Welcome to the Gemba Academy Newsletter!

We've just released two new video series: Lean at the City of Grand Rapids and a refreshed Introductory Topics. Coming next month is a new Visual Management course, followed by Training Within Industry.

New podcasts and blog posts over the past month include topics such as visual management, how to drive continuous improvement at every stage of a lean journey, and even how to design a lean home.

It was great to see many of you at the AME conference in Dallas. Are you interested in learning more about value stream mapping? Check out our upcoming workshop with AME.

New Videos
Lean at the City of Grand Rapids
Gemba Academy Live!

Steve Kane, Director of Customer Success at Gemba Academy, visits a Gemba Academy customer, the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Steve had the opportunity to talk with decision makers, city executives, as well as as other city employees using Lean to create a better work environment, saving time and inventory which ultimately means saving money as they do their everyday jobs.

Introductory Topics
School of Lean

We have just updated two of our most popular videos: Introduction to Lean and The 10 Commandments of Continuous Improvement!

These videos now include examples from multiple industries as well as answering the critical "why?" lean is important.

New Podcasts
Ep 133:
How to Create a Visual Workplace
Guest: Dr. Gwendolyn Galsworth
Dr. Galsworth is an author and consultant who specializes in the visual workplace. Gwendolyn shared her fascinating background with us and explained the importance of visuality.
Ep 132:
How to Apply Lean to Puzzle Manufacturing
Guest: Don Scott
Don Scott works at Buffalo Games, a puzzle and board game company. Don describds his take on continuous improvement as well as the challenges that pertain to this unique industry.
Ep 131:
How to Develop a Well-Rounded Approach to Lean
Guest: Chad Vincent
Chad is a Lean Leader with an extremely diverse background and a lot of coaching experience. Ron and Chad discussed his work applying lean in several different industries.
Ep 130:
How to Succeed at Every Stage of Your Lean Journey
Guest: Greg Williams
Greg is Chair Elect of AME and Director of Enterprise Excellence at Aera Energy LLC. Greg shared some of the stories and valuable wisdom he’s accumulated from his impressive lean background.
New Blog Posts
For Continuous Improvement, Think Like a Child
by Jon Miller
Jon explains how child-like thinking can improve your understanding of lean.
Designing a Lean Home
by Kevin Meyer
Kevin explains what goes into designing a lean home.
If Not You, Who?
by Ron Pereira
Ron explains how two powerful questions reflect the urgency and importance of continuous improvement.
Lean Lessons from Tough Mudder
by Steve Kane
Steve explains what it's like to participate in a Tough Mudder, and how it relates to lean.
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Customer Success Corner

Increase continuous improvement momentum by sharing and celebrating accomplishments. Dedicate time to have team members at all levels present their improvements to others in the organization. This can be done in simple report outs to everyone in the facility once a quarter or so.

Some Gemba Academy customers use technology platforms like Yammer to share ideas and celebrate achievements between teams and sites. This is a great way to foster community within your organization.

Steve Kane
Director of Customer Success
Upcoming events that you might be interested in.
Value Stream Mapping Boot Camp
"Flipped" workshop from AME and Gemba Academy

Gemba Academy is excited to partner with the Association for Manufacturing Excellence to bring you an innovative "flipped workshop!"

Part 1: One hour webinar on November 15th to introduce the workshop.

Part 2: Self-paced pre-work including online Gemba Academy videos.

Part 3: One day hands-on workshop on December 8th at Charles Pankow Builders in Oakland, CA.

The concept is similar to the "flipped classroom" being tried in many schools, where the knowledge learning happens individually, then the group gets together to apply and discuss the new knowledge.

Click here for more information and to register.

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