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How to Do a Gemba Walk

February 18, 2016

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    Michael Bremer Michael Bremer

“How to Do a Gemba Walk” by Michael Bremer Receives Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award

Summary: After trained examiners and accomplished business professionals performed a thorough assessment of this work, Michael Bremer has been selected as recipient of an internationally recognized award from the Shingo Institute, part of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business. The author will receive the award at the 28th International Shingo Conference occurring April 25-29, 2016 in Washington DC.

LOGAN, Utah — The Shingo Institute, part of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University, has awarded Michael Bremer with the Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award for his book, “How to Do a Gemba Walk.” Bremer is the executive director of the Chicagoland Lean Enterprise Consortium.

“Receipt of the Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award signifies an author's significant contribution to advancing the body of knowledge regarding enterprise excellence,” said Ken Snyder, executive director of the Shingo Institute.

“How to Do a Gemba Walk” is a ‘how-to’ guidebook that provides leaders with a basic menu of options on ways to perform more effective gemba walks. This e-book is broken into three key segments relative to the walk: preparation prior to the walk, doing the walk, and debrief activities after the walk. The guide describes questions to ask for different types of walks and outlines an approach for leaders seeking to better understand the facts, make better decisions, and build consensus to achieve important goals. A respectful, effective gemba walk builds trust and lays the groundwork for a major transformation. It is amazing what one can learn during an effective gemba walk.

Two-time Shingo Research Award-winning Author, Mark Graban, says, “For all the talk in the lean community about ‘gemba walks’ as a key management method, there's surprisingly not a book that focuses on the details of the approach... until now. Many books (including mine) mention gemba walks and promote them, but the existing books don't often get into much detail. Bremer's book is very practical and has great tips for supervisors, plant managers, visiting executives, and the like.” He continues, “For leaders who ask, ‘I know I should do gemba walks, but I need more detail about HOW to do them’... this book is for you. The book covers the mindsets and philosophies behind this important approach, not just the mechanics.”

By “challenging” or applying for an award, authors invite a group of accomplished professionals and trained examiners from the Shingo Institute to thoroughly review their publications. Shingo examiners select recipients based on a rigorous set of standards.

Bremer will receive the award during the Awards Gala of the 28th International Shingo Conference in Washington D.C. The conference is a five-day event featuring a selection of workshops, plant tours, keynote speakers and breakout sessions designed to provide ongoing knowledge, insights and experience for organizations in pursuit of operational excellence.

About the Shingo Institute

Housed at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University, the Shingo Institute is named after Japanese industrial engineer Shigeo Shingo. Shingo distinguished himself as one of the world’s thought leaders in concepts, management systems and improvement techniques that have become known as the Toyota Business System. Drawing from Shingo’s teachings and years of experience working with organizations throughout the world, the Shingo Institute has developed the Shingo Model™ which is the basis for several educational offerings including workshops, study tours, conferences and the Shingo MBA. It also awards and recognizes organizations that demonstrate an exceptional culture that continually strives for improvement and progress. Those interested in more information or in registering to attend the 30th International Shingo Conference may visit