What are the 10 Most Read LeanBlog.org Posts of 2015? [Plus a Reader Survey – Win a Book!]


Thanks everybody for reading my blog here in 2015! It's been a great year so far… 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.

Have any of you been reading since the beginning in early 2005? When did you start reading? Please post a comment on this post to let me know. Did you have a favorite post that did not make the list, such as one of the Lean Cartoons or the “Lean Serial Parody?” Please leave a comment. Do you have questions that you'd like me to address on the blog? Please let me know in a comment.

Or, see the bottom of the post for a short survey you can fill out to have a chance to win one of my books.

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) — data through June 20.

Ten Most Read Posts Written in 2015

  1. Guest Post: The one thing Lean Six Sigma got wrong about Lean (6107 views | 50 comments)
  2. Says @Jack Dorsey: It's an “Organizational Failure” if the CEO Has to Make a Decision (1062 views)
  3. What's a Kanban System? This Video From Saskatchewan Provides a Great Overview (910 views)
  4. Strategy Deployment as a Series of Hypotheses or Predictions (Part 1) (899 views)
  5. “Accountability” Shouldn't Mean Blaming People for Things Out of Their Control (898 views)
  6. Not What We Mean by Celebrating Failures [Dilbert 5/7/15] (782 views)
  7. Cartoon: There's A Time & A Place to Fight Fires (712 views)
  8. Dr. Atul Gawande's Article on Reducing the Waste of Unnecessary Healthcare (708 views)
  9. Lessons from the Football Coaching and Leadership Styles of the Oregon Ducks and Ohio State Buckeyes (693 views)
  10. We Can't Ignore “Lean Horror Stories” or That Cheeseburger Ain't Healthy Eatin' (690 views)

Aren't you glad that I didn't go through with the conversion to “LeanBuzz” as a site style?

Below is the most viewed cartoon of the year — a time and a place for firefighting (read more):

firefighting cartoon leanblog

My most-read “Influencers” article of the year on LinkedIn had over 15,000 readers (see all of my articles there):

11 Things My Personal Trainer is Teaching Me About My Own Work

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Ten Most Read Posts in 2015

  1. Guest Post: The one thing Lean Six Sigma got wrong about Lean (6107 views | 50 comments)
  2. Links to Dilbert Cartoons on #Lean and/or #SixSigma (5754 views)
  3. Lean Quotes Collection (4300 views)
  4. Kaizen & Idea Boards Spotted at Society for Health Systems Conference (3949 views)
  5. GM Got Gamed (Or, How to Fudge Your Production Numbers) (2942 views)
  6. Statistics on Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety Problems – Errors & Harm (2499 views)
  7. Don't Threaten People with This Famous Dr. Deming Quote (2226 views)
  8. My Thoughts on Standardized Work (2062 views)
  9. A Video Showing Office 5S Gone Wrong (2052 views)
  10. #Lean: Clarifying Push, Pull, and Flow in a Hospital; the Patient “Pulls” (1735 views)

Not all of those posts were written in 2015, most are from previous years…

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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.



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