Month: April 2010

Organizational Design Solves Lean Challenges

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 04-29-10

Organizational design can be used to solve problems or enhance lean methods. I wrote on the relationship that HR can play with lean, and fitting in with organizational design, in Organizational Design and Role of HR in Lean. Certainly mental models are challenged within a lean journey and the organizational

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Noses In, Fingers Out

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 04-27-10

Noses In, Fingers Out is a long-standard rule of thumb for boards of directors and the organizations they govern. What does it mean? Well, that’s not so clear especially as the world has gotten more complicated. Fundamentally it means that board members should have their noses in the business. They

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The Power of 1

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 04-22-10

Last week I was visiting a very large operation in Costa Rica. As the strategy was being discussed, I noticed that we were going to review 5S efforts later in my visit. I started questioning this line of thought, because they had so many things going on in their organization

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Printing Industries of America Conference

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 04-20-10

Today I am giving a speech at the Printing Industries of America conference in Tampa, Florida. The topic is Developing People Using A3 Thinking. I have written a lot about the A3 process before and you can find some of my posts here. Here is the presentation I will be

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American Machine Tool Distributors' Association

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 04-19-10

Today I am presenting at the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association annual meeting. Some of you know that I have some roots in this industry as my father ran Weldon Machine Tool. Below in Slideshare you can see a modified version of my presentation. AMTDA for slideshare View more presentations

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We're always thinking about value

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“Sponsor our program and reach 100s of prospective clients” – I hear it all the time. We at the Lean Learning Center get calls and emails and mailers to sponsor conferences, programs, special reports, and so on. But we always think in terms of value. I can’t understand what value

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Understanding the local culture

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 04-15-10

In this next video in our Cultural Transformation Series, I talk about the impact that the local culture can have on the culture and behaviors that you are trying to drive. For example, in some cultures it is considered beneath a manager to go out to the factory floor to

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Sociable! Book Review

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 04-12-10

Sociable! book by Steve Jagger and Shane Gibson came out recently. I met Steve last year and have enjoyed watching his various entrepreneurial pursuits through social media, which is why I thought checking out the book Sociable!: How Social Media is Turning Sales and Marketing Upside Down (Amazon Affiliate link)

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Why we won't do 100 kaizens for you

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 04-08-10

Every day at the Lean Learning Center is an adventure. We approach our work with clients with an extreme bias towards flexibility. We do have standard work for activities, but how we might engage a client will be different every time. And that starts with a wide range of requests.

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Frittering the time away

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 04-06-10

Does your company pay as much attention to wasted time as wasted money? I doubt it. Sure, we can throw around the phrase “time is money” but usually in an attempt to tell someone that they’re wasting our time. We have financial reports, ROI, annualized savings, and mechanism after mechanism

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