For a topic with so many authors, students, practitioners, and leaders, it’s probably no surprise that there are a ton of blogs about Lean - Lean manufacturing, Lean enterprise, Lean thinking, etc. This list includes some bloggers I’ve been reading for the longest time, those who are the most active, and those whose insights are really valuable (and sometimes, people fall into all three categories). It’s hard to list just ten, but I have a longer “blogroll” list and a separate list of Lean healthcare blogs that I maintain on my site.
Here’s a list of ten Lean blogs, in no particular order… it’s a list, not a ranking.
- Lean Healthcare Exchange
This is a great blog if you’re focused on Lean Healthcare. Many different writers contribute from the Healthcare Performance Partners team, so there’s always a unique perspective. One recent post I recommend: Doctor, the Data Needs Your Attention…How to Engage Physicians in Lean Healthcare Activities by Pat Kramer. Note: HPP is a formal partner of KaiNexus.
- Management Improvement Blog (John Hunter)
John has been blogging even longer than I have, since 2004. He blogs on a wide range of topics, including quality, Lean, and the Deming philosophy. A recommended recent post: Transforming a Management System – A Case Study From the Madison Wisconsin Police Department.
- Kevin Meyer
Kevin has written about Lean and management since late 2004, as well (a popular time to start blogs, apparently). Before moving to his new domain, he blogged at the site “Evolving Excellence,” but all of his old posts are on his new site. He’s also writing on the Gemba Academy blog (#7 on our list). A recent post to check out: The Mindful Ohno.
- “Old Lean Dude” - Bruce Hamilton
You might know Bruce as the “Toast Kaizen Guy,” but as the leader of GMBP.org, he’s been blogging since late 2010 and, as you can tell from the blog’s name, he’s a pretty low key guy. A recent post that I enjoyed and commented on: The Emperor’s New Huddle Boards.
- Jamie Flinchbaugh
Jamie is involved in many things, including as an investor and advisory board member for KaiNexus (see his recent webinar he did for us). Oh, back to the blogging… he started by writing guest posts for my blog and then opened his own site. A recent post that you should check out: Valuing the Small Improvement.
- “The Gemba Coach” - Michael Balle
Michael writes very in-depth blog posts that are hosted by the Lean Enterprise Institute and has been doing so since 2009. He’s also written three business novels, with his father Freddy, on Lean management that have been very popular. One post to start with: Any Tips for Conducting Daily Stand-Up Meetings with my Team?
- Gemba Academy (Ron Pereira & Team)
Ron Pereira started blogging years ago as “Lean Six Sigma Academy,” but as Gemba Academy took off, he incorporated his blogging into the Gemba Academy brand. Ron has also started podcasting and other team members, including Jon Miller have been blogging there too. A recent post to see: Bowling Should Be Unnecessary. Disclosure: Gemba Academy is a formal partner of KaiNexus.
- Michel Baudin
Michel is another Lean author who added blogging to his repertoire in recent years. He writes about Lean manufacturing, but there are concepts that are applicable to all Lean settings. One recent post that I recommend is Teaching, Training, Coaching: Is There a Difference? Disclosure: KaiNexus has sponsored his blog with an ad there the past two months.
- Lean Pathways (Pascal Dennis & Team)
Pascal Dennis is a former employee of the Toyota plant in Ontario and he’s been a prolific author of books including Lean Production Simplified (a new edition coming soon) and business novels including The Remedy. Pascal and his colleagues in his firm are active bloggers and this post is a great place to start: Reprise - How Do We Change Our Thinking?
- LeanBlog.org (Me, Mark Graban)
OK, this is my own blog, but it’s my work so I’m partial to it. I started this blog back in 2005 and I can’t believe that I’ve been working on it for ten years now. I started podcasting back in 2006 and have learned a ton in the process. Here’s a link to some of my favorite posts.
There are many, many excellent Lean blogs that are not on this list. We’re fortunate to have so many great blogs to read. What blogs do you enjoy enough to recommend to others? Please leave a comment and let us know.