I love to concept of the Gemba Mat… a place and a process to observe value creating activities… and presumably, wastes.
The method is beautifully simple, low-cost and something I think could be used in just about any setting, not just manufacturing environments. This is how it works:
- The whole process takes 60 minutes;
- The observers find a good spot, and place the Gemba Mat on the ground;
- The observers then stand on the mat and observe what is happening in the process or activity in front of them;
- To help with the observations there are some prompts on the…
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