What do you actually do on the gemba?
Dear Gemba Coach,
What is it you actually do on the gemba?
Good question -- and hard to answer when not on the gemba. If I had to sumarize it in one point, I'd say that I try to see through the lens of the seven wastes at work level to the larger customer and capital wastes beyond. The following paper published in Industrial Engineer captures this quite well:
(Copyright 2014 by the Institute of Industrial Engineers. All rights reserved.)
The Sanity of Just-in-Time
Path dependence is the worst enemy of smart resolution, argue the authors, who suggest greater "frame control" with enabling tools such as just-in-time to respect people on the frontline and respect the facts they share about what is happening to them. "Mastering the path as opposed to being led by it, means looking up frequently to reevaluate both destination and way as new information comes to light."
5S, Hygiene, and Healthy Habits
5S-like practice can uncover hidden beliefs and misconceptions, and pave the way to adopting new hygiene practices – as opposed to arbitrary imposition, argues Michael Balle, adding: In this community, we, of all people, have been trained to do so. Now is the time to start acting on it.
How One Company is Using Lean Fundamentals When Facing Disruption
Companies that have been built using lean principles are turning to these core ideals when confronting the unique challenges caused by today’s pandemic. Here's how the French seller of automobiles, AramisAuto, is responding.