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No, they are two different things. A Huddle Meeting is usually conducted with a group of people reporting to one supervisor or manager. Huddles are organized by functional reporting relationships to discuss yesterday’s teams’ productivity, goals and/or possible improvement opportunities. Gemba Walks can involve cross-functional groups or people, and the goal is to understand the current state of the process.

Tracy O'Rourke

Tracy is a Managing Partner & Executive Advisor at GoLeanSixSigma.com. She is also a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Instructor at University of California 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.