Throwback Thursday: My Past April Fools’ Day Posts
I hope you enjoyed yesterday’s April Fools’ Day joke about turning this blog into an insipid BuzzFeed-type site.
It’s become a bit of a tradition for me, having some fun on April 1st. You can browse them via this link or scroll down in this post.
In case you’re a new reader, here’s my past posts (and, no, I didn’t make it a list-icle). I’ve ranked them in terms of how much I had fun with them:
2010: A New Way to Learn Lean? Wii Lean!
This post, imagining a game for Nintendo Wii that would somehow teach you Lean in an interactive way was a lot of fun to put together. The “Wii Ohno Circle” coffee mug that I still use still makes me smile. Yes, this was a game that measured how long you could stand in an “Ohno Circle” watching people, like Charlie Chaplain, work. This one might have fooled a few people for real, based on the comments… or maybe they were playing along.
2011: New “A3″ App Utilizes Two iPads & Virtual Sensei Technology
This post allowed me to imagine how you might use two iPads to create a workspace that’s roughly 11″ x 17″, the size of an A3 to actually draw and do an A3 on that device instead of paper. The post foreshadowed LEI’s “A3 Creator App,” a project that I had no inkling of when I created this (their app only uses a single iPad).
2013: Baby’s First Lean Book
Not having any children myself, I could only imagine what a Lean book for kids might be, but this post was my attempt at creating this. To my knowledge, this has NOT foreshadowed a Lean book series for kids.
Probably my favorite part of this project was commissioning the “Baby Lean Guru” pictures (although I wouldn’t readily accept that label for myself). Strange that we all have facial hair.
Nobody sued me over this, thankfully.
2012: April Fool: Back to the Future: Hospital CEOs and Virtual Reality “Gemba Bots”
This post, where I imagined a mobile robot that would allow executives to “do Gemba walks” from their home or office, probably made me laugh more than others.
The thing I enjoyed the most was creating some audio of what an earlier-generation “Blame Bot” might sound like on the move… included bad, forced chit chat with employees and blaming people instead of having real in-depth discussions or actually listening.
2014: The 10 Best Lean Management Secrets You’ll Ever Want to Learn & Use
Maybe not my best work in this genre, but it was a “clickbait” headline with a post where I announced that I was turning LeanBlog.org into a paid membership site.
I don’t think anybody believed that one, which is good, I guess…