What are the 10 Most Read LeanBlog.org Posts of the Second Half of 2017?


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 from July 1 through December 7.

See results for the first half of 2017.

You can also see which posts or pages have the most views, all time.

Posts Written in the Second Half of 2017:

#1 – 1290 views

How NOT to Improve Patient Flow: Laws, Targets, Blame, and Threats

#2 – 1073 views

How a Hospital in Malaysia Solved That Emergency Room Visibility Problem (And More)

#3 – 984 views

Has the #Lean Movement Failed to Learn from Dr. #Deming's Mistake?

#4 – 915 views

Toyota vs Tesla: A Comparative Look at Mindsets in Manufacturing Efficiency and Quality

#5 – 896 views

Signs, Error Proofing, and Explaining Why in the Gym

#6 – 841 views

Safety Issues Plague Hospital(s) – Front Page of USA Today

#7 – 821 views

Aim for “Effectiveness” in Your Gemba Walks, Not “Efficiency”

#8 – 761 views

Why Lean Manufacturing… is Less Fun Than Google Autocomplete?

#9 – 751 views

The Joy and the Pain of Overreacting to Metrics

#10 – 749 views

What Do the “The Toyota Way” Books Say About Visual Metrics?

5 Older Posts That Were Popular the Past Six Months

Older posts are often more popular than recent posts, thanks to Google searches, etc.

#1 – 1974 views (2012)

Is Lean an Acronym? Is it “LEAN”? “L.E.A.N.?” — Understanding the Origins of the Term

#2 – 1918 views (2013)

Discovering the Power of Kaizen Idea Boards at the Society for Health Systems Conference

#3 – 1692 views (2014)


#4 – 1519 views  (2013)

Misinterpreting Deming: The Misuse of ‘Survival is not Mandatory' in Lean Practice

#5 – 1378 views

Toyota's Respect for People Principle: The Heart of Lean Thinking and Practice

The One I Always Like to Share

Usually this post (and its video) are more popular – 985 views in the past six months. I get more “fan mail” about this video (200,000 views all time) than anything:

When 5S Goes Wrong: A Hilarious (and Cringe-worthy) Office Fiasco Caught on Video, Sort Of

What was your favorite post from the second half of the year?

My posts about “process behavior charts” weren't that popular, but I'm writing a book anyway

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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. Come on, Mark. You’ve been training us for years now to look sideways at all Top Ten lists. How do we know these posts that showed up in the Top Ten don’t just represent common cause variation in the system–statistical noise? Can we got a control chart or something??? ;-)

    Just teasing, Mark. Love your work. Thanks for all that you do.


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