Industry Week

IndustryWeek's 2011 Manufacturing Hall of Fame

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 01-05-12

IndustryWeek, the magazine for whom I now right a bi-monthly columned titled Lessons from the Road, just released the 2011 class of the Manufacturing Hall of Fame. Our co-founder of the Lean Learning Center, Dennis Pawley, was named in the Class of 2010. I won’t spoil the whole list, which

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Going to the Gemba

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 09-20-11

My latest column for Industry Week, Lessons from the Road, titled Going to the Gemba has been posted. Here is an excerpt: Going to the gemba has become popular for the simple reason that it is powerfully effective. But there is more to it than getting up from your desk, as

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Lessons from the Road: Sustaining Your 5S Efforts

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 05-19-11

My 2nd installment of Lessons from the Road, my new column for Industry Week is now available. This month the topic is Sustaining Your 5S Efforts. One of my early columns for Assembly Magazine titled Planning 5S? First Know Why! 5 years later, it’s still one of the most popular

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10 Management Traps – and How to Avoid Them

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 04-30-11

Recently Steve Minter of Industry Week interviewed a range of people for an article he titled 10 Management Traps – and How to Avoid Them. The ten traps he lists are: 1. Not ‘Nipping it in the Bud’ 2. Squelching the Flow of Bad News 3. Doing Drop-Down Work 4.

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Lessons from the Road: Surfacing Problems Daily

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 03-21-11

This month I am starting a new column for Industry Week. The title of the column is Lessons from the Road. Lessons from the Road is the subtitle of our book The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Lean. In this new column, I hope to provide pragmatic and actionable advice for companies

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Denny Pawley inducted to the Industry Week Hall of Fame

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 11-26-10

We’re happy to see that Dennis Pawley, our co-founder of the Lean Learning Center, was inducted to the Industry Week Hall of Fame. For those who have worked for him, few leaders have had more of an impact on an organization than Denny. He is a personal hero to many,

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Lean Confusion? You can say that again

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 09-17-10

Recently Industry Week published an article called Lean Confusion. In it was the following data from their surveys: What really shocks me is that 25 percent of companies feel that their lean journey is “complete”. How is this possible? Here’s my real struggle with this idea. If they have gotten

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Support startups – they lead to jobs

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 09-14-10

A jobless recovery – that is perhaps the most optimistic I would describe today’s environment. I’m not very optimistic about the economy on the whole. For starters (and we could go on), there is $535 billion in commercial real estate loans coming due over the next year. What do you

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We’re always thinking about value

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 04-19-10

“Sponsor our program and reach 100s of prospective clients” – I hear it all the time. We get calls and emails and mailers to sponsor conferences, programs, special reports, and so on. But we always think in terms of value. I can’t understand what value sponsoring the continental breakfast really

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Get the Most from Your Conference Experience

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 03-15-10

Are you heading to a conference soon? We’re coming up on conference season for many organizations. I observe most people not getting their full value out of the process. I will share why at the end of this post. I have my own schedule. In April alone, I will be

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