Recording: My Lean Startup Webcast on Metrics and Process Behavior Charts


Eric Ries and Lean Startup Co. have been really helpful friends in spreading the message about “Process Behavior Charts” in their community. They invited me to give a talk at last year's Lean Startup Week and Eric was kind enough to endorse my book Measures of Success (the paperback is coming soon – get notifiedor pre-order):

“By combining a range of case studies and stories across industries, including many from his own personal experience, with detailed, clear explanations of what Process Behavior Charts are and why they're so effective for managing data, Mark Graban has written a readable, informative book to guide any leader who wants to help an organization achieve true and lasting success. Improvement has been made easier thanks to his work.”

Recently, they invited me to be a guest for their webcast series, where Marilyn Gorman asked me questions about my book and the Process Behavior Chart methodology. It was a challenge to talk about this visual method without slides and charts, so I did my best to create air charts with finger gestures :-)

In the link below, you can you can read a good summary (or the full transcript). You can also read or share it on Medium.

How To Turn Data And Metrics Into The Right Kind Of Action

You'll see my clean-shaven face, as we recorded this on November 1st when I shaved for the Movember fundraising effort (learn more and donate).

You can also listen to this via Soundcloud:

The discussion included themes such as:

  • The Noise in our Numbers
  • Stop Overanalyzing and Start Visualizing
  • You Don't Have to be a Numbers Person to Use Data Well

“Mark believes that it's important for companies of all sizes — from startups to big corporations — to take a step back and evaluate how they look at metrics. It can be easy for a company to look at the numbers and react to every uptick, downturn or minor change — something Mark likes to call the “noise” in a metric. But he thinks it's important for companies and individuals to determine whether or not that noise is a meaningful signal or just a standard fluctuation around an average that doesn't need to be addressed.”

Thanks again to Marilyn for hosting and asking great questions.

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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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