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Poll: Understanding Lean at Your Company

I wanted to try to understand how lean is working for the readers of Beyond Lean.  This is not a highly scientific poll just three quick questions to see what size company the readers work in, how they are trying to implement lean and if you believe your company is sustaining and growing the results from lean.

Thanks for continuing to read Beyond Lean.

Topic for Lean Series Week

Last year, Beyond Lean hosted two lean series weeks.  The week focused on a specific topic.  Posts were from not only Joe and me but also guests.  Giving the reader a different perspective on one topic for the week all in one place.

Please take the time to answer the poll letting us know what you would like to see as the next topic for the Lean Series week.

The first lean series was on standardized work.

The second series was on visual management.



Poll Results – Thanks for the Feedback

I want to thank everyone who participated in the polls about a month ago.  The information helped me learn more about who is reading the blog and what topics are preferred in order to drive to a higher satisfaction rate of the readers.

Who is reading Beyond Lean?

  1. Mid-Level Managers = 40%
  2. Senior Level Managers = 20%
  3. Consultants = 20%

I suspected this may be the case.  Part of the reason, I am a mid-level manager so my natural perspective is that of a mid-level manager.  It is great to see so many senior level managers reading the blog also.  What encouraged me the most was seeing the fourth largest group to read the blog was direct line employees (17%).  I try to write so it relates to all levels and positions.  Seeing the wide spectrum of positions reading Beyond Lean signals that we are relating to a variety of people well.

What features/topics are favorites?

  1. Posts on Principles/Concepts/Tools = 28%
  2. Posts by Matt and Joe = 25%
  3. Lean Series Week = 14%

Seeing the lean series week get a good response is encouraging because it was something we added this year.  It seems it has been a success.

Do people enjoy the posts on principles/concepts/tools because the posts help the reader address something they are working on and how to apply it?  I hope that is at least part of the reason.  We strive to make the posts applicable and easy to relate to.

The feedback does not mean we will stop posting topics and features that rated low.  The feedback allows us to focus our content.

If you have any other feedback on how to improve the content, please leave a comment.


Who is Visiting Beyond Lean?

Recently, I have been wondering who comes to the Beyond Lean site and what do they like at the site.  In order to help me better understand more about you, the reader, I have created two very quick poll questions.

The first question asks about what level of your organization you work at.  There is a check box for consultant.  I did this so consultants would not get mixed in with respondents working in the business.  Sometimes a consultants interest may vary from someone working in the business and I thought it would be good to separate.

The second question asks what is it about Beyond Lean that you like.  You may check all that apply.

Thank you for your help.

Dedicated Series on a Lean Topic

Have you ever read something and thought it made sense?  Then later you read something else on the same subject.  It has a different viewpoint or thoughts on the subject.  So you start to search the internet for other viewpoints so you can become more educated on the subject.  It gets irritating spending so much time looking for information on the topic.  What if you could have several viewpoints in one place?

This year Beyond Lean is going to try an experiment.  In a few weeks, I will be posting blogs from 4 to 5 different people on the same lean topic.  Each day would be a new blog post from someone who you may recognize or you may not.  People working in industry trying to implement the concept and work with it.  Or consultants who teach the concepts to help others improve.

I would like your help in determining the first topic to cover in a week long series.  Please take a second to vote (or write in a vote) on a topic below.