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Michael Ballé PhD, is a business writer and executive coach, who has studied and guided lean transformations for 20 years. He is Associate Researcher at Télécom ParisTech's Projet Lean Enterprise and the co-founder of the French Lean Institute
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  • Why don't I see any significant performance improvement from obeya rooms?
    Dear Gemba Coach,  
    We’ve deployed obeyas all across our organization, but I can’t see any significant improvement in our results. We can better see which teams perform and which don’t, but the good teams stay good and the poor ones poor and I’m not sure the increased performance is worth the effort – are we doing something wrong?
  • Any thoughts about lean and Industry 4.0?
    Dear Gemba Coach,  
    What about lean and digital? Any thoughts? And on Industry 4.0?
  • Why does no one ask about production flow anymore?
    Dear Gemba Coach,
    As I read lean posts and papers, no one seems to have problems like this anymore, but I am trying to convince my manager that we have a bottleneck in the production process and that we should have two work stations in parallel to improve the flow. What would be the lean argument for doing that?