The misunderstanding of andon [Lessons from the Road]

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on July 6, 2016 · 0 comments

I was recently having a lot of conversations about the use of andon, how and why it works, and how to tailor the concept to a specific application. They asked if I had an article or column on the topic, and was quite surprised that I had never taken the opportunity to write more on […]

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Sometimes you must follow [Lessons from the Road]

05.11.2016

Before my Lessons from the Road column for IndustryWeek, I wrote one called Leading Lean for Assembly Magazine. Books are written about leading, a chapter in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Lean is about leading, but no one writes about following. Do we only follow because the leader is just that darn good? Or can we […]

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White space for important work [Lessons from the Road]

02.29.2016

In 2016 I am trying, with my column Lessons from the Road, to stretch people’s thinking and not just refine it. I hope that most of my columns will generate some disagreement or at least some questions. This month in White space for important work I am addressing Leader Standard Work and whether it is […]

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Make Your Process Fragile [Lessons from the Road]

02.01.2016

I have been writing columns for 10 years now, first with a regular feature for Assembly Magazine titled Leading Lean, and for the last 5 years with IndustryWeek with Lessons from the Road, a title chosen from the sub-title of my book with Andy Carlino, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Lean. For 2016, I would like […]

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Forget the New Year’s Resolution..

01.03.2016

6 years ago, I wrote this post Forget the New Year’s Resolutions. As many of you are busy preparing your goals for 2016, or setting New Year’s Resolutions, I wanted to share this for your consideration along with a few additional thoughts. My key additional thought is that as you develop either goals or resolutions, […]

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IndustryWeek’s Lean Leadership Guidebook

12.20.2015

I was flipping through the latest copy of IndustryWeek and came across this page. I wasn’t aware it was being run, but it’s nice to know that IW considers my columns useful enough to put them together in a guidebook. You can download the Lean Leadership Guidebook here.  

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How to Engage with the Lean Community [Lessons from the Road]

12.07.2015

From the conferences I’ve attended to the unsolicited emails I receive, I’ve been continually impressed by the quality of engagement throughout the lean community. There is plenty of interest in learning, sharing, and collaborating. I wrote my regular IndustryWeek column on how to engage with the lean community, as there is plenty to learn by […]

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The relationship between design thinking and lean thinking

12.02.2015

Design thinking is a concept that is as hard to pin down and define singularly as it is with lean. But the two have collided and converged as people look for new ideas to solve their most challenging problems and inspire the most insightful thinking. Both practices are meant to be collaborative, creative, and meant […]

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Gemba Academy podcast: Getting the Board on Board with Lean with Jamie Flinchbaugh

11.30.2015

While attending the Summit on Lean Leadership by Lean Frontiers in partnership with the Lean Leadership Academy, I was leading a discussion on the lean board of directors. Coming out of the conference, I will produce a paper outlining some of the key thoughts. We discussed 3 aspects of the lean board: 1. Educating the […]

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Honored to be Named as NACD Leadership Fellow

10.27.2015

Those of you that know me understand that self-improvement and learning is one of my most treasured behaviors. I’ve twice taken pay cuts because I would learn more in a new opportunity, as I took to coaching soccer I progressed through 3 levels of coaching licenses, and when I became a corporate director I took […]

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