Welcome to the Gemba Academy Newsletter!
It's been a big month for Gemba Academy!. We just launched our brand new website, complete with many exciting new features designed to take your continuous improvement journey to the next level.
New Videos
Check out our New Videos page to see everything we've added recently!
Gemba Academy Live!
Ron and the Gemba Academy team visit Zingerman's in Ann Arbor, Michigan to learn how they leverage lean to create a world class mail order food service business. In this 20 video series you will learn how Zingerman's applies heijunka to level load their operations which, although it flies in the face of conventional batch thinking, creates a very efficient operation. You will also see how the company hires, trains, and treats their team members.
Franciscan Health - Coming next week!
Gemba Academy Live!
Ron and the Gemba Academy team visit Franciscan Health in Indiana to see Lean and continuous improvement in action in a hospital. This 30 video series is complete and will be released on March 1st. Remember: subscribers have access to all new content.
Fireblast Global - Coming in March!
Gemba Academy Live!
Steve Kane and the Gemba Academy team just returned from a visit to Fireblast Global in California. As you can tell from the image above, this video series will be one of our most dramatic and dangerous, which is why we sent Steve! Remember: subscribers have access to all new content.
New Podcasts
Whether you’re on-the-go, in the office, or at home, the Gemba Academy podcast is the perfect addition to your continuous improvement journey. Our guests come from all different backgrounds and industries, so there’s really something for everyone.

Here’s a rundown of our latest episodes:
Ep 96:
How to Build a Lean Community
Guest: Dr. Eric Olsen
Dr. Eric Olsen, a professor at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, explains the lean community he’s helped to build on the Central Coast of California, the Central Coast Lean Summit, and his vision for the future.
Ep 95:
How to Practice Lean from the Heart
Guest: Karl Wadensten
VIBCO Vibrators President Karl Wadensten shares his keynote “Lean from the Heart,” at the 2015 Iowan Lean Consortium. Karl explores the emotions and thought processes behind lean and the role they play in running an efficient organization.
Ep 94:
How to Embrace Lean
Guest: Bob Rush
Bob Rush, a Lean Manufacturing Group Leader at Tesla Motors, shares a lot of truly valuable advice based on his own personal lean journey, including some great stories that will both entertain and inspire you.
Ep 93:
How to Start a Lean Initiative
Guest: Blake Watermeier
Blake Watermeier, Regional VP of Operations at ARC Document Solutions, discusses the process of starting a new lean initiative and the obstacles that often follow.
New Blog Posts
A deep dive into lean theory, thoughts on leadership, ruminations on applying lean outside the box. Each week you can read something a little different on the Gemba Academy Blog!

Here are some of the most recent posts:
The Liberating Lessons of Less
by Kevin Meyer
Kevin reflects on the many benefits of a minimalist lifestyle.
Weighing the Waste of Waiting
by Jon Miller
Jon discusses the waste of waiting when it comes to knowledge work.
Learn How to Present Like Jobs and Sinek
by Ron Pereira
Ron describes the presentation methods of Steve Jobs and Simon Sinek.
The Only Genuine Knowledge is That of Actual Experience
by Steve Kane
Steve shares several techniques to getting the most out of your training experience.
Respect for People: Roommate Edition
by Jessica Bush
Jessica breaks down how and why "Respect for People" applies beyond the office or factory floor.
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Customer Success Corner
Continuous improvement and lean thinking are important skills for a lean organization. Oftentimes, applying lean is thought of as an added task or assignment. Help people think of themselves as lean thinkers and practitioners by addressing the responsibilities and skills required for the job.

Consider adding lean to job descriptions. Perhaps, something like this would work.
  • Identifies and eliminates waste from processes
  • Continually improves processes to better serve the customer and the company
  • Immediately identifies problems wherever they exists
  • Continually learns and applies lean methods and concepts
Also think about adding lean skills to skills training requirements. Demonstrating an understanding of the seven deadly wastes and 5S could be a standard for all employees to meet with 90 days of starting employment. More advance associates could be challenged to demonstrate an understanding of more advance topics.
Steve Kane
Director of Customer Success
Upcoming events that you might be interested in.
Smart Manufacturing Summit
5-7 April 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
This year’s Smart Manufacturing Summit is being co-hosted by the CEO of Harley-Davidson, Matt Levatich. We will learn close up how Harley and other leading manufacturing companies are leveraging new technologies, advancing their lean and continuous improvement programs, and applying workforce best practices to their reduce costs and improve quality and speed.

For more information or to register, visit Use code GA100 and save $100.

AME Annual Conference
24-28 October 2016 in Dallas, Texas
Nine keynote speakers, 54 presentations, 40 tours, 12 special interest sessions and 40 workshops provide you with a transformational learning experience like no other.

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