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What's the different between audit and assessment?

By | October 20th, 2013|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

by Jamie Flinchbaugh I recently wrote a column for IndustryWeek titled Get the Most from Your Assessments. This was in part inspired by the several assessments I had just completed for clients in the weeks preceding my column due date. But there is also a pet peeve that I wanted to correct: there is a big [...]

If You Want to Learn More About Lean–Quit Reading Books About Lean

By | May 7th, 2012|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

On the surface this really sounds like a dumb thing to say particularly coming from someone who has co-authored a relatively successful lean book.  It is also counterintuitive.   Shouldn’t you always read books specifically about the subject you are trying to master?  What I recently discovered is that I’m learning more about lean by reading seemingly unrelated books.    […]

Making the Transition from “Lean Is Extra Work ” to “Lean Is How I Work”

By | March 8th, 2012|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

At some point on the lean journey you must have looked at your “lean work” as just that, an extra task on the list or another project on your list that earned its place based on the fires you had to fight and immediate pressures. Many times lean begins as work done in 3-5 day events, as the work that is done early in the morning or at the end of the day or by someone else such as a lean co-ordinator– extra work. There is a point in time that you and those you work with truly integrate lean into how you work.

Promoting Employee Engagement–A Cautionary Tale

By | December 22nd, 2011|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Those of you who know me are aware that I have been slow to embrace the power and value of social media.  Fortunately my friend and partner, Jamie Flinchbaugh, has convinced me of the error of my ways.  This is my 1st foray into the blogosphere and I hope to be a valuable contributor. Although it is becoming less common, unfortunately it is still not uncommon to find employees, and even entire departments, unwilling to participate and contribute ideas or suggestions to improve their organization.  The reasons are wide and varied and often would take a psychiatrist’s couch to understand.  The following is a tale of an extremely important department in a company, we will call them AAA, that was not only unwilling to be engaged, they were downright militant about it. […]

Lean Assessments

By | June 1st, 2010|Categories: Blog, Videos|Tags: , , , |

Assessments can be an important tool in your lean journey. Like a compass, they help to keep you pointed in the right direction. In this video, Andy and Jamie discuss assessments versus audits, different forms of assessments, and the purpose of assessments. How have you used assessments in your organization? [viddler id=a12493d0&w=545&h=349]