Lean Whiskey #41: Should Lean be Forced? Running & Evaluating Experiments with the Podcast and Beyond, Inexpensive Sip



In Episode 41, Mark Graban and Jamie Flinchbaugh try a couple experiments, in the spirit of continuous improvement. You'll first notice that we moved the whiskey talk to the end. The hypothesis here is that some people don't want to hear the whiskey talk, so they can just exit the podcast when we finish the lean talk. We also used a different platform for recording, so it may affect your listening or viewing experience. We would really appreciate any feedback at all on these experiments. 

In lean talk, we explore the question of whether lean can and should be forced. We examine this from different angles, including terms like accountability and quotas. We even evoke the words of Dr. Deming in the process. We quote Toyota's Jamie Bonini who said “if the employees are upset by it, it's not really TPS.” We explore 5S, audits, incentives, and more. 

We finally get around to talking about the whiskey that we were sipping on during the episode. After all, this is kinda the point. For this episode's theme, we are pulling the bottle off our shelf that is the least expensive, but still worth sipping on its own. Mark is drinking Benchmark, and Jamie went with Rebel. Cheers!

Please review us and follow or subscribe on your favorite podcast platform! 


Subscribe, Rate, and Review!

Please check out the main LeanWhiskey.com page if you want to subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, or RSS. Please rate and review the podcast too!

Cheers! If you have any feedback or ideas for the podcast, let us know!

Find the podcast feed and past episodes at LeanWhiskey.com or at leanblog.org/leanwhiskey or at jflinch.com/leanwhiskey 

Please review us and subscribe or follow us in your favorite podcast directory or platform.

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 articleRyan McCormack’s Operational Excellence Mixtape: August 25th, 2023
Next articleCritique Your Process, Not Your People
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.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

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