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Perspectives and Reflection in Hard Times

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 03-19-20

I stumbled upon something I wrote 18 years ago, and I thought it was relevant for current times. I wrote it on behalf of an equipment manufacturer who was marketing to manufacturing companies. Manufacturing, in particular, was in deep recession and times were tough. Today, some of your lives are

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Words Make Meaning

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 03-17-20

The language and names that we select and use matter. They help add context or perspective to the object or task and can affect the accessibility of ideas and connection between ideas. For example, when Starbucks started scaling, they used different words for drink sizes, from Tall to Grande to

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Lean Whiskey [Episode 4]

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 07-17-19

In Episode 4 of Lean Whiskey, Mark Graban and Jamie Flinchbaugh (and a cameo from his cat Rocco), longtime friends, lean thinkers, and whiskey enthusiasts, join forces to enjoy a casual conversation — mostly about lean and a little bit about whiskey. We recap Mark’s recent trip to Louisville, including

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Lean Whiskey [Episode 2]

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 05-23-19

In Episode 2 of Lean Whiskey, Mark Graban and Jamie Flinchbaugh, longtime friends, lean thinkers, and whiskey enthusiasts, join forces to enjoy a casual conversation — mostly about lean and a little bit about whiskey. We start by thanking the listeners of Episode 1 who shared their response to hearing

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Takt Time On Unsteady Work

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 04-25-19

How do you match your flow rate to your customer demand rate when you are executing unsteady or unpredictable work? Is it even possible? The answer is yes. Watch my video and learn how to use this lean method and eliminate waste.

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Don’t Hand Over the Keys to Outside Lean Resources

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 03-21-19

While engaging outside resources for your organization certainly has its benefits, you need to be careful not to fall into the pitfall of over-reliance on these lean resources. Believe it or not there can be too much outside help. Watch the video to find out what happens when you rely

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Lean Lessons from ‘The Wizard of Oz’ [Lessons From The Road]

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 03-08-19

What do your lean journey and The Wizard of Oz have in common? More than you might think. In my latest Lessons from the Road column, I take you down the Yellow Brick Road of lean and share with you the similarities in the two journeys. In the article we

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Avoid These Three Lean Pitfalls

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 02-20-19

I have worked with hundreds of companies on their lean journeys and want to share with you some of the pitfalls and challenges businesses experience. Here are three things to avoid as you continue or start your lean journey.  Watch the video for a deeper dive into each pitfall. Lean

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Business Model Canvas- Pivot Points

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 04-30-18

For many startups pivoting means moving away from what they are doing that isn’t working, but for larger organizations, the pivot is often about expanding and leveraging. Your pivot points come from your business model canvas, which gives you your base menu you can build your strategic plan off of.

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Business Model Canvas- Blind Spots

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 04-23-18

Blind spots occur in business when we naturally move toward the areas of business we are most comfortable and interested in and neglect the areas that don’t hold our focus. The business model canvas helps bring into focus neglected areas so that we can take action and improve the business.

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