Month: June 2011

What are the most difficult industries and activities to introduce lean?

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 06-28-11

I occasionally post on The Lean Edge, which is a post where several lean authors will contribute inputs to the “question of the moment.” The question of the moment right now is: What are the most difficult industries and activities to introduce lean to and why? There many answers. Some

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Lean Strategy: Focus on the How

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 06-24-11

[viddler id-5df79ab0 h-370 w-437] In our continuing video series on Lean Strategy, I want to talk about the “how” of the strategy. Not the “how of strategy building” but the “how of strategy execution.” Show Notes and Approximate Time 00:27 : So often we talk about the “what we’re going

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Jamie's Fables: The Peacock and the Thorn

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 06-15-11

Those of you who have followed me for some time know that I like Aesop’s Fables. They are great ways of encapsulating lessons of life. I’ve been writing on how these lessons apply to lean transformation. You can see all of these examples here. I decided instead of just borrowing

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Fearless Problem Solving [Guest Post]

by Donald Sweigart on 06-14-11

Guest Post: Donald Sweigart worked with “The Body Shop @” which developed the “Star-Link Certified” Lean business model improving Profitability, CSI, and Cycle Time in the Collision Repair Industry. This model is now licensed by a Fortune 100 in it’s Industry-wide Lean Training. His passion is implementing Lean solutions in

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The Death of a Guru: Eli Goldratt

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 06-12-11

Yesterday we lost a legendary guru in the field of continuous improvement, Eli Goldratt (1948 – 2011). Goldratt is most famous for the creation of the Theory of Constraints. His landmark book, The Goal, is something that every single person trying to improve any process should read. Over 3 million

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Waste out > Waste in = Calories out > Calories In

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 06-06-11

When is waste elimination enough? At what point do we run out of waste to eliminate? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard this line of inquiry. Here is one of the many fundamental flaws in this belief: Waste is always creeping back into our process and our

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Lean Strategy: The Role of Reflection

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 06-03-11

[viddler id-98d12765 h-370 w-437] In our continuing Strategy Friday video series on Lean Strategy, I explore how reflection as part of  lean thinking can also be an integral part in building or planning your business strategy, as well as adjusting as you move along.. Show Notes and Approximate Time What

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Highlights from The Hitchhiker's Guide to Lean

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 06-02-11

Earlier today Mark Graban posted on the frequent highlights from Lean Hospitals. I am an avid Kindle user. I’ve loved as I’m reading (right now The House of Morgan ) the ability to see what other people have been highlighting. I never realized you could see the popular highlights accumulated

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Configuring Resources to Your Lean Transformation [Guest Post]

by Nathan Holt on 06-01-11

Guest Post: Nathan Holt is a highly accomplished executive and proactive continuous improvement leader with experience in driving critical operations and enterprise improvement programs in diverse industries. He currently work as  Head of Continuous Improvement and Process Leadership, Americas at Shell Oil Company. One thing I believe we can all agree

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