Month: December 2010

Blog Carnival Annual Roundup: 2010 – Beyond Lean

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 12-23-10

This is my last installment of the Annual Roundup of lean blogs. I’ve already covered the following: John Hunter’s Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog Karen Wilhelm’s Lean Reflections Tim McMahon’s A Lean Journey Post I review someone new to the lean blog sphere, Matt Wrye. Matt’s blog is titled Beyond

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Blog Carnival Annual Roundup: 2010 – A Lean Journey

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 12-22-10

This is the 3rd part of my Annual Roundups of lean blogs as part of John Hunter’s program. Monday I reviewed the Curious Cat Management Improvement blog. Yesterday I reviewed Lean Reflections. Today I review Tim McMahon’s A Lean Journey. I recently had the change to meet Tim, and hear

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Blog Carnival Annual Roundup: 2010 – Lean Reflections

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 12-21-10

This is the second part of my Annual Roundups as part of John Hunter’s review roundup. Yesterday I reviewed John Hunter’s own blog. Today I’m reviewing my good friend Karen Wilhelm’s Lean Reflections. Karen was formerly the Editor of SME’s Lean Directions e-newsletter, which was a solid collection of news

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Blog Carnival Annual Roundup: 2010 – Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 12-20-10

Each year, as led by John Hunter, many of the lean bloggers contribute to the Carnival Annual Roundup. Last year I reviewed three bloggers, and Jon Miller reviewed mine. This year I will be reviewing four bloggers, one each day until Thursday. Today I am starting the man who started

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Matt Wrye's Reflections from the Lean Experience

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 12-16-10

At the moment, I am teaching a Lean Experience at our Center for a group of mixed companies that include retail, transportation, micro-brews, and more. Recently, we delivered a private session at the company where lean blogger Matt Wrye works. Matt converted several of his lessons from the class into

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Houston, we have a problem…or don't we?

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 12-08-10

Do you have problems in your organization? Does everyone agree on what they are? Teams worry about problem solving processes and problem solving skills. But if they can’t even agree on what would be a problem and what wouldn’t be, then what’s the point? Is the report or order being

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How more information doesn't lead to better decisions

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 12-06-10

I recently applied to refinance a mortgage. Of course, bad mortgages were the tracks which the economic train derailed from. New regulations are inevitable when that happens as elected officials want to show their constituents that they fixed it. I’ve gotten to see some of those new regulations and did

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The 25 Problems Problem Presentation

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 12-02-10

This morning I am delivering a presentation for Lehigh University’s Iaccoca Institute. We will have many people from different organizations within the Lehigh Valley. The presentation is titled The 25 Problems Problem, or The 25 Straws that Broke the Manager’s Back. The topic is how organizations have to rethink problem

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Leading Lean: Driving Innovation at Every Level

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 12-01-10

I have a new post published on Assembly Magazine. See the full article on that site. Every corporation wants to be innovative. But, being innovative is not a behavior. It’s not something on your to-do list between picking up dry cleaning and writing performance reviews. Innovation is the by-product of

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