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


Large number 10 painted on wallThanks 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 is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. His latest book is Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. He also published the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.

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  2. Joe Drobny says

    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.

    1. Mark Graban says

      Thanks, Joe. I’m glad you find the blog interesting even though you work in a very different industry… I guess it goes to show that Lean principles are pretty universal?

  3. Karina Arceo says

    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!!

  4. […] Don’t forget my reader book raffle, where I’m giving away a copy of one of my books to one winner. Read more and enter the contest at the bottom of this blog post. […]

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