• Australia
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Mexico
  • Norway
  • Peru
  • Russia
  • South Africa
  • Switzerland
  • UK

2019 LCI Congress Call for Gemba Sites

Host a Gemba Walk at the 2019 LCI Congress!

Fort Worth, Texas

Will your company have an active construction site, manufacturing site, office space or Big Room, near Fort Worth, Texas on Friday, Oct. 18 or know a company that will? If so, submit a Gemba Walk application below to be considered to host LCI Congress attendees at your site!

Preference will be given to:

  • Sites featuring Lean practices in action
  • Sites within a 45-minute drive from the Fort Worth Convention Center at 1201 Houston Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102
  • Sites with LCI corporate member involvement

Note: Attendees must wear closed-toe shoes. Hosts will provide PPE (personal protective equipment).

What is Gemba Day at LCI Congress?

LCI Congress will end with a trip to Gemba, or the place of real work, to provide attendees with the opportunity to apply what they learn during Congress week. A Gemba Walk is a visual and purposeful walk at the source of work with a goal to see and thoroughly understand front-line work processes. Each Gemba Walk will have at least one coach with experience practicing Lean to lead the tour and facilitate discussion as well as a site point of contact to ride the bus to and from the site. Recent Gemba Walk coaches have said they benefited from the participants’ observations and suggested process improvements as much as the participants benefit from seeing and engaging in discussion!

Gemba Walk schedule on Friday, Oct. 18
  • Breakfast at the Fort Worth Convention Center at 7:00 a.m. CST
  • Buses depart from the Convention Center at 8:00 a.m. CST
  • Gemba Walk – approx. 60 minutes
  • Buses return to Convention Center by 11:30 a.m. CST
Gemba Walk FAQs:

These are the types of questions participants may ask the Gemba hosts/guides.

  1. How are processes are going in general? (DOWNTIME wastes, TIMMESS workplace conditions, Lean process practices, 5S practices, etc.)
  2. Are customers getting what they need and are suppliers giving what is needed? Are hand-offs clear and efficient?
  3. Does your team use performance indicators on communication boards or in other visual ways such as a pull plan, 6WLA, logs, story pole, etc. What are they telling us about your team’s continuous improvement opportunities?
  4. Describe project team collaboration practices such as huddles, Big Room, etc. Are they quick and effective? A good use of time?
  5. Is there waste around information availability for safe, productive, quality work and timely project decisions? What causes the waste and how can you improve?
  6. What are your lessons learned and how are they shared across the team?

Call for Gemba submission deadline: April 5, 2019

  • Please enter a number from 20 to 50.


Thank you for your interest in leading a Gemba Walk at 2019 LCI Congress! We hope you take advantage of this opportunity to show off your team’s hard work to a group of appreciative practitioners seeking to both learn and think critically about value-added work.