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White space for important work [Lessons from the Road]

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 02-29-16

In 2016 I am trying, with my column Lessons from the Road, to stretch people’s thinking and not just refine it. I hope that most of my columns will generate some disagreement or at least some questions. This month in White space for important work I am addressing Leader Standard

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Make Your Process Fragile [Lessons from the Road]

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 02-01-16

I have been writing columns for 10 years now, first with a regular feature for Assembly Magazine titled Leading Lean, and for the last 5 years with IndustryWeek with Lessons from the Road, a title chosen from the sub-title of my book with Andy Carlino, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Lean.

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IndustryWeek's Lean Leadership Guidebook

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 12-20-15

I was flipping through the latest copy of IndustryWeek and came across this page. I wasn’t aware it was being run, but it’s nice to know that IW considers my columns useful enough to put them together in a guidebook. You can download the Lean Leadership Guidebook here.

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How to Engage with the Lean Community [Lessons from the Road]

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 12-07-15

From the conferences I’ve attended to the unsolicited emails I receive, I’ve been continually impressed by the quality of engagement throughout the lean community. There is plenty of interest in learning, sharing, and collaborating. I wrote my regular IndustryWeek column on how to engage with the lean community, as there

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Rethinking organizational design [Lessons from the Road]

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 10-22-15

I’m not sure there is a topic where the ratio of organizational impact to effort and thought put into it can be higher. People throw together organizational designs based on a whim, with often very little thought as to the consequences. Yet it affects decision making, process, and so on.

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The Need for Training Within Industry [Lessons from the Road]

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 06-09-15

In this installment of my IndustryWeek Lessons from the Road column, I address some of the needs and challenges of Training Within Industry, after reflections from my keynote at Lean Frontier’s TWI / Lean HR Summit. In The Need for Training Within Industry, I don’t so much cover the basics

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Beyond the Lean Initiative [Lessons from the Road]

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 04-08-15

Through my IndustryWeek column, Lessons from the Road, I’ve been exploring some of the issues associated with the ongoing maturing of a lean journey. In this installment, Beyond the Lean Initiative, I explore issues with making lean an integral part of the organization. It can no longer be an initiative.

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Losing Control of Your Lean Journey [Lessons from the Road]

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 02-11-15

Do you feel a little out of control of your lean journey? Good. The lean journey is not one that can be so self-contained that one person or team can keep their arms around it. If they can, it either hasn’t reached that important transitional point, or you are choking

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Building a Strong Lean Foundation [Lessons from the Road]

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 11-30-14

Organizational transformation is a tricky challenge. Many, if not most, of the questions I received have to do with how to transform an organization. And a small organization is just as challenging as a large organization, but for different reasons. In the last installment of Lessons from the Road, I

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The Lean Starting Line [Lessons from the Road]

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 10-02-14

It’s time for another installment of Lessons from the Road, my column for IndustryWeek. In the next few installments, I will talk about the lean roadmap, or how to handle the change management of the lean journey. This month, I am talking about the beginning of the journey, The Lean

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