Category: Lean

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GA 337 | Making the Best of Bad Circumstances with Skip Steward

This week’s guest is Skip Steward. Ron and Skip reflected on the year thus far and on some of the different challenges COVID-19 has created. Skip also shared his take on dealing with confirmation biases. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode

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COLLECT Questions for Better Gemba Walks

The purpose of gemba walks is to demonstrate respect for the people who do the work, collect information, and promote actions that continuously improve processes and shape organizational culture. People accomplish this by going to the workplace and engaging people in respectful dialogue about the processes and their performance. This

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Infographic: 5 Best Practices for Online Learning

Gemba Academy’s latest infographic on “5 Best Practices for Online Learning” is now available!  The image is below, or you can download it on our Resources page.  The other infographics on Best Practices for Remote Teams and Key Components of Lean Daily Management are also available on that page.

The Stabilizing Foundation of Values

We’re living through some crazy times and dealing with issues that were not anticipated during planning sessions.  Every day we’re confronted with new information, new analyses of facts and opinions, creating new decisions that need to be made that can dramatically impact our lives.  The organizations, and individuals, that are

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GA 336 | The Process of Process Improvement with Karen Friedenberg

This week’s guest is Karen Friedenberg. Karen, who has a diverse career background, broke down all the different ways she approaches process improvement. From DMAIC to change management, this episode is full of practical knowledge. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll

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What is a Transactional Value Stream Map?

We’ve recently released “phase 1” of a new Business Process Mapping series.  Two additional phases will be added in the coming weeks.  In phase 1 we explore the topic of transactional value stream mapping.  In this article I’d like to review the topic but I’d invite you to check out

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GA 335 | Leveraging Creative Thinking with Erlin Kakkanad

This week’s guest is Erlin Kakkanad. Erlin explained the differences between critical and creative thinking, stressing the specific powers of creative thinking. If you’re looking for new ways to solve problems, this episode is for you. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this

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Akio Toyoda’s Take on TPS

One might think that Toyota, after more than fifty years of developing, working within, and refining the Toyota Production System, wouldn’t need to run training courses on TPS for managers. And yet recently Toyota has started a series of trainings to study TPS once again. CEO Akio Toyoda himself was

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Platforms for Online Lean and Six Sigma Training

Over the last decade, Gemba Academy’s online library has grown to nearly 2,000 lean and six sigma training videos.  These are organized into three general categories: the School of Lean, School of Six Sigma, and our unique Gemba Academy Live! where we visit interesting organizations to show the “real world”

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