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Gemba Kaizen: A Commonsense, Low-Cost Approach to Management

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  451 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Successful executives must learn to apply the concept of kaizen, which mean making simple, common-sense improvements and refinements to critical business processes. The result: greater productivity, quality, and profits achieved with minimal cost, time, and effort invested.
Hardcover, 342 pages
Published March 1st 1997 by McGraw-Hill
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Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
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This was a very easy read, and a good introduction to understanding the need for continual improvement.

I'd like to give it to many people in my company.

The last half of the book is filled with case studies. It seemed that only 2 or three seemed directly applicable to my work, but most did have a least one or two ideas or examples that were general enough to be applicable. The use cases were a bit repetitive, but I suppose that this repetitiveness helps in burning the concepts into your mind.

Jesse Ofner
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What blew my mind was the lean and the ideas associated with Japanese manufacturing are American inventions.
Scott J Pearson
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book’s interesting title spawns from the Japanese language, which serves as the nomenclature for the essential concepts conveyed in this text. This book communicates the concept of management which grew out of Japan, was popularized in the 1980s, and served as the philosophy for companies like Toyota. Management texts like this and Deming’s famous fourteen points taught and continue to teach the international business community about running better businesses.

The philosophy of this work is
Sebastian Gebski
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4-4.5 stars
It's a very clear depiction of both concepts: gemba gembutsu & kaizen.

Very structured, directly referring to whole knowledge base accumulated by kaizen practitioners across Japanese industry leader companies - though very credible. It's focus on typical production companies (as kaizen originated there), but 80-90% of ideas can be directly applied in other industries as well.

Why not 5 stars then? Because it's a rating of a book, not of a method. Book itself is very dry, even with
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the Kaizen approach to work and life.
Brian Sheets
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: business
Excellent overview of how to address manufacturing issues at their point of origin. Excellent book to read in conjunction with "Kaizan" methodology.
Ricardo Ribeiro
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book to people that want to take a general view of the Kaizen System. I recommend this book to be part as your work shelf
Aditya Kalia
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good book on understanding the basic principles of Lean, Six Sigma, and how to apply them in the workplace.
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Oct 06, 2019 rated it liked it
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Angela Alfonso
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Nhân Vũ
Jan 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
This books give you a good introduction into Kaizen and the results when you apply it into your organization. With all the different case studies (Kaizen stories) as a reader I can see how different industries can take advantage of Kaizen. I recommend every upper management to read this to change the perspective towards the way work is handled, people are treated and profit maximization.
Mark John Buenconsejo
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A good place to start when learning about the Kaizen philosophy. It's top level, and does not go deep on the processes, though i think each of them deserves their own book.

I highly recommend, and i believe the ideas are applicable in all kinds of businesses and situations. Even for maintaining a kaizen way of life. :)
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Good book. Easy to read & understand. Presents the basic principles of Kaizen (Rapid Improvement Events) & how to apply LEAN SIX-SIGMA in any area: manufacturing, healthcare, education & other areas. Gemba Kaizen is constant improvement & learning to learn! Develops self-disciplined employees, engaged management at all levels & increased productivity. Read it. It will change the way you think.
Alex Devero
Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: business
Gemba Kaizen is driven by constant improvement and self-disciplined employees, with managers engaged at all levels of the workplace. Through a handful of simple, common-sense techniques, you can use Kaizen philosophy within your company to streamline, revolutionize and thrive.
Good stuff; lots of case studies, but heavy going in places.
Mike Thelen
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Imai was one of the original thinkers. Both Kaizen and Gemba Kaizen are great additions to any lean library.
Writing is highest quality, however, I expected more to be revealed.
May 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The part of it that doesn't read like an advertisement for their seminars is really useful. that's about 50% of the book, for those keeping track.
Mar 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyable
Bob Gao
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best in book in continuous improvement

It is the Bible of continuous improvement with very good Theory and case study.
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Dec 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Strive for constant improvement
Brigt Nersveen
Another good about Kaizen and Lean. Glad to pick up some new terms and concepts I did not know about (4M and 3P). Recomended!
Feb 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: management
Great stuff, now let's see you implement it.
Marcelo Melo
Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Increasing productivity does not mean increasing the workload but rather providing the better working conditions with discipline and cleanliness"
Daniel Mtz
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great book snd easy to read. Presents the basic principles of Gemba Kaisen as a philosophy with simple and practical applications to anyone in industry, academia, and even at a personal level.
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Management Guru, Kaizen Pioneer, Founder of Kaizen Institutex

Masaaki Imai is the Founder of Kaizen Institute which was established in Switzerland in 1985 to help companies implement the practice of kaizen and the various systems and tools known today as Lean Management. Today Kaizen Institute Consulting Group (KICG) is the leading global operational excellence consultancy with over 400
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“Hence the five golden rules of gemba management: 1. When a problem (abnormality) arises, go to the gemba first. 2. Check the gembutsu (“relevant objects”). 3. Take temporary countermeasures on the spot. 4. Find the root cause. 5. Standardize to prevent recurrence. Go” 0 likes
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