LeanBlog Podcast Survey


As the LeanBlog Podcast reaches its 25th episode, I wanted to get some feedback from the listeners. About 1000 people download each Podcast, which is exciting and humbling at the same time. I appreciate y'all (or “you guys,” to my friends back in Michigan) taking the time to listen to the Podcasts. Even with all of the listeners, I get very little feedback via the Lean Blog or via email.

So, if you don't mind, in the spirit of continuous improvement, please take a minute and give some feedback here in the Comments or by emailing me at leanpodcast@gmail.com.

  • How do you listen? iTunes download? RSS Feed? Streaming player on the Lean Blog? Direct download of MP3 file from the Blog?
  • What is the ideal Podcast frequency? Weekly? Bi-Weekly? Monthly?
  • Favorite guests/topics that I've had so far?
  • Guests/topics you would like to hear?
  • Ideal length of each Podcast?
  • Would you be interested in a series of 1 to 2 minute daily instructional Podcasts?
    • If so, should this be a separate Podcast “feed” or mixed in with the longer interviews?
  • The “Show Notes” are probably the most time consuming part to do — do you find value in the Show Notes? Are they “overprocessing” on my part?
  • Any other ideas or feedback? What can I do to improve the Podcasts?
    • Quality of the content?
    • Sound/audio quality?
    • File size/download speed?

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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. iTunes (to iPod, while driving or jogging or grocery shopping); bi-weekly is nice, but either weekly or monthly would be fine. 25 minutes or so is a good length for me. Don’t want daily ones; if you do them, please put them in a separate feed. (Though offering a combined feed as well would doubtless be appreciated by those who want them.) I don’t spend a lot of time reading the show notes. Quality of content is good, quality of audio and download speed are both fine.

    Since I came to lean via software, I’ll suggest Mary Poppendieck as a guest; her books and talks are very interesting, I imagine she’d be a good interviewee, too.

  2. * Direct download of mp3 file

    * Weekly frequency at most…bi-weekly is fine

    * Jeffrey Liker was my favorite guest…no real reason

    * Jon Miller from Gemba talking about some of his findings on original Japanese texts on TPS

    * 20-25 minutes is a good target for time

    * Not much interest on the daily bits…don’t really have the access

    * Show notes are okay, but I would probably find it just as valuable to have bullet points of topics instead of the time break downs

    * My only other feedback would be if you could make it clearer who you are going to speak to and when you’ll be speaking to them to get more and better “reader” questions for the guests. Otherwise, very interesting stuff.

  3. * iPod Subscription through iTunes

    * Weekly is good

    * Being new to Lean and the tools, perhaps add instructional topics/podcasts; maybe highlight a tool, its purpose and best applications (especially transactional vs physical).

    * 20-30 minutes (somewhere inline with average/mean commuting times)

    * Show notes don’t add value for me.

  4. Thanks for the feedback. One change I’ve made is on the podcast main page, showing more clearly which Podcasts are due to be released and which interviews are scheduled (and what day).

    For example, I have an interview with Dr. Gwendolyn Galsworth about visual management on Saturday. If you have a question for her, you can email me or Skype me.

    Podcast Link

  5. 1) Streaming player works well for me. Have also downloaded a couple.

    2) Monthly sounds about right.

    3) Liker, Mann, Huntzinger, Womack.

    4) How about Pascal Dennis and Art Smalley? More on TWI?

    5) Seems about right as is.

    6) I like the current format. I don’t know how much people can learn from one or two minute podcasts, and you might question yourself on how sustainable that really is.

    7) I think you are right to cut back on these. I rarely read the whole thing. A few sentences describing the key points are all that’s needed.

    8) Just keep up the good work! It must take a lot of effort to put these together in such a professional way. Please know that this is a valued service, and the lean community benefits greatly. You should be proud of your great work!

  6. How do you listen?
    iTunes subscription (on my spiffy ipod) :)

    What is the ideal Podcast frequency?
    Bi-Weekly or Monthly is fine for me.

    Favorite guests/topics that I’ve had so far?
    I love the interviews with “names” I recognize(I feel like I’m getting to know them better by listening than when I read them. Not surprising actually, when I read it’s still just my voice). So published mainstream authors is educational for me, but I think my favorite to listen to are the bloggers. My favorite episode was when you interviewed the Daily Kaizen guys. I love thier blog and I loved hearing them speak, and I would love to get an update from them on how things are going.

    Guests/topics you would like to hear?
    Out of the few that I’ve listened to, it seems like your guests always have more they could talk about when you’ve run out of time. So it’s likely time to revisit some of those guests and let them update/expand. Something you might consider, (if your guests have the time for it) record multiple sessions at one time. So, for someone who you know has a lot to say on a subject that can be broken down, get 20-30 minutes on each of topics A, B and C in the same recording session, then distribute those sessions as three different podcasts. That might work better after an “introductory” interview so that people have a chance to comment on what they would like to hear expanded.

    Ideal length of each Podcast?
    20 – 30 minutes

    Would you be interested in a series of 1 to 2 minute daily instructional Podcasts?
    Not really. If you were going to do a ‘tip of the day’ type thing I’d rather just see it written in your blog. It takes me five minutes to download/disconnect my ipod, then the fiddling with headphones, then the two minutes someone’s talking.. I can load the homepage and read a tidbit in a minute or less.

    The “Show Notes” are probably the most time consuming part to do — do you find value in the Show Notes? Are they “overprocessing” on my part?
    Definitely overprocessing. And introductory paragraph for the interviewee and the topics at hand are enough for me.

    Quality of the content?
    I’d like to see more depth in the interviews sometimes… hence my suggestion above for allowing “topic depth” without sacrificing time limits. :)

    Sound/audio quality?
    Overall excellent.. #26 had weird pops and stutters to it, I’ve not had that problem with any other episode though.

    File size/download speed?
    must be great, I’ve never even noticed it.


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