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Throw Away Your Favorite Lean Tool

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 08-06-20

Whether it’s problem-solving, or kaizen, or process optimization, or waste elimination…no matter what you’re trying to accomplish, you must have a firm understanding of the current reality. This doesn’t mean just the results, but the process or work or causes that lead to those results. Every lean thinker understands this.

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Working on the Very Big Problem [from the archives]

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 07-29-20

This article first appeared on JFlinch on 10-12-09. Problems will always be with mankind, read as Jamie asks some basic yet key questions to help you get to the root of your problems.   Do you have a starting point for your strategic plans? A very short post today, but

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Lean Teams Partnering with other Groups

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 07-28-20

Your lean team isn’t the only group that supports the company. Others do as well. You hope that you all have a unique value proposition, but there is likely overlap, and perhaps even the potential for greater value. Who should you partner with? How should you partner, and how might

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Your Lean Team Resources

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 07-23-20

You’ve decided to organize your people to help drive lean. Who should you select? Should you build (grow internally) or buy (hire experience)? How many people do you need? And what are the alternatives? In this 3rd video in the Organizing Your Lean Team series, we explore these questions. Watch

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A Waste Walk on my Morning Routine

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 07-22-20

While I try to practice a lens for waste in all of my work and passionately eliminate what I can, I haven’t done an actual waste walk on my work in a while. So I thought I would do a waste walk on the part of my work that has

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A Centralized or Decentralized Lean Team?

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 07-16-20

There is no universally best way to organize those resources who identify as lean or continuous improvement people. Should you have them centrally located in one team? Should you embed them throughout the company in a decentralized way? Should you do a hybrid of both? What matters in making this

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Lean in a Post COVID-19 World

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 07-14-20

The world has changed, how should lean change with it? If you’re a lean professional or lean practitioner, how are you adding value now? How has it affected your lean work? Hear a few of my thoughts on how we must change.  

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Where Broken, Come Back Stronger

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 07-09-20

Many things are broken today – hospitals, businesses, processes, sales channels, collaborations, and even people. While I actually believe more things will return to normal that is often reported (albeit taking a couple / few years).  I think “return to normal” misses the point. When something is broken, there is

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Becoming a Better Coach: Some Lessons from The Trillion Dollar Coach

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 07-02-20

I recently read the book The Trillion Dollar Coach: The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley’s Bill Campbell. Besides the fact that he was a coach to Steve Jobs, Eric Schmidt and others of such stature (hence the title), I loved that (a) he connected his sports coaching with his business

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The Role of the Lean Team

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 06-25-20

Chances are that your organization has some form of a Lean team, but those resources come in all sorts of different forms. In the next several videos, we will explore how to Organize Your Lean Team, starting with this video where we explore the role of lean resources. What should

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