What Were the 10 Most Read LeanBlog.org Posts of the Second Half of 2023?


Thanks, everybody, for reading my blog here in 2023. And for listening to podcasts… oh so many podcasts.

This blog post is the “year end” report with the most read posts of the second half of the year. On one technical note, I updated the core WordPress “theme” that runs the site because the old one basically just stopped working. Hopefully, the site loads faster than it did before.

I released 17 “Lean Blog Interviews” podcasts in the last six months (30 for the year). This year (June) marked the 17th birthday of my podcast, which started with this first Norman Bodek episode. I'll hit a big Episode #500 episode milestone next year. Thanks to Stiles Associates for their sponsorship.

I was also happy to continue the “Lean Whiskey” podcast series, and I released four episodes of that series here in the 2nd half, seven for year for me and Jamie.

I also released 25 more episodes of “My Favorite Mistake” for the second half of the year (a podcast that inspired my new book) and a total of 50 for the year. I'll hit Episode #250 early next year.

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 15th.

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 Second Half of 2023

Here are the top 10 most-read posts that I wrote in the second half of this year as I picked up the pace on my blogging a bit (data through Dec 18):

  1. Recordings: The Lean Mindset Event with GE CEO Larry Culp and Many Special Guests (1081)
  2. Gemba vs. Genba — Different Spellings or Different Words and Meanings? (886 views)
  3. Remembering and Honoring Chris Burnham, a Colleague and Friend (845)
  4. Does This Chart Show a Clear Reduction — Or Variation? (540)
  5. PDSA, or Doing it Well, Starts With Psychological Safety (438)
  6. Analyzing Rare Events, Like MLB Perfect Games, with Process Behavior Charts (403)
  7. The Mistakes That Made “The Mistakes That Make Us” – First Editions (358)
  8. Discussing the GE Lean Mindset Event with Jim Womack, Katie Anderson, and Jamie V. Parker (349)
  9. Interview with “Kata Girl Geek” Gemma Jones on Lean, Improvement, and Mental Health (318)
  10. Embracing the Lean Mindset in GE Aerospace: A Conversation With Two Leaders (308)

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:

One of those links / posts (and its video) regularly appears on my “top posts” lists.

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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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