Give authority to those closest to the information

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 08-17-16

The following video was recently shared with me, and it reminding me of hearing the speaker in person. It’s a great story. It is the story of Captain David Marquet, Commander of a nuclear submarine, which is an environment that is perhaps least tolerance of leadership failures, and therefore a

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The relationship between design thinking and lean thinking

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 12-02-15

Design thinking is a concept that is as hard to pin down and define singularly as it is with lean. But the two have collided and converged as people look for new ideas to solve their most challenging problems and inspire the most insightful thinking. Both practices are meant to

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The Principle of Marginal Gains

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 08-29-13

Today, I ask just one simple question: If we understand that excellence in sport is the product of commutative marginal gains, then why do we think business performance all comes from big solutions to big problems? Marginal gains, in the process, added together one day after the next, is what

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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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4 Loops of Quality

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 08-09-11

I just finished delivering an audio conference for Progressive Business Audio Conferences on our 4 Loops of Quality. It’s our lens for both assessing and designing quality systems. Here’s the presentation. It’s not meant to stand alone as a document, but if you have any specific questions, I will do

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Printing Industries of America Conference

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 04-20-10

Today I am giving a speech at the Printing Industries of America conference in Tampa, Florida. The topic is Developing People Using A3 Thinking. I have written a lot about the A3 process before and you can find some of my posts here. Here is the presentation I will be

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American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 04-19-10

Today I am presenting at the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association annual meeting. Some of you know that I have some roots in this industry as my father ran Weldon Machine Tool. Below in Slideshare you can see a modified version of my presentation. AMTDA for slideshare View more presentations

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Some Christmas Blogger Fun

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 12-24-09

Mark Graban of LeanBlog was nice enough (the way an 8 year old boy is nice to his 6 year old brother) to put together this collection of lean bloggers in this Elf dance. Besides Mark and myself, you will also find Kevin Meyer of Evolving Excellence, Pete Abilla of

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Take Fridays Off, or Work While They Slack?

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 12-19-09

Here are two contrasting points via video. One video is from Chris Brogan of The other video is from Cameron Herold of BackPocket COO. Check out both the videos. Chris says work while they slack and you can distance yourself from the competition. Cameron says take Fridays off. No,

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