Jamie Flinchbaugh

Lean Advisor, Speaker and Author

Jamie Flinchbaugh is a lean advisor, speaker, and author. In addition to co-founding the Lean Learning Center, he has helped build nearly 20 companies as either a co-founder, board member, advisor, or angel investor. These companies range from high-performance motorcycles to SaaS tools for continuous improvement. He has advised over 300 companies around the world in lean transformation.

Jamie co-authored the popular book The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Lean, and continues to share his experiences as a Contributing Editor for IndustryWeek and as a blogger at JamieFlinchbaugh.com. He holds degrees from Lehigh University, University of Michigan, and MIT, and continues to teach and mentor on campus. 

Jamie is best known for helping to transform how we think about lean from a tools-centric model to one based on principles and behaviors. His passion for lean transformation comes from seeking to unlock the great potential that people possess to build inspiring organizations. 


Learning is More than Attitude
Lean and learning organizations share many characteristics. Here are some actions you can take to make a learning organization a greater part of your operating system.
Is Talent or Process Vital to Lean Success? It's Not Really a Choice 4
In your efforts to improve your lean manufacturing processes, don’t ignore the vital role of talent.
Does Your Company Standardize with Purpose? 3
Some think operational standardization is always good. If only it were that simple.
Making Oobeya Work
In the “big room,” it’s transparency, not size, that matters.
Where's Your Lean Team? 3
Where is your lean team placed in your organization, who should lead it and other basic questions that will determine the success or failure of your lean initiative.
The Misunderstanding of Andon
Andon is lean jargon thrown around yet rarely described in books or training. Yet the concept is fundamental to managing a stable process and that is a universal objective.
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Sometimes You Must Follow
What makes you a good follower is different than what makes you a good leader.
White Space for Important Work
Why it's vital to build in time for manufacturing leaders to solve problems.
Make Your Process Fragile 3
Robust processes may be appealing but a fragile process can help surface problems when they are still small and quickly fixed.
How to Engage with the Lean Community
There is plenty you can learn about executing lean from outside your company. Here are some ways you can engage the lean community.
Organizing for Success
Contributing Editor Jamie Flinchbaugh shares insights on how to perform an organizational redesign with a lean mindset.
Is Quality a Result or a System? 4
The idea that you can't inspect quality into a product is decades old but most manufacturing organizations, even their quality functions, haven't fully adopted it.
The Need for Training Within Industry 2
Standard work manifests itself through many different tools and methods. One method that is underutilized is TWI, or Training Within Industry.
Beyond the Lean Initiative
Once you have your lean journey underway, how do you build it into the bricks and mortar, and the DNA, of the organization?
Losing Control of Your Lean Journey
Are you ready for when lean starts to take off in your factory?
Manufacturing Leader of the Week
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