In March of 2009 Kevin Meyer, Ron Pereira and I launched Gemba Academy as a new way to help people learn about kaizen and lean. We had no idea what to expect when the site first went live. All of our forecasts were wrong. Initially we offered one 12 module course and had zero customers. Two years later, we offer more than 145 online and DVD-based lean training videos covering topics such as 5S, the 7 Wastes, Kaizen Events, Standard Work, Leader Standard Work, Value Stream Mapping, Quick Changeover, Practical Problem Solving, and much more.
Amazingly, more than 1,000 companies around the world now use Gemba Academy to train individuals and groups. It’s safe to say we’ve grown much faster than we could have ever imagined, but we feel like we’ve just started.