Mistake Proofing Expert John Grout’s Favorite Mistake and How to Prevent (and Learn From) Mistakes


This week's episode of the My Favorite Mistake podcast has a guest and a conversation that will be very directly relevant to you as a Lean practitioner. I hope you'll check it out:

Within the next month, John is also going to be featured in an episode of my Lean Blog Interviews podcast, where we'll take a much deeper dive into mistake proofing from a Lean perspective.

In this episode of “My Favorite Mistake,” I'm pretty sure that we didn't use words like “Lean” and we didn't mention Toyota (I could be wrong about that since I'm going from memory on that instead of checking the transcript).

We have a great conversation about themes including:

  • Mistakes as “bad decisions” vs. “slips”
  • How learning from small mistakes early helps you succeed — when building a tower or building a business
  • Why checklists are the weakest form of mistake proofing, according to John

I've always said that “My Favorite Mistake” is a “lean-adjacent podcast” or it's sort of about Lean without saying Lean. We all make mistakes, so let's learn from them instead of punishing people in a way that drives mistakes underground, dooming us to repeat them…



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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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