strategy

There is one plan, and we're all working on it

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 03-14-11

At 10 AM on Tuesday, we will talk about our improvement plans from our value stream mapping sessions. At 3 PM on Wednesday, we’ll meet on our latest strategic initiative. Thursday afternoon whenever we can find time, we’ll talk about the problems taken from our problem board. Friday morning there

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Small-i ROI as Applied to Strategy

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 08-20-10

Entrepreneurs and small business owners are all in search of a big return on their investment. How best to maximize my ROI? Many investing are looking for the big-R, the giant market. Where is there billions of dollars of opportunity? Surely, with billions on the table, we can grab a

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Setting Board Priorities

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 07-06-10

GE’s Board of Directors from a couple of years ago. What should boards of directors be focused on? Strategy? People? Competition? There might be several choices that could receive votes that you could feel comfortable about. Would you feel comfortable knowing that the board’s top priority is keeping up with

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For Startups, How Much Process Is Too Much?

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 03-26-10

Eric Ries, author of the StartupLessonsLearned.com blog, has been speaking and writing about lean startups. His particular focus is on software startups, and perhaps even more focused on those that are web-based and broadly distributed products. However, his thoughts on how to use lean principles such as experimentation, structure, and

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To lean, or not to lean?

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 02-05-10

Should you start lean in a difficult period such as this? But shouldn’t I wait things out? Shouldn’t I take it slow? Or keep my head down? No. I think this is a great time for companies to be focused on a lean journey. Here are my reasons. Companies will

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Successful Lean Steering Committees

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 12-21-09

Do you have a group of people leading lean? Whether formal or informal, there is often such as group particularly early in the lean journey (meaning the first several years). I get a lot of questions by email, some by clients and others by readers. Many are two specific to

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If Washington Developed Your Strategy?

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 10-30-09

What happens when your team gets together to discuss strategy? Do you make clear decisions? Earlier this week there was a great post blog post on Entrepreneur.com by Tim Berry. Tim is one of my favorite bloggers about entrepreneurship and startups. This post was titled 5 Simple Obvious Truths About

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Working on the VERY BIG Problem

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 10-12-09

Do you have a starting point for your strategic plans? A very short post today, but I wanted to capture some thoughts on a meeting I was in this weekend. It was the presentation of a long-term plan. When it came to the rationale for the strategic plan, it started

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