Friday, September 14, 2012

Ten Years of Blogging

Flying well under any publicity banner, today marks ten years of this blog.  My first-ever post, on September 14, 2002, got this whole thing going.  568 posts later, allow me a few reflections.

Ten years ago, there were not many resources about Lean on the web.  Blogging itself was new; the concept of self-publishing triggered consternation for many, worried that unedited text would lead the world astray.  My rationale for starting this odd exercise was simple.  I was learning more about Lean.  Many of the vendors with whom I worked wanted to learn as well...we linked up electronically.  Amazingly, others enjoyed it as well...people I never knew, around the world.  I kept writing.  The exercise helped me learn.

And a lot has changed.

Lean resources have multiplied on the web.  There is terrific stuff out there in many forms...solid material by outstanding thinkers and writers.  Blogging, as a medium, grew greatly and then faded as Facebook, Twitter and mobile apps unchained people from desktop and laptops machines.  Attention spans also shortened.  Even the best blogs use fewer words now than five years ago.

Nevertheless, I continue to learn much about Lean...I'm almost 14 years into applying this framework for approaching processes.  And I feel I'm going deeper into it.  How do we implement it?  How do I explain it?  How do I bring others along, philosophically?

It's easy to explain a kanban system.  But how to bring others along to grasp the criticality of a pull system?  That's a different level of conversation.

That's what I'm learning.  I less sure just how to write about it; thus not so many posts here in recent months.

But, man, am I still learning.  And the blogging platform uniquely allows a "parking place" on the web for substantive thinking.  So, I'll keep this alive.

After all, it would be a shame to not try to go for twenty years.

Keep learning.  And thanks for reading.

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3 comments:

Chester Frame said...

Congratulations, Joe, on 10the years of great insights and a practical nature. I am looking forward to the next 10.

Andy Wagner said...

Congratulations, Joe. Yours was the first blog on lean that I started reading and the first blog I ever read on a regular basis. First of many!

Robert Drescher said...

Congratulations Joe on 10 years and all my best for another 10 or more. You have got one key point true life is about learning constantly, when you stop you lose one good reason for living, and sharing what you learn is another good reason to live, and it helps other learn as well. We may not always agree with each other but if we do not share ideas there is no way for us to grow. This world has far to many people that have given up on learning and imprioving themselves and that makes for a darker world, but those few of us will to grow and share ideas need to keep trying because we may each wake up just one other person and that will make for a brighter tomorrow for everyone.