Standardized Work

OK, so this isn’t strictly a standard work document, but this is an overview of the Lean Blog. I did update it on 7/19/05, though, in the spirit of continuous improvement. Updated 5/19/06. Updated again 11/15/06 and 1/12/08 and 5/12/09, 7/3/09, and 12/3/09. Updated 3/20/10. Update 3/19/11. Updated again 12/15/12 and 1/19/15. Read “My Thoughts on Standardized Work.”

1) I run this blog strictly as a small (focus on “small”) business, but it’s mainly to express myself, share articles and lean concepts, and (hopefully) to build a broad Lean community across industries.

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6) I do run advertisements from Google and some direct advertisers on the site. My goal is to run the blog as a “breakeven” proposition to cover hosting costs and other expenses.. I hope the ads are relevant and I do make an effort to “screen out” ads that don’t seem to fit well with lean. I’ve taken money I’ve earned and put it back into the blog for site design, logo design, and hosting services for the Podcast.

7) Who do I work for? I am a consultant, author, speaker (all under the banner of my company, Constancy, Inc.) and I also work with the startup KaiNexus. Nothing I write should be considered the official stance of any past, current, or future employer. You can find more details about me in my LinkedIn profile.

8) Not all posts are written by me, Mark Graban. I have additional blog contributors, their names can be found on the Contributors page. Each posting, if not clearly identified at the beginning as being written by someone else, has a header that shows who the author of that post is.

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