Category: Lean

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GA 339 | Applying Lean and Six Sigma to Human Resources with Michael Parent

This week’s guest is Michael Parent. Ron and Michael discussed the role of continuous improvement in HR and the challenges Michael faces. Michael also shared his take on applying these principles in untraditional contexts. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll

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The Loopy Guide to Getting Started with Lean

We often hear the question, “Where do I get started?” from people new to lean, continuous improvement or operational excellence. A simple, universal answer continues to evade us. The answer is rather situational. It depends on where you are, where you’re going, who’s going with you and more. Thinking too

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5 Tips for Choosing a Lean Certification Course

There are many Lean certification courses available from a wide variety of organizations. Choosing the right one to suit your specific needs can be a bit tricky. Here are some tips and considerations to help you find the right one for you. Lean Body of Knowledge It’s often argued that

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GA 338 | Gamifying Lean with Bruno Pesec

This week’s guest is Bruno Pesec.  Ron and Bruno discussed innovation strategy, the intersection of respect for people and innovation, and how Bruno has been involved in gamifying lean. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  The quote that inspires

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The Five-minute Morale and Productivity Booster

We love to hear from our customers at Gemba Academy. Sometimes it’s about things we can do better. Customer requests for new topics for our learning library are an important input to our plans. Perhaps the best is hearing about our customers’ success. Stories of customers using our online learning

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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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