Month: August 2011

Who is really running the business? [Guest Post]

by Jauna Werner on 08-31-11

Guest Post: Jauna Werner is a certified Lean and Agile practitioner with experience in the retail, technology, medical and defense industries.  Besides her work in industry, Jauna enjoys teaching Operations Management at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs and introducing the next generation of managers to Lean thinking and

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Lean Topics in Linkedin Discussions

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 08-29-11

LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network with over 120 million members and growing rapidly. LinkedIn helps exchange knowledge, ideas, and opportunities with a network of professionals. And speaking of that, LinkedIn has also served as a portal to many great discussions. LinkedIn Groups, of course, became the forum that

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Lean Strategy: Understanding Current Reality through Catch-Ball

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 08-26-11

[viddler id-f95ebbf6 h-370 w-437] On this Lean Strategy Video Series, we will look into another part of the Hoshin Kanri process called Catch-ball. We will look into the real valuable part of the process aside from letting your team be part of the strategic planning. Learn more by watching the

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The ability to change… personally and in business [Guest Post]

by Kurt Woolley on 08-24-11

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. The other day, as I was scrubbing the dishes with the same old brush that we’ve used for years, I glanced at the crusty, worn, bent

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Seeing the Potential for Failure

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 08-22-11

On Saturday, I was flying from ABQ to ATL on Delta Airlines. I was looking forward to catching up on some work after our breakfast service. I noticed that when they brought me a coffee, that Delta had changed their coffee mugs. It was an updated more modern look (even

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Lean Strategy: Use the A3, or the X-Matrix?

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 08-19-11

[viddler id-6f420fe0 h-370 w-437] In this installment of the Lean Strategy Video Series, we’ll talk about a template used in the concept of Hoshin Kanri called the “X Matrix“. While companies starts their effort to Hoshin Kanri, o lot is put in the emphasis of the X-matrix. While most people

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Why do we still use RE-training as a "solution" to problems so frequently?

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 08-17-11

Through my coaching efforts with clients, I get to see a lot of problems and a lot of solutions. I’ve never tried to take the solutions as data and categorize them. If I did, I think the most common solution people try is… retraining. Not training, RE-training. As in AGAIN.

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How to Sustain Front Line Process Improvement Activities

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 08-14-11

Our process-focused blogging friend Brad Power wrote an interesting post on our other friends from Technicolor, in their efforts to sustain the front line process improvements that were written about in All You Gotta Do is Ask. The post is titled How to Sustain Front Line Process Improvements. Here’s an

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Lean Strategy: Structured like a Kaizen Event

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 08-12-11

[viddler id-371710cc h-370 w-437] This Friday on the Lean Strategy video series, we’ll talk a little more technical about the strategy development from a lean perspective. Basically, strategy development should be structured the same way a Kaizen event is. How? Watch the video and find out. Show Notes and Approximate

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4 Loops of Quality

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 08-09-11

I just finished delivering an audio conference for Progressive Business Audio Conferences on our 4 Loops of Quality. It’s our lens for both assessing and designing quality systems. Here’s the presentation. It’s not meant to stand alone as a document, but if you have any specific questions, I will do

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