Month: May 2011

What is the purpose of waste elimination? And the natural law of gas

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 05-31-11

Waste elimination seems pretty straightforward, right? Of course waste elimination is good, so why do we need a purpose? Because when we free up waste, most organizations don’t know what to do with it. To be clear about this, you first need to be clear about the strategic direction or

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Jamie Flinchbaugh: How would you measure lean success?

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 05-30-11

I have a new post published on The Lean Edge. See the full article on that site. The question asked was “what counts as ‘lean success’?” Albert Einstein once said: Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts. I see most people making

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Lean Strategy: The Role of Ideal State Thinking

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 05-27-11

[viddler id-b6d6c583 h-370 w-437] In the second Friday Strategy session on Lean Strategy, I explore how we can incorporate and apply lean thinking, specifically the use of the ideal state, in building or developing your business strategy. Building the aspirational models of the ideal state for the business helps provide

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Forget the Annual Budget, "Let it Roll"

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 05-25-11

I’m always perplexed and frustrated by the annual budgeting process. The waste I see it creating, even from outside organizations, is incredibly large. People start planning things financially before they have any idea of what to do. People postpone things that they shouldn’t because it’s not yet in the budget,

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Leaning-out “dead wood” in a subcontractor-based business [Guest Post]

by Kurt Woolley on 05-23-11

Guest Post: Kurt Woolley is Lean Champion within Intel’s Fab/Sort Manufacturing (FSM) organization, and founder of Atmos Industries. See more on his LinkedIn profile at Do lean methods apply within a subcontractor-based business? Oh yes! In my recent journeys, I’ve had the opportunity to work with a sub-contractor business –

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Lean Strategy: The Role of Competition

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 05-20-11

[viddler id-8f69771f h-370 w-437] Today we are beginning a new video series on the topic of strategy. I will be sharing these videos on Fridays. Why Fridays? I think the weekend is a great time to be thinking about strategy, because it allows us to step back from the business

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A new post on Blogging Innovation: There's Always Another New Approach

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 05-19-11

A new blog post on the Blogging Innovation website, There’s Always Another New Approach… Last year I saw a comment from a respected entrepreneur who was claiming “all the big ideas have already been created.” I was highly disappointed, because it’s reeks of pre-1492 attitudes about the Earth. You can’t

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Lessons from the Road: Sustaining Your 5S Efforts

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My 2nd installment of Lessons from the Road, my new column for Industry Week is now available. This month the topic is Sustaining Your 5S Efforts. One of my early columns for Assembly Magazine titled Planning 5S? First Know Why! 5 years later, it’s still one of the most popular

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by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 05-18-11

A great but simple poem… Soup by Carl Sandburg I saw a famous man eating soup. I say he was lifting a fat broth Into his mouth with a spoon. His name was in the newspapers that day Spelled out in tall black headlines And thousands of people were talking

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What Mother's Day Teaches Us about Organizational Transformation

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 05-16-11

First off, yes, I know Mother’s Day was a week ago. I didn’t miss it. What is Mother’s Day? It’s the celebration of something: 1. … completely vital, critical, essential, and, 2. … mostly taken for granted. We do that a lot in our organizations. It’s not a problem to

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