What Were the 10 Most Read LeanBlog.org Posts of the Second Half of 2021?


Thanks everybody for reading my blog here in 2021. And for listening to podcasts… oh so many podcasts.

In the second half of the year, I released 14 new “Lean Blog Interviews” podcasts, along with some re-releases of some early episodes in celebration of the 15th anniversary of that podcast series. More to come in 2022. Thanks again to my presenting sponsor, Stiles Associates, a relationship that will continue next year.

I was also happy to continue the “Lean Whiskey” podcast series and I released three episodes of that series.

I also released 16 episodes of “Habitual Excellence” (via the firm Value Capture) and 46 episodes of “My Favorite Mistake” (a podcast that had its first birthday-versary). Whew!

Check out the other podcasts from our collaboration and learning group that we call “Lean Communicators.”

Below are the ten most-read posts of the second half 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 December 16.

You can also see which posts or pages have the most views, all time, since I started the blog in 2005.

Posts Written in the First Half of 2021

Here are the top 10 most-read posts that I wrote in the first half of this year (and I've been writing less as I've podcasted more):

  1. Remembering and Mourning Nate Hurle, a Healthcare Improvement Champion — 2123 views
  2. Episode #424: Balaji Reddie, Founder of the Deming Forum of India — 872
  3. Two Data Points Are Not a Trend: People Quitting Jobs — 489
  4. Confusion Galore, A Vaccine Administration Error: My Moderna COVID Booster — 405
  5. A Culture of “Fessin' Up” About Mistakes at Garrison Brothers Distillery — 390
  6. Sonia Singh: From Lean Coach to Leadership Coach, From Consultant to Coach — 343
  7. This WSJ Article About Lean Isn't Terrible (via GE and Larry Culp) — 323
  8. When It's Easier to Distort the System Than it is to Improve It: Baseball Attendance — 204
  9. Dolphins Are Also Smart Enough to Game the System to Get More — 204
  10. The Need to Error Proof Medication Vials, Including COVID Vaccines — 193

Some of these posts are habitually popular, appearing on this list every six months, and some of them are new to the list compared to last year.

  1. Free Download: Process Tracking Letters for Lean Daily Management Boards — 2493 views
  2. Just Do It? Don't Forget to Then Just Study It and Just Adjust It — 1770
  3. Is Lean an Acronym? Is it “LEAN”? “L.E.A.N.?” — 1351
  4. Toyota, Respect for People (or “Humanity”) and Lean — 971
  5. The #Lean Goals That Matter: SQDCM — 937
  6. 10 Common Problem Solving Mistakes — 846
  7. #Lean: Clarifying Push, Pull, and Flow in a Hospital; the Patient (the Customer) “Pulls” — 693
  8. Don't Threaten People with This Famous Dr. Deming Quote — 684
  9. Toyota is Admired for Good Reason… But About Those Rotating Job Shifts… — 679
  10. Chernobyl: Data Without Context is Dangerous – 654

And this video is still my most-viewed YouTube video of all time:

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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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