“Standard Work” for LeanBlog.org


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 5/15/18

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 Lean thinking community.

2) As a visitor to the blog, please feel free to comment on any article by clicking on the “Comments” link below each article. You can comment without having to register or give any information about yourself.

3) If you see an article I should link to or want to submit something, use the “Contact Me” link in the site menu. Please send any feedback or ideas to that same address. I generally do not accept or publish unsolicited guest posts or sponsored posts.

4) You can use the search box on the upper right hand side of the page to search through old Lean Blog posts (enter a term such as “Fujio Cho”, for example).

5) I typically update the blog each weekday, or at least that is my goal. I normally post a morning entry at 5 AM central and, if there's an afternoon post (typically shorter), it gets scheduled for 1 PM central.

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. I hope the ads are relevant. I've taken the money I've earned and put it back into the blog for site design, logo design, and hosting services for the Podcast.

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

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker, and podcaster with experience in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. Mark's new book is The Mistakes That Make Us: Cultivating a Culture of Learning and Innovation. He is also the author of Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More, the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, and the anthology Practicing Lean. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.


  1. Thanks for the, ahem, constructive feedback. Look, if the ads offend you that much, I’d suggest the following:

    1) Use the Firefox browser
    2) Install the “adblock” extension and you won’t see ads on my blog or pretty much any web page

    I run the ads to recoup costs that I incur for the podcast, the message board, etc.

    Commercial TV might be “interesting” except for the 20 minutes of ads they give you each hour, I agree… but it’s just not realistic.

  2. I always thought that standard work was dum for service, but was never quite sure why. I mean I had seen the stupidity of job control in services.

    Then I discovered John Seddon's podcast called rethinking lean service and it all made sense.

    ITunes > Podcasts > search for The Systems Thinking Review > download or signup

    It has helped me have the transformation journey of a lifetime!


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