What Were the 10 Most Read Lean Blog Posts of 2022?


Thanks, everybody, for reading my blog here in 2022. And for listening to podcasts… so many podcasts again this year! Here are a few numbers, before we get to the most-read posts of the year.

Podcast Numbers

This year, I released 34 new “Lean Blog Interviews” podcast episodes. More still to come in 2023. Thanks again to my presenting sponsor, Stiles Associates, a relationship that will continue again next year.

We continued the “Lean Whiskey” podcast series and we released six episodes of that series, including the first one that Jamie and I could do in person. Plus, one episode that Jamie did with a friend of his, without me.

I got a little bit back into the habit of doing some “Lean Blog Audio” episodes (8 of them) that are based on blog posts.

We released 16 episodes of “Habitual Excellence” (via the firm Value Capture).

I also released 67 episodes of “My Favorite Mistake” and I am writing a book on the theme of learning from mistakes. Whew. I scaled back from two episodes a week to one, which was a more sustainable pace as I returned to the road for work more this year. I'll be slowing down on “MFM” but I will ramp up again and relaunch to support the book release.

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

Below are the ten most-read posts 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 15.

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

Blog Posts Written in 2022

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. A Mystery Solved! That Photo I Use to Talk About Standardized Work and Workarounds (3391 views)
  2. A Quote About a Mistake That Makes You Humble… (1376)
  3. Why Damon Baker Thinks Lean Has a Marketing Problem; the Need to Speak the CEO's Language (822)
  4. Must Dos and Nice to Haves: Performance Reviews and Continuous Improvement? (732)
  5. The Official Cocktail of “My Favorite Mistake”: The Negroni Sbagliato (685)
  6. Prof. Elliott Weiss on Steph Curry Tweaking His 3-Point Shot and Not Reacting to Noise in Other Settings (594)
  7. When Companies Don't Learn From “The Beer Game,” Inventory Stock-Outs Turn to Pile-Ups (535)
  8. Can You SEE Culture in a Workplace? What Do These Artifacts Say to You? (344)
  9. Rich Sheridan, CEO of Menlo Innovations, on Eliminating Fear and Increasing Joy in Work (305)
  10. If You're Going to Visit the Gemba, Your Mindsets and Behaviors Matter… A Lot (296)

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

  1. Free Download: Process Tracking Letters for Lean Daily Management Boards (6124 views)
  2. The #Lean Goals That Matter: SQDCM (1824)
  3. Wise Words from Mark Twain on Continuous Improvement and Perfection (1786)
  4. Toyota, Respect for People (or “Humanity”) and Lean (1778)
  5. Chernobyl: Data Without Context is Dangerous (1476)
  6. Just Do It? Don't Forget to Then Just Study It and Just Adjust It (1326)
  7. #Lean: Clarifying Push, Pull, and Flow in a Hospital; the Patient (the Customer) “Pulls” (1264)
  8. You'll Love These Idea Boards Spotted at the Society for Health Systems Conference (1263)
  9. Farewell to “30 Rock” & its Six Sigma Jokes (1252)
  10. 10 Common Problem Solving Mistakes (1247)
  11. Toyota is Admired for Good Reason… But About Those Rotating Job Shifts… (1126)
  12. Don't Threaten People with This Famous Dr. Deming Quote (1115)
  13. A Video Showing Office 5S Gone Wrong (1053)

And that 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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