Lessons from the Road: Making Oobeya Work

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on December 7, 2016 · 0 comments

It’s hard to sound more jargony (yes, I made up that word) than oobeya, but its functionality for improving communication and collaboration for teams is unparalleled. And so, after IndustryWeek’s Jill Jusko described it in Obeya: The Brain of the Lean Enterprise, that opened the door for me to cover it in my Lessons from […]

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Where’s your lean team? [Lessons from the Road]

10.05.2016

This year, for my Industry Week column, I’ve tried to take on topics that may have many people disagreeing with me. It is one way to move the conversation. This is a topic that isn’t controversial as much as it is political and messy: where in the organization should I position my lean team? There […]

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Observations from the Lean Product Development Exchange

10.03.2016

Last week I did a keynote for the Lean Product Development Exchange, and wanted to talk this opportunity to share some observations and learnings… • The official name is the Lean Product and Process Development Exchange. It really doesn’t seem to be about process development at all. Yes, people take their teaching points through to […]

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Want to hear what I have to say?

09.23.2016

Maybe you don’t, but I presume you wouldn’t be reading this otherwise. Here are some of the upcoming opportunities to engage with me and hear some of what I have to say. Lean Product and Process Development Exchange, September 25th, Philadelphia, PA I was a keynote speaker and the very first LPPDE. This year, the […]

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The 5 Frequencies of Leadership, and how I apply them to coaching soccer

09.20.2016

I recently had the opportunity to give a speech for a different audience that I’m used to – the Centennial National Convention for the Delta Phi Epsilon sorority. The majority of the audience were university undergraduates, either in leadership roles at their sorority or planning to take leadership roles. As I was planning on talking […]

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My contribution for Practicing Lean

09.06.2016

Mark Graban has been editing a book titled Practicing Lean: Learning How to Learn to Get Better…Better. I recently wrote a chapter which I have included below for everyone’s reading, but I recommended you pick up the book. The proceeds benefit the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation. Here is my chapter: What’s wrong with […]

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My latest podcast with Mark Graban

08.31.2016

It has been far too long since I’ve recorded a podcast with my friend Mark Graban, as this short history from his post indicates: 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 […]

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Give authority to those closest to the information

08.17.2016

The following video was recently shared with me, and it reminding me of hearing the speaker in person. It’s a great story. It is the story of Captain David Marquet, Commander of a nuclear submarine, which is an environment that is perhaps least tolerance of leadership failures, and therefore a difficult place to try something […]

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Solving (or embracing?) conflicts of interest

08.15.2016

I’ve had to resolve many conflicts of interest over the years. I’ve always felt uneasy about them, and often went to extremes just to avoid the impression of a conflict of interest. Then someone said something to me that really got me thinking: “If you don’t have any conflicts of interest, you’re not doing anything […]

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How do you determine your core competencies?

08.11.2016

I was recently asked how someone should go about determining their core competencies. I had actually never thought about that question deeply. Any time it has come up, it either seemed obvious, or we just hacked our way to a determination based on some informed argument. So I gave it a lot of thought, and […]

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