decision making

Why should you have a Chief Engineer? 

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 10-27-20

I’ve had conversations with numerous advisory clients this year about the role of the Chief Engineer. To be clear, I don’t generally advocate that an organization install this role. It is heralded in the lean product development community as a key aspect of such a transformation. Other than having clear

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Decisions about Making Decisions [Lessons from the Road]

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 08-20-12

My latest column for Industry Week, Lessons from the Road, titled Decisions about Making Decisions has been posted. Here is the intro:   One of the most important domains within organizations that lean too infrequently injects itself is decision-making. The who, what, when and how of decision-making is ultimately one

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Prioritize to Finish, not to Start

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 07-11-11

There’s a lot of focus on prioritization and rightly so. There are so many things I can get you distracted, not prioritizing can generate a great deal of waste. However, when individuals or organizations decide to prioritize, they often focus on the wrong factors. What everybody wants to prioritize our

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How more information doesn’t lead to better decisions

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 12-06-10

I recently applied to refinance a mortgage. Of course, bad mortgages were the tracks which the economic train derailed from. New regulations are inevitable when that happens as elected officials want to show their constituents that they fixed it. I’ve gotten to see some of those new regulations and did

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This is NOT a tree

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 10-29-10

This is not a tree. Can you tell me what it really is? Time’s up. It is a picture of a tree. No, it’s not a stupid trick question…there is a point behind it. So often people confuse the real thing with the representation of that thing. This picture of

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“I disagree” should be celebrated, not stricken

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 10-27-10

In today’s politically correct world, conflict is avoided seemingly at all costs. But without active conflict management, good decisions cannot be made. I propose we need more tolerance rather than more sensitivity. As a sign of how overly far sensitivity has gone, we were once told not to use the

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The devil you don’t know lives on the greener grass

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 10-06-10

“The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.” This popular phrase carries a sentiment that human beings tend towards jealousy. We look at what other people have and assume their condition is easier, better, or more effective than the condition we face. One of my most

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