Month: July 2013

4 Keys to Making Innovation a Capability [Lessons from the Road]

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 07-31-13

Is innovation born or built? I don’t know the answer as it applies to people. But as it applies to organizations, it’s built. My latest IndustryWeek Lessons from the Road column, titled Making Innovation a Capability, focuses on building an innovative organization. There are key lean skills and mindset that

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Technology's evolving role in supporting continuous improvement

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 07-25-13

Continuous improvement has always had a strained relationship with technology, for both good reasons and bad. One of the good is that doing things manually and building your own systems can be a one of the most productive means of learning you can create. One of the worst reasons is

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1 useful method for keeping strategic when you're tactically focused

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 07-23-13

This blog post originally appeared on the Lean Learning Center blog. You might be in an organization that is all about the tactical. It’s the “what’s next?”, action-oriented, go-go-go culture. There are certainly benefits to this environment. It avoids inaction and it gets things done; a good idea unimplemented isn’t

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Superstorm Sandy relief, lean, and Toyota

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 07-07-13

This video is great in many ways. First, it’s a great demonstration of how simple lean can be. While it doesn’t capture all of the essence or the experience behind some of the simple improvements, it does show how simple the improvements can be. Second, it demonstrates that when lean

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