Activity-Based Planning (ABP) for Enhancing Lean


About this Event

A workshop (3 consecutive half-day sessions) on how to integrate Activity-Based Planning and Lean to strengthen business process improvement initiatives. 

*** Early bird pricing in effect until May 8, 2021. Price increases to $750.00 on May 9, 2021. 


In partnership with CPA New Brunswick and co-delivered by Landmark Decisions and Barrington OPS, this 1.5 day online workshop delivered over 3 consecutive half-day sessions (7:30am - 11am Eastern) covers the basics of Activity-Based Planning (ABP) and Lean and how they can be merged into a comprehensive approach for business modeling, resource management and process improvement. The ABP methodology which focuses on resource/cost optimization, was popularized in research conducted by CAM-I in its ground-breaking work on “The Closed Loop”. Lean is also a well-established business improvement discipline, originally founded in the Toyota Production System. It concentrates on creating more value for customers with fewer resources and as such, is well aligned with CAM-I’s ABP principles.

Following the Lean Six Sigma DMAIC approach, combining Lean and ABP offer a means to:

Define – understand the problem(s) within the processes and conduct a strategic and operational assessment to determine the best opportunities for business process improvements and utilize a proven methodology to tackle them

Measure – recognize non-value-added activities within a process and how to collect and validate operational, financial, and performance data to model current and future state processes

Analyze – evaluate model results and explore operational and financial relationship to help recognize root causes for waste (non-value-added work) and other process problems

Improve – identify process improvement ideas and test/evaluate potential solutions to assess the impact on throughput, quality, resources, costs and profitability

Control – develop strategies to sustain a Lean-ABP program and move towards a continuous improvement culture through understanding leading performance and quality indicators


Key Learning Objectives:

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • understand the basics of the Lean Six Sigma DMAIC approach to problem solving and how Activity-Based Planning enhances any Lean implementation
  • realize the benefits of this integrated and structured methodology to identify, test and evaluate the cost savings of Lean initiatives for business process improvement
  • evaluate the impact of resource constraints on process efficiency, product/service costs, profitability and budgets
  • Appreciate the value of using a leading Lean-ABP software, Collaborative Business Planning (CBP) for engaging all levels of the organization in Lean initiatives


Who should attend:

  • operational managers, planners and analysts challenged with optimizing business processes
  • financial and resource management professionals responsible for product/service/program costing or budgeting
  • strategic managers, planners and analysts responsible for charting future organizational direction and performance


Workshop Certification:

Participants will receive a White-Belt certification in both Lean and ABP concepts



Logan Baillie, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, EIT, is a consultant with Barrington Consulting providing expertise in Lean Six Sigma implementation, training and coaching. Logan uses his Lean Six Sigma skills and analytical background in engineering to support clients in their pursuit of performance excellence.

Logan has extensive background in both private and public sectors. Having worked in Healthcare, Aerospace, Manufacturing, and Finance, Logan has worked with all levels of client organizations both locally and globally.

His most recent work includes leading various Lean Six Sigma projects in the public sectors. His recent clients include Early Education and Childhood Development, Workers Compensation Board, Service Nova Scotia, and Citco Financial Services. Logan enjoys helping clients solve their toughest problems and is currently pursing a MSc in Analytics

Mike Haley, M.Sc., is President of Landmark Decisions Inc., a Canadian niche consulting firm providing worldwide “performance alignment” facilitation, training, and implementation services. Mike has over 25 years’ experience in developing and delivering professional training on strategic and operational planning and cost modeling techniques which help both private and public-sector organizations improve their business decision-making capacity.

Public sector clients have included Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Coast Guard, Health Canada, Transport Canada, Treasury Board Secretariat, Veterans Affairs, US Navy, and various departments in the New Zealand government. Mike has also worked with private-sector clients such as Air Canada, Bell Aliant, Kroger Foods, Maersk-Sealand, Pfizer, and Telekom Malaysia.

A frequent speaker/lecturer on topics of operational costing and performance reporting, Mike also serves on the Board of the Nova Scotia Chapter of the Financial Management Institute of Canada (, a Canadian not-for-profit volunteer association focused on knowledge sharing in all aspects of public sector financial management.

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