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Are boards of directors focused on strategy?

07.11.2017

Theoretically, each higher-level of management should be increasingly long-term focused. That certainly includes the role of the board, who with their role on shareholder value and governance, must ensure that the short-term doesn’t crowd out the long-term. CGMA summarized two surveys assessing boards and the barriers to strategic oversight. Their two two reasons include not […]

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The Founder and Experimentation

06.27.2017

Learning what works and what doesn’t work is driven by experimentation, real-world trials that inform us about cause and effect. How do we improve the ability to experiment? By reducing the cost, the effort, the friction required to test what works. As we continue my effort to de-jargonize (ok, that’s not a real word) lean […]

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People Bottlenecks

06.20.2017

In the flow of a manufacturing plant, the bottleneck should often be the most valuable, or at least most expensive asset. We actually should be designing our processes around that fact, and then ensuring there is no unnecessary waste in the process that affects that bottleneck. In the Theory of Constraints, this is called “elevate […]

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The simplest way to get started with process improvement

06.16.2017

I have had many conversations lately where people are asking about the simplest way to get started with process improvement.  The simplest way is to start with one simple question – why.  

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Most popular blog posts of all time

02.23.2012

[Before getting started, I apologize to anyone who visited our site on Wednesday and was redirected to another site. The site was hacked, and I appreciate BigBigDesignfor springing into action to get it fixed. If anyone is still having trouble, please delete cookies for http://jamieflinchbaugh.com, http://a2a.lockerz.com/menu/sm8.html, and http://map.media6degrees.com/orbserv/hbpix?….(too long to type). Again, I apologize for this happening. It’s […]

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Today I’m hosting the Management Improvement Carnival #148

11.11.2011

The Management Improvement Carnival is a great practice started by John Hunter of the Curious Cat Management Improvement blog. The Carnival allows us to share what we’ve been reading in other blogs on topics such as lean, continuous improvement, Deming, Innovation, systems thinking, and more. I have previously hosted #80 and #103, but you can […]

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Changes for 2011

01.01.2011

What will you see from me in 2011? I don’t plan to change a lot. I will continue to make adjustments as I learn how to provide this service better over time. However, there are a few things I would like to change. 1. A new column You might have seen that I am, after […]

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Blog Carnival Annual Roundup: 2010 – Beyond Lean

12.23.2010

This is my last installment of the Annual Roundup of lean blogs. I’ve already covered the following: John Hunter’s Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog Karen Wilhelm’s Lean Reflections Tim McMahon’s A Lean Journey Post I review someone new to the lean blog sphere, Matt Wrye. Matt’s blog is titled Beyond Lean. Like Tim’s blog, this […]

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Blog Carnival Annual Roundup: 2010 – A Lean Journey

12.22.2010

This is the 3rd part of my Annual Roundups of lean blogs as part of John Hunter’s program. Monday I reviewed the Curious Cat Management Improvement blog. Yesterday I reviewed Lean Reflections. Today I review Tim McMahon’s A Lean Journey. I recently had the change to meet Tim, and hear him speak at the CONNSTEP […]

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Blog Carnival Annual Roundup: 2010 – Lean Reflections

12.21.2010

This is the second part of my Annual Roundups as part of John Hunter’s review roundup. Yesterday I reviewed John Hunter’s own blog. Today I’m reviewing my good friend Karen Wilhelm’s Lean Reflections. Karen was formerly the Editor of SME’s Lean Directions e-newsletter, which was a solid collection of news and contributions while she was […]

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