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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by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 08-04-09

Welcome to, a project that has been a long time coming. I have been blogging since 2005 but as a guest blogger on various sites, particularly I will continue to do so, but will share here more frequent content, links, stories, and news. You will hear mostly my

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Chasing the Rabbit: How Market Leaders Outdistance the Competition and How Great Companies Can Catch Up and Win

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 02-03-09
[amazon asin=B001JAHF30&template=iframe image] Author: Steven Spear Publication Date: 2008 Book Description: What's the key message? Steven Spear's years of observing Toyota and his studies of other companies, both successes and failures, have led him to distill a set of principles organizations can use to be more successful. Spear indicates that Read More

The Halo Effect

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 09-06-08
[amazon asin=0743291255&template=iframe image] Author: Phil Rosenzweig Publication Date: 2007 Book Description: What's the key message? The most popular and inspiring books on business success, like "Good to Great," "Authentic Leadership," and "In Search of Excellence," are based on faulty research and conclusions, says Phil Rosenzweig, formerly on the faculty of Read More

Lean Kaizen: A Simplified Approach to Process Improvements

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[amazon asin=0873896890&template=iframe image] Author: George Alukai & Anthony Manos Publication Date: 2006 Book Description: What's the key message? This book is published by the American Society for Quality (ASQ) and is based on the authors' work developing and delivering a two-day course in lean enterprise and an additional one-day course Read More