The Redesigned LeanBlog.org

Since 2005, my site has gone through a few redesigns in appearance and “under the hood” functionality in how the site runs.

In 2009, I switched from the Blogger/Blogspot platform to WordPress and my own hosting.

In 2014, I switched “themes” for the site to be “responsive” so it would work more consistently on different sized devices.

This post from 2014 includes some screen shots of how the site looked over time:

Applying Kaizen to LeanBlog.org

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And this post from 2009 shows some really old screen shots:

Four Years of Lean Blogging

Now, if you’re a regular reader, you’ll notice that the site has a new look and feel, again.

Why change?

  • The site is hopefully faster
  • The site looks better, I think, on phones and mobile devices
  • It’s hopefully more visually engaging
  • The site has some different layout options and features that make it easier for me to use to create content

Recently, I blogged about how Lean and Kaizen are both, at times, a process of redesign AND of continuous improvement.

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Lean as Redesign and Continuous Improvement, for Organizations or a Blog

Yesterday’s site overhaul is an example of a step-function change… redesign… “Kaikaku” (or radical change). I’ll continue to “Kaizen” or continuously make small tweaks to the new design. Hopefully, they are changes for the better.

Here’s what the blog looked like before the redesign, in desktop and mobile views:

By my count, this is the 5th different “version” or theme for the site in 12 years. Technology changes. Web design trends change… hopefully this site serves you better.

If you’re used to the old layout and menus, the change will take some getting used to. There might be a bit of a learning curve (there certainly is for me as the site owner).

As always, your feedback is welcome if you’d like to post a comment or contact me.

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Mark Graban's passion is creating a better, safer, more cost effective healthcare system for patients and better workplaces for all. Mark is a consultant, author, and speaker in the "Lean healthcare" methodology. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent project is an book titled Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also the VP of Improvement & Innovation Services for the technology company KaiNexus.

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