Lean Learning Center

12 years of progress, and still moving forward

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 05-31-13

It’s been 12 years since we launched the Lean Learning Center, and 13 years since we started working on the idea. Some things are the same – Andy Carlino and I are still here; and some things change – we’ve added new partners Susan Pleasant and Bill Artzberger. The Lean

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Launching the Israel Lean Enterprise

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 02-09-11

Last week, I was in Israel to launch the Lean Learning Center‘s partnership with the Israel Lean Enterprise. Israel Lean Enterprise is an affiliate of the Lean Enterprise Institute founded originally by Jim Womack and now lead by John Shook. Several country-specific affiliates have been formed, and Israel’s was only

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20 years of consulting: Andy Carlino

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 01-26-11

Tonight I presented my partner at the Lean Learning Center, Andy Carlino, with the following gift. This year marks some milestones. One is that the Lean Learning Center has been open for 10 years. The other, just as significant, is that we mark 20 years of consulting for Andy. He’s

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Matt Wrye's Reflections from the Lean Experience

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 12-16-10

At the moment, I am teaching a Lean Experience at our Center for a group of mixed companies that include retail, transportation, micro-brews, and more. Recently, we delivered a private session at the company where lean blogger Matt Wrye works. Matt converted several of his lessons from the class into

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Why we have a LinkedIn Group

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 10-13-10

LinkedIn is known to some as a professional version of Facebook, even if it did start sooner. It is social media, but with a strong professional bent. Over 80 million people are members at LinkedIn, ranging from the dormant accounts to the hyperactive users with thousands of connections. Members include

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4 ways our value stream training may be different than yours

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 09-23-10

Value stream mapping training is almost like six sigma training these days – a dime a dozen. There is so much content out there, and so much of it is the same. At the Lean Learning Center, we’ve always focused on solving problems that had not yet been solved, or

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How to read a book in an hour

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 06-16-10

For those of you who have taken our Lean Experience, you know we have a very structured multi-step process to kick things off in which approximately 40 people read books, distill them to key points, share them with other, build common themes and ideas and prepare a presentation. A part

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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 at the Lean Learning Center 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

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Why we won't do 100 kaizens for you

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 04-08-10

Every day at the Lean Learning Center is an adventure. We approach our work with clients with an extreme bias towards flexibility. We do have standard work for activities, but how we might engage a client will be different every time. And that starts with a wide range of requests.

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Doing More with Less

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 02-01-10

This article originally appeared in Lean Progress, the quarterly newsletter of the Lean Learning Center available to subscribers. I also started this thought with a brief video blog in November. What’s your definition of lean? There are many. Personally, I think you shouldn’t focus too much energy on developing definitions.

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