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Lean thinker Paul O'Neill

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 10-01-09

True lean thinkers in positions of power are hard to come by, but Paul O’Neill may be one of the best examples we have in the US. Former head of Alcoa, former Treasury Secretary under President Bush (for a very short period), and founder of the Pittsburgh Regional Healthcare Initiative

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Deciding When to Dig

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 09-29-09

If lean is about anything, it is about solving problems both large and small. Becoming a world class problem solving organization takes time. It requires learning new skills and developing the culture to truly invest in problem solving as a daily practice. But as you begin this journey, you can’t

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Blog Friday Follows

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 09-25-09

In following the tradition of Twitter’s Friday Follows, where people share who they are following, I thought I would bring the same spirit of sharing to blogging (and encourage other bloggers to do the same). I’ll start with my all-time favorite lean blog, Mark Graban’s LeanBlog.org. I’ve known Mark since

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Inside the mind of Taiichi Ohno

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 09-22-09

A book that is more obscure than it deserves is Taiichi Ohno’s Workplace Management. When most people think of this father of the Toyota Production System, they focus on Taiichi Ohno’s Toyota Production System book. However, that book is more transcribed from Ohno’s thoughts. Workplace Management is more direct, and

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Lessons from my trip around the world

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 09-18-09

Lessons from my trip around the world Every year I promise myself I won’t take 3 week business trips anymore, and every year I break my promise. My recent trip took me interesting places: Poland, Israel, Philippines, Singapore, and Malaysia. Both Poland and Philippines were new to me. Whenever I

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Open Court for Startups

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 09-15-09

Someone starts a business, maybe even get it really launched and see the seeds of progress. But where do they go for advice? The board serves that purpose, but in most small businesses and ventures they are too close to the fire to be truly objective. You could hire someone

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Leading Lean: Develop a Target Condition Before Your Action

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 09-04-09

I have a new post published on Assembly Magazine. See the full article on that site. My last three columns have touched on different aspects of applying lean thinking to projects and problems, including different aspects of A3 thinking and methodology. This month focuses on yet another aspect, the target

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Key Measurements in Implementing Andon

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 09-02-09

I recently received a question about measuring andon, which I’ve extracted here: Based on your experience, when a company is trying to implement an “Andon” system, what are the key measurements you would use to evaluate the effectiveness of the escalation and help system?

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On Evolving Excellence: The Supervisor Transformed

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 08-24-09

This guest blog post is now published on Evolving Excellence. See the full article on that site.
In a lean transformation, a lot of focus is placed on transforming senior leadership up to and including the CEO. This is proper effort. However, whether effective or not, the CEO has had to lead transformation before and will […]

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Leading Lean A-Z: F for be First

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 08-11-09

by Jamie Flinchbaugh, co-author, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Lean[This is a continuation of a thread on Leading Lean topics from A-Z]When visiting companies that feel better about their lean journey than they probably should, perhaps the most common thin…

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