LeanJourney

Relentless Patience

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 11-18-20

When people talk about a lean journey, they say the word “journey” as if they understand it will take time to change a culture, however, their behavior often reveals they don’t have the relentless patience will actually take to create change.  We talk about the effort required to changing culture but

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A Wider View of Innovation

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 11-17-20

Innovation means different things to different people. It also unfortunately means different things to different organizations. Organizations can get trapped in their traditional views on innovation, and it is time to adopt a wider view of what innovation can and should be.      

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Change at the Right Level

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 11-10-20

Many, if not all organizations (including governments and non-profits) are having to change to deal with the multiple crises of 2020. Some of those changes are positive, some negative, and some a matter of life and death. But, are you trying to change at the right level? Many are only

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Lessons from The Map of Knowledge

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 11-05-20

This will certainly read a little different from my typical blog posts, and even my typical book reviews. It’s not even a business or leadership book (or is it?). I recently read The Map of Knowledge, and there are some important perspectives to take away from a book such as

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Trust in Product Development

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 10-06-20

What does trust have to do with product development? I have written quite a bit about product development, and also about trust (for links, see the bottom of this article). But what do they have to do with one another other than the fact that one is important and the

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Final Lessons from the Road: Know Thyself, Improve Thyself [Lessons from the Road]

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 08-14-19

While I intend to continue contributing online occasionally, this is my final Lessons from the Road column for IndustryWeek’s print edition. I have written this column for eight years. I have enjoyed interacting with readers, and I hope the column has provided value for you. Writing this column has helped

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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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Solving (or embracing?) conflicts of interest

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 08-15-16

I’ve had to resolve many conflicts of interest over the years. I’ve always felt uneasy about them, and often went to extremes just to avoid the impression of a conflict of interest. Then someone said something to me that really got me thinking: “If you don’t have any conflicts of

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