Interactive discussion with Paul Akers: Lean is simple

July 8, 2020 | 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Central Time
Contact AME: 224-232-5980 |

Paul Akers has taken his manufacturing business from the garage to worldwide distribution in 20 years by pursuing one goal: to serve the customer by improving every day and keeping lean simple. 

Paul Akers is an entrepreneur, business owner, author, speaker and lean maniac. His company, FastCap, has a catalog of more than 600 woodworking products with more than 3000 distributors in 40 countries. He credits the astounding business growth to a fun, dynamic culture in which each of the employees puts into practice at least one two-second improvement per day. Akers developed that culture by hiring the right people, relentlessly teaching and reinforcing the eight wastes in a daily morning meeting and empowering people to experiment and fail. 

Until you and your employees see waste in everything that you do, you won’t understand lean. How do you know when you and your employees “get it”? When they use lean principles at home! Want to ensure failure? Overcomplicate it and sterilize lean with too many charts, graphs, and work documents.

His lessons aren’t all orthodox, but he swears by them and so do many other businesses around the world. Join us for a one-hour interactive virtual event and learn "2-Second Lean." You will be shocked by how simple and fun it really is!

For a preview, check out Akers' keynote presentation at AME Boston 2017!


Paul Akers is an entrepreneur, business owner, author, speaker and lean maniac. He has written four books on lean ("2-Second Lean," "Lean Health," "Lean Travel," and "Lean Life") and he travels the world to educate and speak about lean principles and lean manufacturing. Akers has a podcast called The American Innovator, in which he shares his lean and travel adventures. For more information on Paul Akers and lean, visit his website,

He is the founder and president of FastCap, based in Ferndale, Washington. FastCap is an international product development company founded in 1997 with over 2000 distributors worldwide. At its core, FastCap is a lean company, determined to continuously improve everything, every day. FastCap's products reflect the idea that everything can be improved and the best ideas come from the shop floor. For more information on FastCap, visit For FastCap's Blog, visit