Matt Wrye of Beyond Lean set up a poll to see who was interested in reading about lean.
According to Wrye, the majority of folks reading about lean on his blog were in middle management:
“Who is reading Beyond Lean?
1. Mid-Level Managers = 40%
2.Senior Level Managers = 20%
3. Consultants = 20%”
This came as no surprise to Wrye, as he himself is a self-described “mid-level manager,” but he was also happy to see that his blog appealed to senior-level management types. Wrye was most impressed to see that the fourth group (which he probably should have included in the poll listings) were direct-line employees (working in gemba, I’d assume).
I was actually surprised that a higher pct. wasn’t consultants, because this website is a good resource. Well, I like it.
While these numbers is encouraging, I’d like to see the direct line employees eclipse the senior-levels. It would indicate a higher percentage of employee implementation.
Here are a couple of other poll stats for you from Wrye:
“What features/topics are favorites?
- Posts on Principles/Concepts/Tools = 28%
- Posts by Matt and Joe = 25%
- Lean Series Week = 14%”
You don’t have to be an elected official to appreciate some good polling feedback, and I’m sure a guy like Wrye will utilize this data to help him to continually improve his blog topics.