Lean Whiskey Episode #23

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 12-18-20

Episode 23: “Finishing 2020 with everything from Kentucky Bourbon to Eggnog, with some Kata on top” Show Notes  In Episode 23, Mark and Jamie return to finish out 2020, this time joined by Kentucky native Deondra Wardelle, so naturally, Kentucky bourbon is our whiskey category of choice. Bourbons selected include

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Superstorm Sandy relief, lean, and Toyota

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 07-07-13

This video is great in many ways. First, it’s a great demonstration of how simple lean can be. While it doesn’t capture all of the essence or the experience behind some of the simple improvements, it does show how simple the improvements can be. Second, it demonstrates that when lean

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Don’t Limit Your Sources of Learning

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 02-11-11

  Everyone wants to copy the best. That’s why companies such as Toyota and General Electric have been popular sources of benchmarking. That’s why Chrysler was so highly benchmarked when we were the most profitable car company. In the lean community, I have observed a common practice of filtering ideas

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The Fall of the Mighty Toyota

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 02-17-10

..and other such troubling headlines and comments have been popping up everywhere throughout the news cycle and the blogosphere. The major Toyota recall has stirred up activity every where, from a common leading story on the nightly news, to blog articles of all sorts.

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Measurement Misnomers, and Toyota Dealership Problems

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 01-29-10

On our LinkedIn Group we get many good discussions and questions. We had one from Roger Cook that I thought was worth repeating and expanding upon. Here is the question: I’m curious if any of you have foolproof ways of insuring your metrics (which lean folks are famous for measuring

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Inside the mind of Taiichi Ohno

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 09-22-09

A book that is more obscure than it deserves is Taiichi Ohno’s Workplace Management. When most people think of this father of the Toyota Production System, they focus on Taiichi Ohno’s Toyota Production System book. However, that book is more transcribed from Ohno’s thoughts. Workplace Management is more direct, and

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The Machine That Changed the World

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 09-06-08
[amazon asin=0060974176&template=iframe image] Author: James Womack, Daniel Jones and Daniel Roos Publication Date: 1990 Book Description: What's the key message? The Machine That Changed the World is the product of a 5-year, $5M study of the international auto industry. It was really an exploration of the Toyota Production System and Read More

Toyota Production System

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on
[amazon asin=0915299143&template=iframe image] Author: Taiichi Ohno Publication Date: 1978 Book Description: What's the key message? As a book, Toyota Production System is one of the most important books in any lean leader's library. The primary reason is its author, Taiichi Ohno. While the development of the Toyota Production System at Read More