Hello blog readers and lean folks….
Between being busy with work and just not paying attention, the Lean Manufacturing Blog celebrated it’s 1st birthday/anniversary in January. I started this in January 2005, since then there have been 570 posts and links to lean articles. The blog has had over 34,000 visitors and readership has grown steadily. I enjoy working on the blog and I hope it brings education, enjoyment, and inspiration to others.
You may have noticed “Google ads” on the blog. I’m not doing this to make money, but I use ad revenue to cover the modest expenses of a site like this. I did decide to “re-invest” in the blog by contracting for a custom re-design of the site. If you’ve visited the site before, you’ll notice the changes.
- A new name: While I’ve been calling this the “Lean Manufacturing Blog,” I find myself writing more about lean healthcare, lean enterprise, and customer service issues. I am transitioning to the more inclusive name, “Lean Blog.”
- A new logo/banner: The graphics at the top of the page are designed to represent two things.
- First, the gears represent the industrial origins of lean thinking, as well as the synchronization of two things working together in the harmony of motion.
- Secondly, the people… no they aren’t the bloggers on this site, but it’s a factory photo that reminds me of how a lean team looks. The team is smiling and looks proud of what they have accomplished. Nobody is wearing a tie…. can you tell from this picture who is a production associate and who might be a VP of Operations or a Plant Manager? The photo is meant to serve as a reminder that lean is about PEOPLE, not just about technology.
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See also: A Reflection on a Year of Blogging
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