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Cleaning out the Backlog: Krafcik, Email, Lincoln, Leadership, Humility, Patient Falls

Cleaning out the Backlog: Krafcik, Email, Lincoln, Leadership, Humility, Patient Falls

As I sometimes do, I’m going to close out a bunch of browser tabs and share some articles that caught my eye recently but don’t merit full blog posts of their own. I’m cleaning out the LeanBlog backlog and trying to reduce inventory… so here we go: Where is Jon Krafcik Now? You might remember […]

Toyota’s Jamie Bonini on Organizational Culture

Toyota’s Jamie Bonini on Organizational Culture

Last week at the Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit, I really enjoyed the presentation by Jamie Bonini,  General Manager of the  Toyota Production System Support Center (TSSC). Jamie started his career at Chrysler (where he knew Jamie Flinchbaugh, a good friend of this blog) and both Jamies, like me, are graduates of the MIT Leaders for […]

Update on KaiNexus – Making Improvement Easier in New Ways & Places

Update on KaiNexus – Making Improvement Easier in New Ways & Places

It‘s been about a year since I started working with a software startup KaiNexus. We’ve made a lot of progress in that year, refining our product, signing on more early adopter customers, and adding more talent as we continue pretty much bootstrapping our growth. We recently released  our first iOS app for our customers and […]

Continuing Experiments in Self Publishing & Lean Publishing

Continuing Experiments in Self Publishing & Lean Publishing

After my first experiment with the great Leanpub.com service (my “Best of Lean Blog 2011″ eBook), I was happy to see my good friend Jamie Flinchbaugh experiment with publishing some original content on that site. Jamie’s new book is  A3 Problem Solving: Applying Lean Thinking, available now. It’s been a busy week for me, so […]

By February 17, 2012 4 Comments Read More →
Free iPhone & Android App – “Lean Daily”

Free iPhone & Android App – “Lean Daily”

This is free app that’s brought to you by a coalition of lean bloggers. Learn more about it or download it directly from the iTunes Store or the Android Marketplace. A number of us combined efforts to provide this as a free service to our loyal readers, so thanks go to: Jamie Flinchbaugh (Lean Learning Center) […]

By November 15, 2011 8 Comments Read More →
“Management By Walking Around” vs. “Gemba Walks”

“Management By Walking Around” vs. “Gemba Walks”

It’s important not to confuse a proper Lean “gemba walk” with the idea of “management by walking around” (MBWA).  What did the late, great Dr. W. Edwards Deming say in 1982? ‘Management by walking around’ is hardly ever effective. The reason is that someone in management, walking around, has little idea about what questions to […]

From The Lean Edge: Alternatives to Hospitals Spending, Building, and Hiring More

From The Lean Edge: Alternatives to Hospitals Spending, Building, and Hiring More

Today, I’m linking to a response I gave on TheLeanEdge.org‘s blog that features some really well known Lean authors (people I really have learned a lot from, so it’s an honor to be included). The question they posed (which is hard if not impossible to figure out, due to the design of the site) is […]

Great Guests on “The Lean Nation”

There have been lots of people you would recognize on Karl Wadensten’s radio show “The Lean Nation” recently, including many of my guest bloggers. Take a listen to the on-demand or downloadable shows: Lean Nation 8-13-10 —  Guest: Bob Emiliani in studio Topic: Five Reasons for Lean Failure Lean Nation 8-12-10 —  Karl talks lean […]

By August 15, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

Guest Post: What It Means

Mark’s Note: Here’s part 4 of a series by our guest blogger, Andy Wagner. Start reading with Part 1 here. “What lies behind us and what lies in front of us pales in comparison to what lies within us.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson Jamie Flinchbaugh recently hosted an interesting discussion on who is responsible for […]

Guest Post: What Do You Do When…

Mark’s note: I’ve known Bruce Baker for a few years as a thoughtful commenter here on the Lean Blog. I was thrilled when he started his own blog, Lean Is Good, as it’s quickly become one of my favorites in the lean blogsosphere. Now, the first guest post from Bruce: Last month I wrote a […]

By January 28, 2010 8 Comments Read More →

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 […]