Published Articles

Lessons from the Road: Sustaining Your 5S Efforts

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 05-19-11

My 2nd installment of Lessons from the Road, my new column for Industry Week is now available. This month the topic is Sustaining Your 5S Efforts. One of my early columns for Assembly Magazine titled Planning 5S? First Know Why! 5 years later, it’s still one of the most popular

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Lessons from the Road: Surfacing Problems Daily

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 03-21-11

This month I am starting a new column for Industry Week. The title of the column is Lessons from the Road. Lessons from the Road is the subtitle of our book The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Lean. In this new column, I hope to provide pragmatic and actionable advice for companies

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The Lean Edge: Capital is a resource of last resort

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 03-15-11

I have a new post published on The Lean Edge. See the full article on that site. The question asked was “what is the lean approach to capital?” In some ways, this is the wrong question. The reason is that the lean organization and the lean thinker is not looking

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3 Key Skills that Enable Innovation

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 03-01-11

I have a new post published on Blogging Innovation. See the full article on that site.   by Jamie Flinchbaugh Innovation is obviously a major attribute in the competitiveness of a company (or a government, or a school, or an individual). There are many ways to achieve innovation, and no

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Leading Lean: A Fond Farewell

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 02-18-11

I have a new post published on Assembly Magazine. See the full article on that site. I have written “Leading Lean” for ASSEMBLY for over 5 years. This marks my 55th and final contribution. I still have plenty to say, but it’s time for me to move on from this

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A Fond Farewell, and a New Beginning

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 02-03-11

This is my last column of Leading Lean for Assembly Magazine. After 5 years and 55 columns, it is time to move on. The column can be found here. I will soon be starting a new column very soon for Industry Week magazine. The title will be Lessons from the

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Leveraging Constraints for Creativity

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 01-19-11

I have a new post published on Blogging Innovation. See the full article on that site. by Jamie Flinchbaugh Creativity remains one of the most nebulous and elusive capabilities for organizational performance. Yet there is more knowledge and science available today than ever to help us through the challenge. Creativity

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Leading Lean: Driving Innovation at Every Level

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 12-01-10

I have a new post published on Assembly Magazine. See the full article on that site. Every corporation wants to be innovative. But, being innovative is not a behavior. It’s not something on your to-do list between picking up dry cleaning and writing performance reviews. Innovation is the by-product of

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Leading Lean: Do You Know Your Control Points?

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 10-01-10

I have a new post published on Assembly Magazine. See the full article on that site. Ever have the strange feeling that something big is wrong, but you don’t know what it is? Managing by control points is the only cure…. Continue reading….

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Lean Confusion? You can say that again

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 09-17-10

Recently Industry Week published an article called Lean Confusion. In it was the following data from their surveys: What really shocks me is that 25 percent of companies feel that their lean journey is “complete”. How is this possible? Here’s my real struggle with this idea. If they have gotten

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