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Gemba is a Japanese term that translates to the “real place” or where the work takes place. “Going to Gemba” is a philosophy that instructs management to spend time where real work occurs in order to build profound knowledge of the process.

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Tracy O'Rourke

Tracy is a Managing Partner at, the co-author of The Problem-Solver’s Toolkit and co-host of the Just-in-Time Cafe. She is also a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Instructor at UC San Diego and teaches in San Diego State University’s Lean Enterprise Program. For almost 20 years, she has helped leading organizations like Washington State, Charles Schwab and GE build problem-solving muscles.