Why Going To The Gemba Isn’t Enough (And How Going To The Gemba Is More Like Meditating)

What is the “gemba” and how do you “go to the gemba” effectively? Today we’re answering your questions! In this episode we explain: What the gemba is and why going to it isn’t enough. The goal for every leader when it comes to the gemba. Why going to the gemba is a lot like meditation. …

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Foundation Problem: When Your Production Team Lacks Real Teamwork

The success of your lean goals truly depend on the strength of your foundation. While so many lean tools come into play–”just in time,” one-piece flow, kaizen, work cells, balanced workloads, scheduling, etc–these are the things that are built upon the foundation. The foundation itself that you need to succeed with lean is quite different …

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Quick Changeover Video (SMED) at the Lean Donut Shop

If you have equipment and processes requiring changeovers or setup time, you must learn a lean principle called SMED (single minute exchange of die). SMED—also known as “quick changeover”—is the practice of radically reducing changeover times. You must reduce your changeover times for two primary reasons: Long changeovers waste your equipment capacity. Long changeovers tempt …

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