Gemba Walk

Presented By:

Mike Wroblewski

Session Description

The Gemba walk is an essential part of lean coaching that gets leaders closer to the actual work to make personal observations, develops your kaizen eyes and engages others in their development of lean thinking.  It is an easy method yet we find it difficult finding time to do one.  Perhaps you lack the confidence of knowledge in how to do a gemba walk.

Coaching using a Gemba Walk requires a prepared coaching plan and the ability to use coaching moments as they appear.  This session will help people with both parts of a gemba walk.  This session will help you understand the importance of gemba walks with hands-on practice of this skill.  Mike will also include many real examples of gemba walking to provide insights on the power of this simple leadership and coaching skill.

Learning Objectives:

In the session you will learn…

  • What is real Gemba walk
  • What are good, basic steps of a gemba walk
  • What should my mindset be and how do I behave on a gemba walk
  • How do I coach while on a gemba walk
  • How to look for coaching moments
  • What you need to do after going on a gemba walk

Facilitator Bio:

Mike Wroblewski, President of Dantotsu Consulting and Shingo Award winning co-author of “Creating a Kaizen Culture”, has over 30 years of manufacturing management experience, strong technical skills and a passion for teaching Kaizen, Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma.

During his career, Mike has held various management and leadership positions including Industrial Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, Manufacturing Manager, Manager of Quality and Continuous Improvement, Director of Operations and Lean Sensei.  Mike’s journey into Lean manufacturing began in the 1985 while working for the Hill-Rom Company.  Under the watchful eye of Shigeo Shingo, Mike successfully improved a die changeover from 45 minutes to less then 5 minutes.  Mike learned first hand from the master, Shigeo Shingo, the techniques of the SMED system along with the early teachings of eliminating waste from manufacturing operations.

Mike has a MS in Manufacturing Management from the GMI Engineering & Management Institute, a BS in Production and Operations Management from Miami University and a Six Sigma Black Belt certification. On the web, Mike is the creator and author for “Got Boondoggle?” blog site featuring insights and practical articles on lean manufacturing and six sigma methodologies.