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Podcast #261 – Jamie Flinchbaugh, Talking About Lean

JamieJoining me for Episode #261 is an old friend and trusted mentor, Jamie Flinchbaugh. Among other things, he’s the co-author of the book The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Lean. He writes for a number of publications, has his own blog, and was previously a guest blogger here on He’s a speaker, investor (including in KaiNexus), and a great guy.

Jamie was previously a guest on episodes #5, #6, #10#50 (where he interviewed me), and #64. We were long overdue for another one. This episode is intentionally more conversational than most, with no more of a plan than me asking Jamie, “What’s new?”

He’s also in final editing of a chapter for the book Practicing Lean, so I’m happy to be adding that to the book. Jamie is also going to be giving a keynote talk at our upcoming KaiNexus User Conference.

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Topics & links for this episode:

  • What are you thinking about and working on these days?
  • What’s not working in the Lean community?
  • What’s going well in the Lean community?
  • Lean is about behaviors, capabilities, not just tools
  • What’s a “Lean zealot?”
  • A nook you’re read recently NOT about Lean
  • A movie or TV show people might be surprised that you love
  • Lessons from soccer coaching?
  • An unpopular or lesser known whiskey you enjoy?
  • The eBook Practicing Lean (Jamie is finishing up a chapter for the book)
  • The 2016 KaiNexus User Conference

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Mark Graban's passion is creating a better, safer, more cost effective healthcare system for patients and better workplaces for all. Mark is a consultant, author, and speaker in the "Lean healthcare" methodology. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent project is an book titled Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also the VP of Improvement & Innovation Services for the technology company KaiNexus.

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