Year in Review: My Podcasts About Lean and More


It was a busy year for me in the podcast realm. I produced 33 “Lean Blog Podcast” episodes of interviews about the various aspects of Lean.

Click here to view them all (to listen, really… but each page has show notes). I was going to list these chronologically, but I decided to categorize them a bit, even though many podcasts could have fit into multiple categories.

Lean and Related Approaches:

I started the year with a podcast about efforts to combine Lean, Lean Startup, Design Thinking, and other methodologies in the design of new home health services:

The podcast then veered into “clinical variation” and education… and the connections to Lean:

Some of my podcasts are about methodologies that are related to or compatible with Lean. Another example of that is “Studer Group” methodologies as I talked about with Craig (and a previous podcast with Clay Linkous):

Joe Swartz

I also got to talk with my Healthcare Kaizen co-author Joe Swartz about more than 10 years of Kaizen at his health system:

Going out of sequence, I also talked to Joe about Lean and health care supply chain improvement in Episode #301:

Former Toyota People

I always enjoy the perspective of people who have worked at Toyota:

David and I then talked about a shared interest and passion… bourbon:

Lean and Healthcare

Of course, many of my podcasts were about Lean in healthcare. Some episodes weren't strictly about Lean, but covered related topics (or important problems that can be addressed with Lean, like patient safety problems).

Deming, Metrics, and More

I also appreciated the chance to talk with people who share my interests and passions related to statistical management methods, Deming, and more:

International Guests

I had two international guests this year… from Sweden and the Netherlands:

Psychology and Motivational Interviewing

In recent years, I've really gotten interested in psychology, counseling, and “Motivational Interviewing,” as explored in these episodes:

Lean Authors and Other Friends

Some of my guests are authors, friends, or otherwise awesome people (or all of the above).

Part 1 of our discussion was published in 2017, but I really enjoyed the chance to share the rest of my discussion with Billy Taylor about Lean leadership:

Podcasts with Mark

There were a few podcasts last year that broke the usual mold of me interviewing others:

Last but not Least

This past year, we mourned the tragic loss of a friend of the blog, Samuel Selay, as I wrote about here. I'll leave this episode for last, as part of the fond memories we have of Sam

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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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