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    The Lean Accounting Guidebook: Second Edition by Steven Bragg


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    Book Description
    The Lean Accounting Guidebook reveals how to streamline the accounting department with over 150 improvement tips for billing, collections, cost accounting, fixed assets, payables, payroll, and more. The book describes how to use value stream mapping, flow charting, traffic analysis, and measurement systems to decide which changes to make, including discussions of how to maximize the value created by the various improvements. There are links to relevant podcast episodes. [241 pages]


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    Table of Contents

    Part 1 - Overview
    Chapter 1. Overview of Lean Accounting

    Part 2 - Major Processes
    Chapter 2. Lean Customer Billing
    Chapter 3. Lean Cash Receipts
    Chapter 4. Lean Accounts Payable
    Chapter 5. Lean Payroll
    Chapter 6. Lean Financial Statements

    Part 3 - Other Accounting Areas
    Chapter 7. Lean Credit Management
    Chapter 8. Lean Collections
    Chapter 9. Lean Inventory Accounting
    Chapter 10. Lean Cost Accounting
    Chapter 11. Lean Fixed Asset Accounting
    Chapter 12. The Lean General Ledger Environment
    Chapter 13. The Lean Approach to Budgeting
    Chapter 14. Lean Filing
    Chapter 15. Lean Controls and Procedures 


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    Every company should be willing to look into improving its accounting operations. The Lean Accounting Guidebook gives concrete, actionable information to help analyze and transform accounting areas. Even if you cannot turn the whole department lean, The Lean Accounting Guidebook will help improve your financial reporting effort. - Ken Koch, CEO, Business Resources Management, Inc.

    The Lean Accounting Guidebook provides a vital roadmap to achieving critical controller function objectives by using the highly effective “lean” process evaluation and improvement  techniques. The “lean” and process evaluation tools of value stream mapping and measurement, flow charting, process run charting, error measurement and analysis, and traffic analysis are described and illustrated to describe the means to achieve an optimal balance of controller function key objectives and the need to minimize costs.  Cost minimization objectives are importantly “constrained” by focusing on both maximum resources for analysis to support strategy and growth, and providing accurate and timely history for compliance requirements of financial reporting, payroll and related tax administration, and income tax reporting and planning.  An important additional benefit for the controller organization is the acquisition of skills to enable and foster “lean” improvements in operating functions.  The Lean Accounting Guidebook is a compendium of knowledge and practice essential to the successful controller. - Barrett Peterson, CPA

    The Lean Accounting Guidebook is an excellent introduction to lean accounting procedures and practices – both from a “why it matters” conceptual understanding and a “how to do it and make it work” practical and operational perspective.  The focus on  the lean concept helps organizations operate efficiently and respond quickly to issues and opportunities.  In today’s highly competitive business environment, those are traits that help companies maximize profit and maintain healthy growth.  This book is an extremely helpful reference for business owners and people in the accounting / business operations / sales operations departments at larger companies.  And, the references to the online podcasts are an added bonus, providing additional context and information to provide increased depth to key topics.  Financial management is important to any successful business, and this book provides the foundation for enhancing and improving those operations. - Chip Nickolett, Vice President of Sales and Services, Actian Corporation