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What is Yokoten & Why Don’t Most Companies Use it?

What is Yokoten & Why Don’t Most Companies Use it?

When it comes to safe and efficient operation of a workplace, most people are used to reading Japanese terms like Kaizen, Gemba, Gembutsu, Kanban, and more. Many companies, however, overlook the term Yokoten, and the many benefits it can bring. Barry Jeffrey posted an interesting article to the LinkedIn Group, “Gemba Academy,” where it generated

Genchi Genbutsu

Genchi Genbutsu

The term Genchi Genbutsu is Japanese in origin and came from the Toyota Production System, which is where methodologies like Lean manufacturing originated. Loosely translated the term means, “go and see.” When used in a workplace, it is usually said to imply that when there is a problem in the facility, the best thing you

Gemba in the Office

Gemba in the Office

How to Gemba in the Office Many companies today use the concept of gemba to help identify areas within a manufacturing facility where improvements in efficiency can be made. The term gemba is Japanese in origin and means, “the real place.” When used in the context of manufacturing or business, this typically refers to the

Gemba Walk for Manufacturing

Gemba Walk for Manufacturing

Introducing Gemba Walk in a Manufacturing Environment Gemba walks are becoming a very popular and effective way for facility management and other key areas to learn more about what goes on within the facility. Gemba, which simply means ‘the real place’ or ‘where the action is’ shows those who don’t normally do a specific task how

8 Great Ways to Eliminate the Gemba 7 Wastes

8 Great Ways to Eliminate the Gemba 7 Wastes

Identify the Gemba 7 Wastes When you are attempting to operate a lean facility, you should always be focused on eliminating waste wherever possible. One of the best ways to do this is by learning about the Gemba process. Gemba, which is a Japanese term that means ‘the real place’ is an idea that essentially

Introduction to the Gemba Walk

Introduction to the Gemba Walk

Business leaders in virtually all industries today are looking for ways to make improvements in the way their company runs. There are many types of improvement opportunities available, including efficiency improvements, safety improvements, or improvements to virtually any other aspect of the company. With so much global competition existing today, if a company is not

PDCA: How Can this Tool Help You?

PDCA: How Can this Tool Help You?

You may have heard of PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act), but how much do your really know and understand about it? Have you tried using this method in the past? Was it successful? If it wasn’t successful, what may have contributed towards its ineffectiveness? These are some questions you should ask yourself before making a true, valiant effort

Does Lean Mean “Easy and Simple”?

Does Lean Mean “Easy and Simple”?

Mark Hamel’s Gemba Tales blog is one website to which I continually return.  Hamel is an accomplished fellow, and that comes through in his writing.  Without sounding haughty or pompous, Hamel can throw real-world examples into his posts, and the reader will come away with something they didn’t know before. So, when he was writing

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