Google Trends on Lean


Google Trends: lean manufacturing, toyota production system, lean production, lean enterprise

There's a new Google tool that lets you see trends in search activity over time and against other search terms. Click on the link above and you'll see that “lean manufacturing” is probably 2-3x as popular as “lean production” and both terms are much more popular than “Toyota Production System” or “lean enterprise.” I would have expected TPS to be a more popular term.

Whoa, surprise, “kaizen” is an even more popular term.

What lean terms can you find that are more popular? What random phrases can you find with similar popularity to lean? American Idol is WAAAAAY more popular, of course.

If it's encouraging, lean manufacturing is more popular than “China manufacturing

Please check out my main blog page at

The RSS feed content you are reading is copyrighted by the author, Mark Graban.

, , , on the author's copyright.

What do you think? Please scroll down (or click) to post a comment. Or please share the post with your thoughts on LinkedIn – and follow me or connect with me there.

Did you like this post? Make sure you don't miss a post or podcast — Subscribe to get notified about posts via email daily or weekly.

Check out my latest book, The Mistakes That Make Us: Cultivating a Culture of Learning and Innovation:

Get New Posts Sent To You

Select list(s):
Previous articleExamples of Waste in Healthcare
Next articleKarma counts for top dog Toyota
Mark Graban
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. I’m not surprised that the most hits are coming from Asian countries and Mexico.

    What does this tell me? First, U.S. lean consultants should start marketing to get gigs in Asia. Second, Asian countries and Mexico are making us look like small potatoes in the manufacturing sector.

  2. I would not use Google hits as evidence on the death of American manufacturing. Point in fact is that the US manufacturing industry is still quite strong, still producing a significant amount of output, despite sensational news accounts. Don’t give up hope, but don’t hope either – just do!


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.