10 (Or Maybe 24) of the Most Read LeanBlog.org Posts in 2014


Screen Shot 2014-12-25 at 7.58.50 AMThanks to everybody for reading my blog in 2014! As always, I appreciate you taking time out of your busy day to read and participate in the discussion and I hope you'll continue visiting the site in 2015… the tenth anniversary of me founding 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 Written in 2014

  1. Why Toyota is Eliminating the Andon Cord from its Factories (2,731 views)
  2. Fighting “We've Always Done It This Way” in Workplaces & Baseball (2,591)
  3. Video: Formula 1 Pit Stops 1950 & Today… a Huge Difference (2,142)
  4. Managing With Red/Green Charts is Like Driving By Looking at the Rear-View Mirror (2,102)
  5. Clarifying Push, Pull, and Flow in a Hospital; the Patient “Pulls” (2,041)
  6. It's Awful When the Person Teaching #Lean Doesn't Get the Bad 5S Joke (1,769)
  7. It's Easy to See Why Labor Would be Upset with This Hospital CEO (1,445)
  8. Why “More Nurses” Isn't the Best Way to Solve What Ails Healthcare (1,421)
  9. Is it a Bad Idea to Pay a Lean Consultant Based on a Percentage of Cost Savings? (1,406)
  10. Great Steve Jobs Video (& Transcript) from 1990 on Continuous Improvement (1,388)

My most-read article of the year on LinkedIn had over 140,000 views:

What Bad Managers, Good Managers, and Great Managers Do


Ten Most Read Posts in 2014 (Written Any Year)

Not all posts were written in 2014, some are from previous years… the 2013 ranking position listed after the number of 2014 views:

  1. A Collection of Dilbert Cartoons on #Lean and/or #SixSigma (12,856 views, #1)
  2. Kaizen & Idea Boards Spotted at Society for Health Systems Conference (6,870, #6)
  3. Lean Quotes Collectionsee the quotes in the post comments (6,734, #3)
  4. A Video Showing Office 5S Gone Wrong (3,982, #4)
  5. Don't Threaten People with This Famous Dr. Deming Quote (3,946, unranked)
  6. Statistics on Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety Problems – Errors & Harm (3,742, #2)
  7. How a Simple Office Kanban System Works at the Lean Enterprise Institute (3,005, #5)
  8. My Thoughts on Standardized Work (2,983, unranked)
  9. Why Toyota is Eliminating the Andon Cord from its Factories (2,731, new post)
  10. Video on a “2-Bin” Kanban System at a Pennsylvania Hospital (2,633, #9)

Dropping out of the Top 10 most viewed:

  1. What's the Buzz on Lean Certifications? With 84 comments (2,951, #7)
  2. Farewell to “30 Rock” & its Six Sigma Jokes (2,852, #8)
  3. “Management By Walking Around” vs. “Gemba Walks” (2,754, #10)

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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.


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