An MIT Professor, Jonathan Byrnes, on the Covid Vaccine Supply Chain


This is some bonus audio related to an episode of the “My Favorite Mistake” podcast that Professor Jonathan Byrnes and I recorded last week. He is a Senior Lecturer at MIT.

I'm going to release his full episode in mid-May where we talk about his “favorite mistake” and his new book (to be released 5/11) on CHOOSE YOUR CUSTOMER: How to Compete Against the Digital Giants and Thrive.  

I had the chance to ask him about lessons and advice related to the Covid vaccination supply chain and roll out. It's very timely in a fast-changing vaccination landscape, so I wanted to share this now.

You can read more here in an article he wrote:

How to Structure the COVID-19 Vaccine Supply Chain

Oh, and in the episode, Byrnes tells a funny joke about a supermarket that's located between Harvard (where he got his DBA) and MIT (where he's been teaching for 30+ years). Anyway, it was funny to me…

Thanks for listening or checking it out.

What do you think? Please scroll down (or click) to post a comment. Or please share the post with your thoughts on LinkedIn – and follow me or connect with me there.

Did you like this post? Make sure you don't miss a post or podcast — Subscribe to get notified about posts via email daily or weekly.

Check out my latest book, The Mistakes That Make Us: Cultivating a Culture of Learning and Innovation:

Get New Posts Sent To You

Select list(s):
Previous articleHabitual Excellence: Paul O’Neill, Jr. Reflects on a Year Since His Dad’s Passing
Next articleKeith Champion on the Lucid (Motors) Production System
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. This was a great listen. I have been following the articles on how the vaccine supply chain has been laid out and I like the point that Jonathan made about having the wrong people running the wrong supply chains and his reference to McDonald’s supply chain. Especially with time being so crucial to get this life-saving vaccine distributed, it is like nothing I have seen before. Thank you for sharing.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.