10 (Actually, 20) of the Most Read LeanBlog.org Posts in 2013


Thanks everybody for reading my blog in 2013! I appreciate you taking time out of your busy day to read and participate in the discussion and I h0pe you'll continue visiting the site in 2014… in what will be my 10th year of blogging (I started this site in 2005).

Here are the ten most-read posts  of the year, according to Google Analytics (popularity doesn't imply quality, but it's interesting to see what people are reading and sharing):

Ten Most Read Posts in 2013

Not all posts were written in 2013, some are from previous years…

  1. A Collection of Dilbert Cartoons on #Lean and/or #SixSigma (10,816 views)
  2. Statistics on Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety Problems – Errors & Harm (6,816)
  3. Lean Quotes Collectionsee the quotes in the post comments (6,199)
  4. A Video Showing Office 5S Gone Wrong (4,687)
  5. How a Simple Office Kanban System Works at the Lean Enterprise Institute (4,163)
  6. Kaizen & Idea Boards Spotted at Society for Health Systems Conference (3,305)
  7. What's the Buzz on Lean Certifications? With 84 comments (2,951)
  8. Farewell to “30 Rock” & its Six Sigma Jokes (2,852)
  9. Video on a “2-Bin” Kanban System at a Pennsylvania Hospital (2,851)
  10. “Management By Walking Around” vs. “Gemba Walks” (2,754)

Ten Most Read Posts Written in 2013

  1. Kaizen & Idea Boards Spotted at Society for Health Systems Conference (3,305)
  2. Farewell to “30 Rock” & its Six Sigma Jokes (2,852)
  3. Toyota, Respect for People (or “Humanity”) and Lean (2,665)
  4. Don't Threaten People with This Famous Dr. Deming Quote (2,567)
  5. 25 Key Leader Behaviors that Encourage Continuous Improvement (1,422)
  6. A Lean Guy Visits Scott & White Hospital – Leader Standard Work, Huddles, and Lean Culture (1,416)
  7. Video: Toyota Helps a NYC Food Bank & Hurricane Sandy Victims (1,211)
  8. Dr. Deming's “Role of a Manager of People” (1,181)
  9. Most Workers “Hate Their Job” (Are Disengaged); Lean & Kaizen Can Help (1,167)
  10. Dilbert Challenges the Root Cause Problem Solving of His Boss (1,073)

My most-read article of the year on LinkedIn had over 70,000 readers:

A “Kaizen” Improvement at a Wine Bar – Is it “Lazy” or Smart? 

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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. I am a regular reader and subscriber of LeanBlog. I enjoy the thought provoking commentary and apply what I learn on the job as a Process analyst for a Financial Service company. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience, it is appreciated.

  2. Hi Mark! My name is Karina, from Monterrey México, i work in the quality Department of a 200 Bed hospital. I have been reading and studying lean principles for my masters program in quality and productivity, looking forward to do my thesis about this, i have found all your comments and experience inspiring. Greetings from México!!


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