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Author Archive: Jamie Flinchbaugh

Jamie is an internationally-recognized Lean author, speaker, and consultant. He was a guest blogger here until 2010 when he launched his own blog.

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Leading Lean A-Z: K, Be Kinetic

by Jamie Flinchbaugh, Lean Learning Center This continues a series titled Leading Lean A-Z. This post is K: Be Kinetic. Did you ever have one of those days where you just wanted to put your feet up on your desk and breath in and out for a while? The lean journey will still be there. […]

No Rx for Lean

No Rx for Lean

by Jamie Flinchbaugh, Lean Learning Center I recently have had the opportunity to review a wide range of sites and companies and provide feedback on their lean journey. One of the things that really surprised me was how many of them were still trying to follow a prescription for lean. I heard things such as […]

Leading Lean A-Z: F for be First

by Jamie Flinchbaugh, co-author, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Lean [This is a continuation of a thread on Leading Lean topics from A-Z] When visiting companies that feel better about their lean journey than they probably should, perhaps the most common thing I hear is “yes, we have management support. They are 100 percent behind us.” […]

When is it time for lean "lite"?

by Jamie Flinchbaugh, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Lean Many of the frequent LeanBlog readers will know that I have been a regular guest blogger on LeanBlog.org. I am not in any way ending that relationship as I have enjoyed my collaboration with Mark Graban which is many years old now. However, to reach a somewhat […]

Learn to Play Before Picking Up a Sax

by Jamie Flinchbaugh, co-author, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Lean A3 thinking, A3 problem solving, A3 report writing – whatever you might call it is growing popular in the same way that value stream mapping did many years ago. But just like value stream mapping, just using the tool solves nothing. You still need to get […]

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. […]

Lean in Government Conference

by Jamie Flinchbaugh, Lean Learning Center The federal deficit has ballooned to record numbers. Never before has lean been more important to government. With a undeniable need to drop future spending, unless we want services to drop along with it, we will have to deliver more with less. It’s just that simple. But government (federal, […]

Are you an Assembly Plant of the Year?

by Jamie Flinchbaugh, Lean Learning Center Wanna be a winner? Think you’re pretty good? The deadline for ASSEMBLY’s 6th annual Assembly Plant of the Year award is just a few weeks away (April 30). If any of you should be considered for this award, please submit an entry as soon as possible. Click the nomination […]

Jamie Flinchbaugh Speaking Topics in April

by Jamie Flinchbaugh, co-author, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Lean In the month of April I’ll be presenting two topics at different conferences. I thought I would share these with you. The Lean Product and Process Development Exchange will be held April 6-8 in Hilton Head. I will be presenting on how the lean lens of […]

March Madness and Lean

March Madness and Lean

by Jamie Flinchbaugh, Lean Learning Center 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 […]

A3 Problem Solving

by Jamie Flinchbaugh, Lean Learning Center I’ll be speaking at Industry Week’s Best Plants conference in April on A3 problem solving. They asked me to write a short promotional piece about the topic, so I thought some of you might be interested. Check it out here. Subscribe via RSS | Lean Blog Main Page | […]

The Lean Entrepreneur

By Jamie Flinchbaugh, Lean Learning Center There is no question at this point that 2009 is the worst economy we’ve all seen since the great depression. Good people are getting laid off left and right because their employer just doesn’t have work for them. And of course it’s very hard to get hired from outside […]

Practical Kaizen Planning Tool

by Jamie Flinchbaugh, Lean Learning Center Kaizens have always been a popular part of lean journeys. In this environment where “quick wins” and fast paybacks are genuinely very important, they are a great core tool of lean transformation. Each event is an investment in itself, and one that better be done right. The most common […]

5S for Email

By Jamie Flinchbaugh, Lean Learning Center We recently released Issue 14 of Lean Progress and it included a brief set of tips on how to apply 5S on email. There is perhaps much more that could be written, but most people are so overwhelmed by the giant pile of emails that anything that gets us […]

5S Still Gives Companies Fits

by Jamie Flinchbaugh, Lean Learning Center I occasionally answer questions on lean for Bosch Rexroth’s lean page. This was just posted in their latest email newsletter. You can read the question and answer below or follow the link from the title to the page at Bosch Rexroth. I am amazed that as long as we’ve […]

Shortening up the Value Stream

by Jamie Flinchbaugh, Lean Learning Center: On this blog, there have been several discussions and posts about jobs going overseas, not so much from a protectionist and politics standpoint, but more about the impact on your value stream. Is it shortsighted? Do our cost systems tell the whole picture? Just reducing the piece price of […]

How to Adjust your Lean Efforts in this Economic Crisis?

by Jamie Flinchbaugh, Lean Learning Center I can’t count how many times I’ve said that there is no recipe for lean. You must chart your lean journey based on both where you are and where you want to be. This requires knowing your current condition very well, including factors such as business conditions, resources, culture, […]

The Key to a Successful Lean Journey? Leadership!

By Jamie Flinchbaugh, Lean Learning Center A friend of mine, Kurt Woolley at Intel, has written an article for Industry Week that is quite popular. I thought I would share it here. It’s title is: The Key to a Successful Lean Journey? Leadership! Kurt talks about some of my favorite topics in leading lean. He […]