Lean and the digital factory: is the digital twin the new gemba?

The digital twin is the virtual and digital copy of a factory allowing monitoring, post-mortem analyses, simulations, stress tests, machine learning and much more. As a Lean practitioner having started my Lean experience in the 1980s, I faced the difficulty to get engineers, techs and sometimes foremen to the shopfloor to assess and understand the … Continue reading Lean and the digital factory: is the digital twin the new gemba?

Advertisements

How sound logical thinking improves fishbone diagrams

Fishbone diagram is known by different names: Ishikawa diagram, cause-and-effect analysis or cause-and-effect diagram. Fishbone diagrams are popular on shop floors as they are easy to understand visual tools. The principle of a fishbone diagram is to list all possible causes leading to an effect (usually the problem to solve) and to sort them into … Continue reading How sound logical thinking improves fishbone diagrams

What is Gemba?

Gemba is a Japanese word translated as “actual place” or “real place” that got common to the Lean community lingo and refers to “the place where value is created”. For factory workers Gemba is the shopfloor, while for office workers Gemba is the office, for hospital staff, Gemba is hospital itself and for salesforces Gemba … Continue reading What is Gemba?