Lessons from the Road: Making Oobeya Work

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 12-07-16

It’s hard to sound more jargony (yes, I made up that word) than oobeya, but its functionality for improving communication and collaboration for teams is unparalleled. And so, after IndustryWeek’s Jill Jusko described it in Obeya: The Brain of the Lean Enterprise, that opened the door for me to cover

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A must-read leadership book: Leadership Without Excuses

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 02-15-15

There are 1,000s of leadership books out there. And for good reason. Leadership is one of the secret weapons of success whether it be in lean transformation in a Fortune 50 company or running a 3-person startup or running a high school science class. It’s really far too important to

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The value of considered thought (and what Jeff Bezos is doing about it)

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 01-07-13

How are your meetings run? If they are anything like many of the meetings I observe, they are filled with presentation of pre-determined opinion, sharing from participants of more pre-determined opinion, and then a little time left at the end for consideration and decision-making. That might be fine for something

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There is one plan, and we’re all working on it

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 03-14-11

At 10 AM on Tuesday, we will talk about our improvement plans from our value stream mapping sessions. At 3 PM on Wednesday, we’ll meet on our latest strategic initiative. Thursday afternoon whenever we can find time, we’ll talk about the problems taken from our problem board.   Friday morning

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