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Free iPhone & Android App – “Lean Daily”


lean-dailyThis is free app that's brought to you by a coalition of lean bloggers. Learn more about it or download it directly from the iTunes Store or the Android Marketplace.

A number of us combined efforts to provide this as a free service to our loyal readers, so thanks go to:

This app allows you to read a number of lean blogosphere sites in a simple app. You can also listen to and view some multimedia lean content, such as my Podcasts and Video Podcasts and the Gemba Academy sample videos in the app, as well. You can also find lean news and some other feeds.

Frequently (OK, once) Asked Questions (Answered by Mark):

Q: Why did you do this?

  • A: I am a bit of a geek and I suggested this to the other bloggers, a group that has been friendly and collaborative over their years of blogging. It was an interesting experiment and a chance to learn something (I've got some of that intrinsic motivation that Dan Pink writes about… I did this because it was interesting and fun).

Q: Why is it free? You've got money to burn?

  • A: It was actually a pretty inexpensive project using a platform called AppMakr. We're not trying to monetize this; it's a service to our readers to make our content easier to get to and keep up to date on.

Q: But the app has ads…

  • The presence of ads is part of the reason AppMakr is so inexpensive (ad revenue goes to them, not us)

Q: How can I get my site and blog content into the app? Why didn't you include me or other bloggers?

  • I started working with the team of bloggers that I've known the longest. There are many other outstanding blogs out there, including a number of relatively new ones. We might consider putting more blog feeds into the app, if the charter group agrees.

Q: Ahem, I use Android (and I use BlackBerry!!!) — what about us?

I hope you'll try the app and let me know what you think. Please email me with your feedback and please leave ratings and reviews in the iTunes Store.

And now, back to your regularly scheduled lean content… (another real post later this morning).

Disclosure note: The link to Gemba Academy is an affiliate link.

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent book is an anthology titled Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also the VP of Improvement & Innovation Services for the technology company KaiNexus. His next book, to be released in 2018, is Measures of Success.

  1. TheLeanThinker says

    I’ve only just heard about this app, as i have been away for a while, but im so glad i eventually did come across it. Its nice and simple to use, and has a good selection of Lean blogs to sift through. As mentioned above, there is an advert, but imo it doesn’t make much difference to me.

    Glad to see someone has made the first move to bring a Lean app to the iPhone, and bravo for making it free!

  2. Michael Lombard
    Michael Lombard says

    Hey Mark, are there any plans to create an iPad app? I know I can use the iPhone app on the iPad, but that’s not the ideal state.

  3. Mark Graban says

    Update on the iPhone app — it has been crashing and not working lately for people with iOS 5. A new version has been submitted to Apple on 11/10/11 and hopefully that update will be available for download soon. The new version will also be ad free!

  4. Chris says

    Thanks for the Android version. Just downloaded it. BTW, your link to Gemba Academy has “.comm” so it doesn’t work.

  5. Dale Hershfield says

    Mark, I really like this idea. Could you enable the app to recognize a tablet and reformat accordingly? Also, I’d appreciate a button added at the bottom of your current Lean Blog Mobile to “go to full site” so I can get a better experience on my Xoom. Thanks.

    1. Mark Graban says

      Hi Dale – I don’t think I can get the app to automatically recognize a tablet. There should be a button at the bottom of the mobile page that says “Mobile Theme On | Off” that you can select. It appears below the comments area… that way you can use the full web version on your tablet.

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