LeanJourney

Driving Innovation and the Role of the Board of Directors

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 01-12-21

Boards of Directors, and the shareholders they represent, always want more innovation from their management teams and the company. But what can they do about it? Boards spend more and more of their time on governance, risk management, compliance, compensation, and other factors, many of which have little to do

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Introduction to the Short Course on Purposeful and Productive Life

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 01-08-21

Episode 1 in the Series –   As many people start their new year, they seek ways to lead a more purposeful and productive life. There are many big solutions out there – coaches, books, courses, and more. But through my own coaching, I find there are many nuggets, each

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Hats off to Good Management in 2020

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 12-22-20

A great deal has been written and spoken on the importance of leadership in leading people through the pandemic, including by yours truly. However, there is also something to be said for the importance of management. Good, effective, focused, and diligent management through this pandemic has been essential for many

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Lessons from Lincoln on True North, and the Perils of the Journey

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 12-21-20

Any transformation has a fundamental challenge embedded, that is you are on a journey into new territory. That’s what makes it transformational. This means that you can’t see the destination from where you stand. You must look beyond the horizon, and know that the destination is out there. This requires

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Build your Work / Workplace of the Future Based on Purpose

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 12-16-20

Many organizations are examining and imagining what the work of the future, and the workplace of the future, should become post-pandemic. Some will return to normal, others have already made extreme leaps to something different. But for many, it is a more nuanced and long-term study of what, and how,

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Rethinking (beyond COVID) Your Training Strategies

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 12-15-20

“For too long, L&D has focused on creating day-long training programs where employees are all on the same path, regardless of their individual knowledge or experience” states this article in Chief Learning Officer.   Covid-19 has forced us to test and challenge many of our assumptions, such as whether or

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The Value of Transparency in Product Development

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 12-10-20

We’ve already covered the value of both granularity and cadence. Along with that must come transparency, as, without it, all the information flow, connections, and ability to problem-solve has less value.    First, transparency is a precursor to trust (or is trust required to have transparency? Well, it works both

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Measuring Your Lean Journey

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 12-08-20

If your lean journey is important, shouldn’t you measure it? How should you measure it? This is a common question I receive from my advisory clients. I don’t think there is one right answer, because in part you need to be clear about what question you’re trying to answer, who

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The Value of Cadence in Product Development

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 12-03-20

Previously we explored the benefits of making the work more granular in product development. One thing that this enables is the ability to plan, manage, execute, and monitor the work at a higher cadence. Well, why would you want that? First, it allows us to treat the work as something

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The Value of Building Granularity into Product Development

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 11-24-20

I suspect first we will have to define what is meant by granularity. This means that we plan, manage, execute our work at a more granular or detailed level. This applies to the work itself; it’s not just “execute test” but design the test, plan the test, execute the test,

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