Here at The Lean Post, we have our own ideas of what articles we want to publish and our own goals for the kind of community we want to create. We’re particularly interested in articles that speak to the challenges you all have experienced in your lean transformation work (and how you've overcome these), and/or articles that spark new dialogues in the lean community or speak to new and different audiences. As our mission is to make things better through lean thinking and practice by spreading lean thinking throughout the world, reaching new and different audiences is REALLY important.
From the beginning, we have aimed to create an interesting and lively mix of content on the Post: well-known writers, teachers, and coaches in the lean community right up alongside new and different voices. We've aimed to create a site that encourages learning, sharing, and dialogue.
But what do you, as lean practitioners and lean.org community members (and perhaps beginner lean thinkers? new visitors to lean.org?) want to see on the Post? What articles are you interested in reading? Which articles on the Post have you enjoyed or found useful and why? What's the best thing you've read or watched recently that has changed the way you approach your work or made you think differently?
So far, I'm struck by how much the lean community appreciates simple, practical, "how-to" style pieces on lean thinking and practice (for example, this piece by Jim Morgan and this piece by Tracey Richardson). We’ve also noticed that our readers like a good story, a human story about how and why an organization discovers it needs to improve and how people work together to make meaningful, lasting change happen. For example, Alice Lee's story of how she introduced lean thinking at Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center in Boston.
We know we’ve only just scratched the surface of topics that might be covered on The Lean Post, of interest to the lean community and beyond, so we hope you’ll let us know your ideas and send your feedback.
If you’d like to submit a piece yourself, you can do so here. Not all pieces will be accepted, but we encourage you to submit, take a stance, share one of your own lessons learned, or raise a new question. We want to hear from you and help share your stories with the world.
If you’d like to write something, but need a little more guidance, here are two particular kinds of stories we're looking for: stories of where you see waste (wasted time, resources, energy, talent, etc.) in your everyday life or in the world, and stories of where you see lean thinking show up where you’d least expect it. We’ll collect these stories and use them to drive new conversations on the Post and in the lean community. We look forward to hearing from you!