A Centralized or Decentralized Lean Team?

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 07-16-20

There is no universally best way to organize those resources who identify as lean or continuous improvement people. Should you have them centrally located in one team? Should you embed them throughout the company in a decentralized way? Should you do a hybrid of both? What matters in making this

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Lean in a Post COVID-19 World

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 07-14-20

The world has changed, how should lean change with it? If you’re a lean professional or lean practitioner, how are you adding value now? How has it affected your lean work? Hear a few of my thoughts on how we must change.  

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Where Broken, Come Back Stronger

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 07-09-20

Many things are broken today – hospitals, businesses, processes, sales channels, collaborations, and even people. While I actually believe more things will return to normal that is often reported (albeit taking a couple / few years).  I think “return to normal” misses the point. When something is broken, there is

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The Role of the Lean Team

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 06-25-20

Chances are that your organization has some form of a Lean team, but those resources come in all sorts of different forms. In the next several videos, we will explore how to Organize Your Lean Team, starting with this video where we explore the role of lean resources. What should

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A New collaboration between JFlinch and IndustryWeek: Factory Talk

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 06-16-20

I am pleased to announce a new collaboration between JFlinch and IndustryWeek titled Factory Talk : Secrets of Effective Plant Leaders. Many of you have been readers of my long-time column, Lessons from the Road, which we retired last year. In this new project, we will be interviewing factory leaders,

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Featured Video Course on Strategic Thinking

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 05-07-20

We are proud to release another video course, this time on strategic thinking. This 16 video course is titled The Strategic Thinker, the Strategic Process, and Your Strategy. The reason for the title is that we look at strategic thinking multidimensionally, covering the person, the process, and the outcomes. Developing

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Innovation is Inefficient Problem Solving (even Simon Sinek says so)

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 05-06-20

Innovation is about solving real problems. It does NOT require that you solve the problem in a unique or imaginative way. It really is all about solving problems. To be fair, if you don’t solve it in a unique way, then that innovation might not be a competitive advantage, or

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Lean Product Development

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 05-05-20

In this video, Jamie looks at the lean product body of knowledge and what that means for your journey. Simply coming up with a solution to a problem can prevent true growth in your organization and prevent you from your true culture. Jamie will examine how to look at the

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Available Recording of Lean Frontiers Webinar

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 04-24-20

On Wednesday I participated in a webinar, hosted by Lean Frontiers, which included Jim Huntzinger, Karen Martin, and David Veech. We hosted almost 500 participants, received many questions, and tried to answer as many as we can. We covered a range of topics from the mindset of returning to better,

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The Trust Factor

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 04-22-20

Trust is mandatory for optimization of a system. All of the parts of an organization must work as a whole. Jamie shares 5 points to approach trust in your organization. Please watch his video here:    

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