Articles by Jamie Flinchbaugh

Leading Lean: A Fond Farewell

January 26, 2011
I have written “Leading Lean” for ASSEMBLY for over 5 years. This marks my 55th and final contribution. I still have plenty to say, but it’s time for me to move on from this particular role.
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Leading Lean: Driving Innovation at Every Level

November 22, 2010
Every corporation wants to be innovative. But, being innovative is not a behavior. It’s not something on your to-do list between picking up dry cleaning and writing performance reviews. Innovation is the by-product of plans, processes, people and behaviors.
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Leading Lean: Do You Know Your Control Points?

October 1, 2010
Ever have the strange feeling that something big is wrong, but you don’t know what it is? Managing by control points is the only cure.
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Leading Lean: Engaging the Board of Directors

July 28, 2010
The CEO must be the champion and leader of a lean transformation, but the board of directors can have a major impact, too.
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Leading Lean: Bring Lean to Your Sales Team

May 27, 2010
Lean applies to every function within a business. You cannot succeed on your lean journey without engaging the sales organization at some point.
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Leading Lean: Keys to Employee Engagement

March 26, 2010
Manufacturers have no trouble hanging onto key employees these days, since job opportunities are scarce. But, that hasn’t reduced the need to find new ways to engage people. No matter what type of economic opportunities a company can provide, engagement still plays an important role in employee retention.

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Leading Lean: Salvage Your Waste

January 28, 2010
A great lean thinker has a lens for value.
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Leading Lean: Learn to Improve; Improve to Learn

November 23, 2009
Continuing education is key to any lean deployment strategy.
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Leading Lean: Turning Thinking Into Action

September 29, 2009
An action plan is one of the most important parts of an A3 report. Turning ideas and conversations into crisp, focused action plans is something every lean leader needs to do.
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Leading Lean: Develop a Target Condition Before Your Action

August 31, 2009
My last three columns have touched on different aspects of applying lean thinking to projects and problems, including different aspects of A3 thinking and methodology. This month focuses on yet another aspect, the target condition.
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