Will we see you at the world's largest lean conference, the AME Annual Conference, this October? Once again we'll be hosting a networking cocktail party. More information.

New Videos
New Videos: TWI - JI/JR/JM
School of Lean

To simplify access to Gemba Academy's various Training Within Industry (TWI) resources we just created a new TWI page.

This page has links to:

  • Five video courses on Job Instruction (JI), Job Relations (JR), and Job Methods (JM)
  • TWI Overviews
  • TWI podcasts and blog posts
  • Gemba Academy Live! episodes at companies using TWI
  • Videos from the TWI Summit
  • Links to events like the Lean Frontiers TWI Summit

TWI has the potential to revolutionize how you train your organization!

New Spanish Course: TPM
Gemba Academy Español

Our TPM (Total Productive Maintenance) course, presented entirely in Spanish, is now available as part of our Escuela Lean!

In this course we explain what TPM is, while also covering important topics such as the 6 Big Losses and how to measure them using the extremely powerful Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) metric.

Our upcoming courses include Quick Changeover and Hoshin Planning, so we invite you to stay in touch with us.

New Podcasts
Ep 228:
How to Apply Lean to Architecture & Engineering
Guest: Kurt Neubek
Kurt explains how he and his organization use continuous improvement.
Ep 227:
How to Leverage Lean in Banking
Guest: Danny Conroy and Daniel Lichty
Danny and Daniel break down how they apply lean to banking, specifically the mortgage process.
Ep 226:
How to Practice Lean in the UAE
Guest: Dan Whittaker
Dan shares stories from his time in Formula 1, and from practicing lean in the UAE.
Ep 225:
How to Create a Strategy Execution Plan
Guest: David Asher
Our newest Gemba Academy team member David stresses the importance of having a Strategy Execution Plan.
New Blog Posts
Why Do We Need to Set a Hypothesis?
by Jon Miller
Jon explains the role and value of hypotheses.
When Noise Masks the Problem
by Kevin Meyer
Kevin explains how to uncover problems that might otherwise remain hidden.
Unlocking the Power of Continuous Improvement
by Ron Pereira
Ron explains how the key to real, significant change lies in scientific thinking.
You Want Me to Do What!?!
by Steve Kane
Steve shares one of the common barriers to improvement.
Customer Success Corner

Strategic planning is an important part of running any organization at any level. Understanding the vision and direction of the organization is essential. Aligning the roles and responsibilities throughout the organization with that direction is a challenge. Strategic plans need to be flexible and updated to the ever-changing current state frequently. Ideally, everyone in the organization understands how they are contributing to the organization's goals. Strategic plans:

  1. Set the direction of the organization
  2. Establish long-term goals and intermediate milestones at each level of the organization
  3. Are collaborative
  4. Are flexible
  5. Are iterative

Execution of the plan at all levels involves:

  1. Understanding the greater overall goal or challenge
  2. Clearly defines the current condition
  3. Sets the next target condition or milestone
  4. Experimentation toward the target

It's a process.To learn more, take a look at our Hoshin Planning Course and our Toyota Kata: Practice Makes Progress Course.

Steve Kane
Director of Customer Success
Upcoming events that you might be interested in.
AME International Conference
29 October - 1 November, San Diego

This year's AME conference, the largest lean conference in the world, will be in San Diego the last week of October.

Once again we'll be hosting a networking cocktail party (with no sales pitch!) on Tuesday evening, October 30th.

Use discount code GEMBA10 to save 10% on the conference registration!

Lean Accounting & Management Summit
20-21 September 2018 - Jekyll Island, Georgia

The Lean Accounting Summit has long served the accounting community by exploring accounting’s role in measuring and motivating the lean enterprise. The goal of this Summit has been to better align Accounting with Operations inside of an organization. We’ve taken this one step further by intentionally bringing in a mix of Management-related topics that are outside of accounting directly, but closely connected to accounting.

More information

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