Visual Management Contest Winner

I'm happy to announce a winner in the LeanBlog Contest that was sponsored by American LED-gible, Inc (

I had three outstanding entries, so it was a tough decision, but the winner is Andrea, who submitted an example from a blood donor operations environment. I liked the simplicity of the visual and the positive impact it had (and I have a soft spot for healthcare related Lean work). I'll share more about her entry later, but it was a simple (and effective) visual control that helped ensure that donated blood wasn't wasted due to an administrative oversight that had been occurring with new employees.

Andrea will receive the iPod Nano (again, courtesy American LED-gible), pre-loaded at her request, with all episodes of the LeanBlog Podcast.

Thanks for all of the entries. The two runners up will receive a free copy of the book “Evolving Excellence,” by the fine folks at the blog of the same name.

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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. ::cheer!:: Thanks Mark and American LED-gible. I appreciate the contest, and the pre-loading of the podcasts. I’ve been trying to figure out how to listen to them. :)

    And to everyone who contributes here, thanks, you’ve made learning about Lean very entertaining!


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