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The Gemba Board is a method of collecting process issues and potential countermeasures that have been uncovered by the people working within the process. Once issues are surfaced they can be assigned to a person, a team or they may become the basis of a Rapid Improvement Event (aka Kaizen). Gemba Boards are also known as “Problem Boards,” “Waste Boards” or “Idea Boards.” The structure can differ but the underlying purpose is to surface and address process problems.

Elisabeth Swan

Elisabeth is a Managing Partner at For over 25 years, she's helped leading organizations like Amazon, Charles Schwab and Starwood Hotels & Resorts build problem-solving muscles with Lean Six Sigma to achieve their goals.

Tracy O'Rourke

Tracy is a Managing Partner at 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.