March Madness and Lean

As March Madness begins, many people’s eyes will be fixed to TVs and computer screens while they root for the favorite teams. Where’s the lesson for Lean in there? It comes in exactly the winners and losers – may the best team win.

I love to ask people the definition of a team, because I also get the wrong answer. To be more accurate, I only get half of the correct answer.

In this month’s Leading Lean column for Assembly Magazine, I explore the full meaning of what really makes a team. Check it out here and see how it might affect your favorite NCAA team.

 

 

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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 JamieFlinchbaugh.com. 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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