What is it all about? This includes improving the 'status quo' Today, no-one can afford to rest on their laurels, and we are all striving for improvement. The illustration left depicts the typical approach to improvement. We traditionally rely on innovation to achieve results — new products, new processes, new equipment. If, on the other hand, we start by making best use of what we already have, in terms of our human and physical resources, we are simply leveling up on best practice. Expectations are first made explicit e.

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Who are we? Real-World practitioners of GK. Genba Kanri: an Overview. Please click on the underlined words for a brief explanation. What is it all about? Usually translated as 'Workshop Management' The system by which standards for running the day-to-day business are established, maintained, controlled and improved.

What are the benefits? Genba Kanri Principles. GK integrates and aligns the many approaches used in shop-floor management. Through the establishment of common values, all become committed and empowered to implement change.

Genba Kanri Systems. The inter-relationships of the various tools and techniques for effective management of people, products, processes in order to achieve Quality, Cost and Delivery requirements. TQM Approach. Education in tools and techniques for defining, measuring and controlling what is required; developing the competencies to achieve 'first time quality' more effectively.

JIT Approach. Draining waste and obstacles from the system in order to provide what is wanted, when it is wanted - no more; no less. TPM Approach. The web site dedicated to improving manufacturing competitiveness.


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For e. If you go to the gym and work on various methodologies, of course you are able to lose weight. But what would you do to maintain this weight lost? What happens after you have lost weight? So DWM talks about standardization, it talks about how to maintain the improved state.


Introduction to the Concept of Gemba Kaizen

If managing people were as easy as rocket science I am sure a rocket scientist would have figured it out by now. Groups of people tend to behave in non-linear and unpredictable ways. Fortunately we have learned a lot since the early days of Peter Drucker establishing management as a modern theory and practice. The Japanese were especially avid students of Drucker and created many unique management systems by building on ideas of others such as Drucker and Deming.


6 – The Gemba Kanri

Insight and Inspiration for Process Professionals. Gemba Kaizen is a Japanese concept of continuous improvement designed for enhancing processes and reducing waste. Within a lean context, Gemba simply refers to the location where value is created, while Kaizen relates to improvements. However, the concept of Gemba Kaizen holds many more meanings than its literal translation.


Japanese detectives call the crime scene genba, and Japanese TV reporters may refer to themselves as reporting from genba. In business, genba refers to the place where value is created; in manufacturing the genba is the factory floor. It can be any "site" such as a construction site, sales floor or where the service provider interacts directly with the customer. In lean manufacturing , the idea of genba is that the problems are visible, and the best improvement ideas will come from going to the genba.

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