The Best of Gemba Academy’s Blog – 2018 Edition

By Ron Pereira Updated on January 4th, 2019

Happy New Year!  I pray 2019 is a fantastic year of personal growth and learning for you and yours!  Now that 2018 has come and gone I wanted to take the opportunity to revisit the top blog articles from last year.

Before we get to the articles I’d like to give a special shout out to my friend and business partner, Jon Miller, as he blogged more than anyone at Gemba Academy in 2018.  A few of us rotate new articles every Friday but Jon consistent publishes new content weekly.

I also want to give a second shout out, and serious hat tip, to Ana Cruz who maintains our Spanish blog.  As you’ll see the Spanish blog (and video) content is extremely popular.  In fact, a Spanish article took the prize for the most read in 2018!

OK, enough from me.  Let’s get started!

Top 10 Articles for 2018 Overall (English & Spanish)

  1. Qué Son Y Cómo Calcular ‘El Tiempo De Ciclo’ (Cycle Time) , Takt Time y Tiempo De Entrega (Lead Time)
  2. How to Determine Cycle Time, Takt Time, Lead Time
  3. 8 Dimensions of Quality
  4. Let’s Create a Current State Value Stream Map!
  5. ¡Vamos A Crear Un VSM Del Estado Actual!
  6. 10 Pasos Del Análisis De Modo Y Efecto De La Falla (FMEA)
  7. 10 Libros que todo practicante de Mejora Continua debe leer
  8. The Cause & Effect Matrix
  9. 5 Pasos Para La Recolección De Datos
  10. 5 Steps to Data Collection

Top 10 Articles Overall (English)

  1. How to Determine Cycle Time, Takt Time, Lead Time
  2. 8 Dimensions of Quality
  3. Let’s Create a Current State Value Stream Map!
  4. The Cause & Effect Matrix
  5. 5 Steps to Data Collection
  6. 10 Steps to Creating a FMEA
  7. Calculating Rolled Throughput Yield (RTY)
  8. TBP: Toyota Business Practice
  9. How to Calculate Standard Work in Process (SWIP) Quantity
  10. 10 Books Every Continuous Improvement Practitioner Should Read

Top 10 Articles Published in 2018 (English)

  1. A Day in the Life of a Gemba-focused Executive VP
  2. Lean is All About People – Or is It? 1 of 2
  3. The Three Key Metrics for Continuous Improvement
  4. What’s the Right Way to Do a Gemba Walk?
  5. How to Manage Continuous Improvement without Authority
  6. Top 10 Differences between Traditional and CI-Infused Problem-solving
  7. Three Core Beliefs Fundamental to Standard Work
  8. How do you walk the gemba?
  9. The Importance of Respect for People in Problem-Solving
  10. Where Do I Start with Lean?


  1. Mario Blandon Navarro

    January 4, 2019 - 12:00 pm

    Thank you, excellent information. You are a great source of knowledgement!

  2. Andy Slaney

    January 4, 2019 - 12:01 pm

    Great articles. Love Gemba Academy.

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