Welcome to the Gemba Academy Newsletter!
July will be an exciting month for Gemba Academy as we are launching our new Gemba Academy en Español videos! We have had a tremendous response to the announcement earlier this month. Also coming in July are a series of Gemba Academy Live! videos from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
New Videos
Check out our New Videos page to see everything we've added recently!
Announcing Gemba Academy in Spanish!
Gemba Academy Español

We are very excited to announce Gemba Academy Español!

Beginning with the 5S course, we are moving beyond Spanish captions to videos with Spanish-speaking presenters, with all background graphics, supporting files, and quizzes also translated into Spanish.

The full 5S course in Spanish is just about complete and will be launched later in June, with the other School of Lean courses following later. We also expect to launch a Spanish blog and podcast later this year.

Watch a sample 5S video in Spanish here. You can also sign up to receive updates on Gemba Academy Español.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Gemba Academy Live! - Coming in July!
Ron and the Gemba Academy team visited with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to learn how lean and continuous improvement is being applied to government. This video series is a collaboration with the Lean Enterprise Institute, and will be released in July.

Remember: subscribers have access to all new content. The first video can be viewed without registration. Not a subscriber? Sign up for a Free Preview!

New Webinars
Coming up in our occasional webinar series. Subscribers can view previous webinars here.
29 June 2016, 1pm ET:
Investing in People
Speaker: Jamie Parker

FedEx's Jamie Parker will join us to discuss the importance of investing in people to overcome bumps in the road and drive sustainable business results.

Can't make it? A recording will be emailed to all participants afterwards, so register anyways!


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 116:
How to Use Storytelling
Guest: Jacob Stoller
Jacob and Ron discussed storytelling and how it can be extra powerful in a continuous improvement context.
Ep 115:
Mastering Puppets
Guest: Felipe Marques
Filipe has a very unique perspective on continuous improvement, and he shared some great examples of what he and his team do to stay on track. He even connected Metallica and lean!
Ep 114:
How to Apply Lean to Healthcare
Guest: Mark Graban
Ron and Mark discussed lean healthcare, the third revision of Mark’s book "Lean Hospitals", and some of the main misconceptions about lean.
Ep 113:
How to Utilize the Power Score
Guest: Jonathan Sands
Jonathan Sands, Director of Operational Excellence at Dayton Superior, talked to us about the Power Score and how it keeps organizations on track. This methodology helps measure leadership effectiveness and is a powerful supplement to any and all lean journeys.
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:
No Overburden, No Gain
by Jon Miller
Jon reviews the three undesirable conditions related to work.
Performance, Not Policy
by Kevin Meyer
Kevin examines the role of rules and policies in shaping an organization's culture.
How to Become a More Passionate Leader & Person
by Ron Pereira
Ron explores an attribute incredibly important for person or organization seeking excellencp: passion.
Safety in Numbers: What Message Are We Sending?
by Steve Kane
Steve introduces a guest post by Jamie Parker of FedEx Office, where she explains why it's important to focus on the process and not the result.
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Customer Success Corner

It's easy to think that a kaizen event is an improvement. After identifying a problem and a countermeasure, planning the implementation, preparing a kaizen team, and executing the implementation, we can feel like the improvement job is done. The reality is that we're only at the beginning. A change made during the event is an improvement only if it has generated better results over the long term. Even after the results are verified to be an improvement over the long term, we're not finished.

The kaizen event isn't the improvement. It's only the first of infinite PDCA cycles.

Steve Kane
Director of Customer Success
Upcoming events that you might be interested in.
AME Annual Conference
24-28 October 2016 in Dallas, Texas
The largest lean and continuous improvement conference in the world, with nine keynote speakers, 54 presentations, 40 tours, 12 special interest sessions and 40 workshops to provide you with a transformational learning experience like no other.

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Use promo code "DallasGemba" to receive a 10% discount!
Business Performance USA
26-28 September 2016 in San Francisco, California

No matter the size, scale or maturity of your current OpEx and change management programmes, Business Performance Excellence USA provides the ultimate guide to innovating across the enterprise and reinventing business models to achieve true performance excellence. Business Performance Excellence USA will be back in San Francisco, California this year on September 26 – 28. The eagerly anticipated 2016 agenda is now available for you to download today! This year’s theme will be focusing on uniting Operational Excellence, Strategy, Innovation and Scalability to create truly sustainable performance excellence. BPE USA 2016 is set to be more focused, practical and engaging than ever before!

Download the Agenda here!

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