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In a manufacturing context with many growing industries, it is frequent for factories to add continuous work shifts in order to keep a production pace that answers the growing demand. However, while necessary, these additional work shifts add a level of complexity to the business’s operations workflow. More specifically, operations managers must deal with having […]
Even if a newly promoted manager has technical experience, he can lack management structure. As a result, the manager might forsake essential activities if he continuously reacts to unforeseen issues on the production floor. Not to mention that senior supervisors and newly promoted supervisors will adopt different management behaviours. This situation is especially challenging for […]
Frontline managers are essential to support daily operations. They coordinate shifts and work teams, ensure production planning, prioritize problem-solving and follow action plans with the support groups. Manufacturers that sustain excellent supervision practices get better control over daily operations. Thus, they improve synergy between operators, support groups and top management. Although some supervisors acquire good […]
The daily management of a factory and its operations is full of unexpected events and emergencies. To remain in complete control, each management level wants to anticipate and quickly solve the encountered issues. For some organizations, it can be hard to proactively identify problems, while supporting an internal improvement culture, before the problems negatively impact […]
What is a Gemba Walk Checklist? Gemba Walk checklist is a list of validation points that each team leader must validate with the work units of their department while they execute a Gemba Walk. The checklist consists of questions used to validate pre-established standards and identify discrepancies between them. These checklists must aim to proactively […]
What is a Gemba Walk? In the manufacturing industry, a Gemba Walk is the action of walking around a factory floor where operations take place in order to reduce Waste and improve processes. Managers perform this operational control to identify discordances with the standard and raise issues. A Gemba Walk is a proactive problem-solving practice […]
Gemba walks enable supervisors and managers to detect, solve and transfer issues proactively. Otherwise, these problems impact performance indicators negatively and bring time-consuming activities in the manager’s daily work. One of the causes of a reactive system is managing in a firefighter mode. Why is Measurement Important? The main challenge is to conduct a standard […]
Which Type of Organization? Gemba Walks are a common practice on the production floor in the manufacturing industry. Performed regularly, Gemba Walks are an essential part of operational control and support a strong continuous improvement culture. Ultimately, Gemba Walks are useful for all organizations with the need to detect issues and generate improvement ideas proactively. […]
What to look for in a Gemba Walk App? Gemba Walks are operational control practice that aims to systematically validate standards, identify issues proactively, and generate improvement opportunities. Using the right tool will help supervisors and team leaders adhere to an efficient practice. It also aligns the operational control with the organization’s strategic objectives. Custom validation […]
A Daily Management System, commonly referred to as DMS, is the structure by which organizations conduct operational management to ensure their day-to-day goes as planned and continuously improves. In other words, it encompasses all of the operational control activities, from the factory floor to the highest management levels.
How to implement a systematic Gemba Walk Structure on the factory floor? Checklists, schedule, improvement meetings and more. (+ Free eBook)
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Definition: In the manufacturing world, a Gemba walk is the action of walking around a factory floor performed by management with the goal to identify problems and improvement ideas.