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Congratulations on 50 Years

This particular post is about as overdue as my contributions to LeanBlog, but it’s always better to be late than never. Given how far industry has come, and in the spirit of how far we have to go, I thought it appropriate to acknowledge and congratulate Assembly Magazine on 50 years in print. That’s an accomplishment for any business and perhaps particularly a magazine. As many of you know, I contribute a column called Leading Lean to the magazine each month and continue to be blessed by its popularity. Assembly Magazine has contributed to the knowledge and conversation around lean and progress in many forms.

A very nice feature that sums this up is a 50 year history of assembly ranging from company mergers to the advent of certain technologies. Friend Austin Weber wrote 50 Years of Economic Change and Manufacturing Progress which I encourage you to read. And I hope Assembly Magazine can contribute another 50 years.


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Jamie Flinchbaugh is a lean advisor, speaker, and author. In addition to co-founding the Lean Learning Center, he has helped build nearly 20 companies as either a co-founder, board member, advisor, or angel investor. These companies range from high-performance motorcycles to SaaS tools for continuous improvement. He has advised over 300 companies around the world in lean transformation, including Intel, Harley-Davidson, Crayola, BMW, and Amazon. Jamie co-authored the popular book The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Lean, and continues to share his experiences as a Contributing Editor forIndustryWeek and as a blogger at He holds degrees from Lehigh University, University of Michigan, and MIT, and continues to teach and mentor on campus. Jamie is best known for helping to transform how we think about lean from a tools-centric model to one based on principles and behaviors. His passion for lean transformation comes from seeking to unlock the great potential that people possess to build inspiring organizations.

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