It seems like only yesterday I first announced I was headed to Japan. Well, time definitely flies. This Saturday I am headed East to visit the best of the best as I join Gemba Research on their Japanese Kaikaku Experience.
It’s hard to describe in words just how excited I am. I have wanted to make this trip for years. And finally, God willing and weather permitting (we were pummeled with snow today here in Texas), I will be able to check off one of things on my “man I’d like to do that” list.
There are so many things I want to see and learn while visiting these lean manufacturing giants. Of course I want to see various forms of kanban in action along with one piece flow production. But I also want to understand how employees are respected and encouraged to offer suggestions. In short, I want to be truly inspired!
I will do my best to offer frequent updates via the blog while over there. However, based on the busy schedule we have there may not be a lot of spare time! But I will do my very best.
If there is anything you would like me to watch out for or ask while in Japan please let me know by leaving a comment below.
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