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Connecting Continuous Improvement to the Bottom Line

Presented by Nick Katko

Lean is a long-term business strategy, primarily focusing on employees and learning. Through various continuous improvement practices, employees learn to master their work, solve the right problems and help an organization learn how to do things tomorrow it cannot do today.

The operational impact of continuous improvement is well known. Eliminating waste creates capacity, which can be used to serve customers better, improve productivity and improve employee satisfaction. But what about the financial impact? Oftentimes conventional financial analytical practices do not capture the true financial benefits of continuous improvement. This becomes a “problem to be solved.”

This webinar will explain how to make the true cause-effect relationships between continuous improvement and financial improvement visible throughout the organization. Integrating these relationships will improve the quality of business decision-making and leverage continuous improvement for financial success for the entire organization.

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • the numbers to establish the true cause-effect relationships between continuous improvement and financial improvement.
  • how to use the economics of lean to calculate the financial benefit of continuous improvement
  • how continuous improvement achieves cost reduction over time
  • why certain conventional financial analyses can show that continuous improvement is “not working” financially

About the Presenter:

Nick Katko

President, BMA


Nick is the President and owner of BMA. Since 2002, Nick has leveraged his Lean Accounting experience and philosophy in assisting BMA clients in developing, leading, and coaching them in their Lean Accounting transformations. Clients Nick has served a range of organizations worldwide, from family-owned businesses to multi-national companies in industries such as manufacturing, healthcare, software, engineering, and service.

Nick is an early pioneer of Lean Accounting. In the 1990s, as CFO of Bullard, Nick implemented a complete lean management accounting system in conjunction with Bullard’s Lean transformation, which included eliminating standard costing.

Nick is a regular speaker at the annual Lean Accounting Summit and has also presented at conferences in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

Nick has written extensively on lean accounting. He is the author of “The Lean CFO – 2nd edition” (2023), which is an updated version of the 2013 publication “The Lean CFO.” The Lean CFO has been translated and published in Turkish and Italian. Nick co-authored “Practicing Lean Accounting” (2021), which has also been published in Italian.