What is a Gemba Walk in Manufacturing?

A gemba walk is a workplace walkthrough that observes workers, how they carry out tasks, and identifies areas for improvement. It stems from the Japanese word Gemba, or the “real place” — the area where the actual work takes place.

Ultimately, a gemba walk in manufacturing is a powerful lean manufacturing approach to cut waste and promote continuous worker and machinery improvement.

Learn more about the key elements of a gemba walk and how to conduct one: