Manufacturing

Lean Tools 101: Gemba: Go and See Leadership

Posted by on Oct 16, 2012 in Manufacturing, Workplace Culture | 2 comments

At the very end of a video I found recently about Leadership, a random Chicagoan interviewed on the street rhymes off some really good advice: “Get off your butt.  Don’t sit at your desk all day.  Go out in the factory and talk to the people. ” As it happens this is also a Lean concept.  This simple idea has a Japanese term:  gemba, which derives from the term for ‘the real place’.  It’s where the real action happens. The Gemba walk is related to another practice called ‘Management by Wandering Around‘ (which is exactly what it sounds...

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I’m from Walkerton

Posted by on Aug 31, 2012 in Continuous Improvement, Disaster Prevention, Manufacturing, Problem-solving, Root Cause Analysis | 0 comments

I’m from Walkerton

…and if you’re Canadian you probably know what that means. Don’t drink the water eh? Well, yeah. Except it’s been nearly 13 years since the outbreak (of E coli from an improperly fixed well, a massive rain storm and a tangle of factors including insufficient chlorination of the water that killed 7 people and sickened some 2,300 – for those just tuning in). I haven’t found a cheerful way to spin the subject yet. It was awful and many people still suffer. But I chime in in the hope that it will make us all think about it. The book is closed on the inquiry,...

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