NIH = "Not Invented Here"
by Jamie Flinchbaugh, co-author, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Lean
I believe that NIH, or Not Invented Here, is one of the silliest cultural barriers to progress. What we’re basically saying is that there are good ideas out there, ideas that we can use, but because they came from others we’re not going to use them.
In this month’s Assembly Magazine, I wrote my Leading Lean column on NIH, which you can find here. Of course, the most direct was to overcome NIH is to not be guity of it ourselves. As I’ve said many times, lean begins with you! But we need use every means we can to rid our organizations of NIH. In the column, I share a couple of stories of how people have overcome NIH. I would like to hear your strategies, ideas, tips, and tricks for how you have overcome NIH in your organization. Please share your stories in the comments. Thank you. And I encourage everyone to steal those ideas shamelessly. Don’t NIH enter this conversation.