What Are We Searching For? Part Deux


From the Lean Blog server logs…. I did this back in February and here's what people are searching for today…. not the most popular searches, but the stuff that was searched for lately by ONE person (these are NOT the popular search terms), in bold:

downside lean manufacturing

Sure, the negative nellies who have heard about how “lean is mean

why toyota production system doesn't work in aero

Ah, more specific negative nellies — so that's why Ford hired a new CEO from Aero, Allan Mulally, who ran Boeing's lean program?

fix gm

More of a command than a search question, eh?

hours per vehicle definition

I would have figured that definition was pretty self-explanatory…. # of hours worked divided by # of vehicles built. Oh, I forgot it's much more complicated if you're gaming the system… which hours don't count, can be excluded, etc.?

make drugs at home lean
making lean drugs

Wow, what in the world is that about?

the most dangerous kind of waste is the waste we do not recognize

Great quote, Shigeo Shingo of course.

Since someone will ask, the most popular search terms were, in order of popularity:

leanblog, leanblog.org, ford buyouts, standard work, shingo prize, lean manufacturing china, conn selmer lean, kanban, gemba walk, lean mfg, nun and the bureaucrat, lean consultants china

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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. China isn’t Our Worst Enemy

    Tell people something long enough and eventually it seems to become the truth – even when it isn’t.

    Many folks in America will tell you the economy is somewhere between downtrodden and destitute, for instance, despite all the evidence to the contrary. It’s largely the result of a mainstream media that seems intent on giving the economy short shrift.

    And so it goes with the U.S. manufacturing industry. Talk to the average person on the street and they’ll tell you U.S. manufacturing is dead. Worse yet, talk to many people in the industry – people who should know better – and they’ll tell you only a slightly less depressing story. It’s almost as if they’ve given up.

    They’re wrong.

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  2. Yea Mark,

    That always makes me laugh, when people are out on our site searching for “lean failures”, “what’s wrong with lean”, etc. (in danish of course). I often wonder were they work, who are they looking for “ammo” against?

    I really wish they would send a mail so we could help them out.


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