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Episode 08
Gemba + Auditing = GembAuditing
Perform both gemba walks and internal audits—at the same time!

This video is part 2 of 2 of the set:  Leadership Through Gemba Walking

Video Length:
28 min

“Genchi genbutsu” (the longer, more specific definition of “gemba”) means “going to the place to understand the situation”.  That could easily be the definition of an internal quality audit.  Yet, “gemba” is a “lean thing” and internal auditing is a “quality or ISO thing” and so are treated separately, which is wasteful.  Learn how to combine the best of each process and eliminate the redundant waste by conducting “GembAudits”.


  • Introduction  (1:55 min)
  • The problem with internal audits  (2:46 min)
  • The proper way to look at internal audits  (2:47 min)
  • The meaning of: gemba + auditing = gembauditing  (8:29 min)
  • How to see the eight process wastes  (4:28 min)
  • How to audit for effectiveness  (2:18 min)
  • The relationship between internal audits and the fifth S of 5S  (3:35 min)
  • Continuous improvement of the gembauditor skill set  (0:52 min)
  • Closing thoughts  (0:40 min)

Primary Audience

  • Supervisors
  • Team Leaders
  • Internal Auditors
  • ISO Representatives
  • Quality Managers

Secondary Audience

  • Top Management
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