Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Gemba

Gemba : In Japanese refer to the place where an event happen. The term can be easily understood if translated into Chinese or Kanji.

Gemba : 现场

I always believe Gemba visit is an effective way for root cause finding. To understand a problem, engineers must jump into the site when doing root cause finding for the problem, by then only he can fully understand the impact of the problem to others and propose precise corrective action.

I like to carry out Gemba walk when I have project activities executing in the production floor. I do believe this is the only way to get first hand information and react accordingly when something went wrong.

Gemba walk is easy, you no need any special tool. What you need is your initiative to walk into the site to have a personal feel of a working condition that other person is facing. By then, only you know what actually went wrong, how serious the problem and the impact to others.

Sound simple isn’t it ? but in reality, how many of us really like it or practicing ?

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Why ???

Why do it this way...
If you have a chance to simplify your process in this way ?

A Simple Change

This is the outcome of the Gemba walk I have in one of the production floor. Red color line indicates the material flow from one process station to another. Don’t be surprise, peoples working in the production floor has been living in such production floor plan for several years and they don’t see any problem with it.



They can make their process flow leaner if they willing to change. I do send out my proposal as below. Hopefully they will accept.