Welcome to the Gemba Academy Newsletter!

We've just released two new video series: Workplace Visualization in the School of Lean and Transforming Your Value Streams in Gemba Academy Español.

New podcast and blog post topics over the past month include TWI, lean in finance, collaboration, productivity, and even how to learn while playing in the mud.

As we approach the end of the year it's time to start planning for 2017. How can Gemba Academy support your continuous improvement efforts?

New Videos
Workplace Visualization
School of Lean

In this School of Lean course we explore the topic of Workplace Visualization, or Visual Management as it's sometimes called.

Specifically, we explore what visualization is, why it's such an important aspect of the broader lean management, and how to go about bringing the concept of visuality to your workplace. Finally, we'll also visit some companies to see how they're leveraging these very principles in their offices and shop floors.

The first video of all courses can be viewed without registration. Not a subscriber? Sign up for a Free Preview!

Transforming Your Value Streams - in Spanish!
Gemba Academy Español

We continue to add courses to our Gemba Academy Español! We began with 5S, then added The Seven Deadly Wastes, and now we are very excited to be releasing the next course, Transforming Your Value Streams!

The next Spanish course we'll add will be Practical Problem Solving.

Do you already subscribe to Gemba Academy? Contact us today for a free extended trial of Gemba Academy Español.

New Podcasts
Ep 137:
How to Approach TWI
Guest: Roger Bilas
Roger Bilas is a lean practitioner who specializes in TWI. Ron and Roger discuss the three components of TWI, the order they should be learned in, and more.
Ep 136:
How to Create Value
Guest: Michael Mindes
Michael Mindes is Founder and CEO of Tasty Minstrel Games. Michael shares his experiences with lean thus far, and how he applies what he learns to his business.
Ep 135:
Lessons Learned in the Mud
Guest: Steve Kane
Steve Kane is Gemba Academy's Director of Customer Success. Steve recently participated in a Tough Mudder challenge and learned some lessons that have great applications to lean.
Ep 134:
How to Apply Lean to Finance
Guest: Tiago Salgado
Tiago Salgado is a lean practitioner from Portugal. Ron and Tiago talk about the intersection of lean and finance, and about Tiago’s personal lean journey.
New Blog Posts
Appreciation of a System
by Jon Miller
Jon breaks down how scientist Alexander von Humboldt introduced us to systems.
The Pursuit of Perfection
by Kevin Meyer
Kevin explores the concept of perfection, including how and why we work towards it.
Two Productivity Hacks Worth Trying
by Ron Pereira
Ron shares two of his favorite productivity hacks.
Lean Virtual Collaboration
by Steve Kane
Steve explains why even the smallest improvements matter.
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Customer Success Corner

Effectively onboarding new employees is essential in setting expectations for both the employer and employee. Safety and company policies are common onboarding topics.

Consider training all new employees in foundational Lean concepts within the first few days of starting with the organization. This is the time people are most receptive to new ideas. New eyes are able to see waste and problems that more experienced associates might not.

Lean onboarding also demonstrates to the new associate that continuous improvement is an important part of both the organization's operating system and each associate's job.

Steve Kane
Director of Customer Success
Upcoming events that you might be interested in.
Kata & TWI Summits
21-22 February, San Diego, California

Next year Lean Frontiers will hold its Kata and TWI Summits together in San Diego. Attend one or both!

Here’s your chance to connect or reconnect with the rapidly growing world of Improvement Kata and TWI. The Summits emphasize experiential learning so practitioners, trainers and consultants can integrate practice into their teams and organizations. This conference goes beyond concepts by equipping attendees to train and practice at home.

Use code "Gemba" to receive 10% off!

Click here for more information and to register.

OpEx Week: Business Transformation Summit
23-27 January - Orlando, Florida

OPEX Week is the #1 Global OPEX gathering, with an agenda which boasts 21 new workshops, 12 new tracks, 24 Interactive Discussion Groups (IDGs) and will feature 100+ value-led sessions covering 10 forward thinking themes including: Business Transformation, Customer Centricity, OPEX 2.0, Innovation, RPA&I, Data Analytics, Agile, Leadership and Culture.

Use code "VIP_Gemba" to receive an extra 20% off!

Click here for more information and to register.

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