Month: May 2012

Standard work is not a replacement for skill and knowledge

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 05-29-12

This post originally appeared on the blog at Lean Learning Center. Standard work takes many different forms once it is applied. In an assembly environment with 90 second cycle times, it may lay out step-by-step precise activities down to the second and whether you use your left hand or your

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A discussion on "don't just change the process if people aren't following the existing one"

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 05-25-12

In April (April 1st, actually, but it wasn’t an April Fool’s Joke), I wrote a post titled Don’t just change the process if people aren’t following the existing one. That’s a long title, but I didn’t have a cute way to frame the topic in a shorter way. Recently, the

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Are you working on the right problems?

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 05-17-12

Lean is not all about waste, despite what we see in most definitions and applications. If it were about one thing (which oversimplifies things) it would be about problem solving, at all levels of the organization. We take problem solving for granted. Why? Because we’ve been doing it since we

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Building a Problem Solving Organization Presentation

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 05-15-12

I want to thank Enterprise Minnesota and the Center for Business & Industry for hosting me during the Lean Enterprise Summit held today. The following are my slides from my talk on building a problem solving organization.  

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To hell with your competitors, compete against perfection

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 05-10-12

This is a quote from the book Lean Thinking by Jim Womack and Daniel Jones, and I think one of the most useful phrases brought out from this book. What does it mean? So many companies spend considerable amount of time focusing on their competitors: what are they doing? What’s

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