Our friend and sometimes blogger Bill Hanover posted a comment a few days ago about the arrival of a baby boy – congrats. He joked about “Lean” names, so I’ll share a few suggestions (and feel free to submit some):
- Henry Ford Hanover (would start off Lean, but would drift away after early-life success)
- Frederick Taylor Hanover (would be great with efficiency, not so good with “respect for people”)
- Edwards Deming Hanover (ah, the little baby guru)
- Gary Convis Hanover (honoring a recent Toyota retiree)
- Womack Jones Hanover (a “Lean Thinking” baby)
Any other suggestions would just get sillier…
I guess a good Lean principle to go by is to choose a name that is “clear and unambiguous”, avoiding complications and the waste that comes with it. Some problems to avoid:
- Risk of misspelling (cause the waste of rework)
- Risk of mispronunciation
- Being mistaken with other people (many parents are “googling” potential names to make sure there aren’t embarrassing or overly common matches)
- Being hard to say (first and last name combination)
- Corny names (like “Wrigley Fields“) that will bring teasing
- Bad duplication like “Robert Roberts” (yes, I knew a Bob Roberts in high school)
On those criteria… my name is often misspelled (“Graben” or “Grayben”) or often mispronounced. There *is* another Mark Graban out there, but it’s never caused confusion. The “k” in “Mark” sometimes blurs into the “G” in Graban, making my name sound like “Mark Rayben,” leading to errors with #1 and #2. This leads to a fair amount of rework and extra motion in my life.
Mom, Dad, I love you anyway :-)
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