Song: Gemba Claus is Comin' to Town!


Here's a holiday treat for my regular Lean 新利备用网址Blog readers andpodcastlisteners,a song parody,originally released back in 2009:

"Gemba Claus is Comin' to Town"

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Gemba Claus is Comin' to Town

Lyrics by新利18网新利18网址址Mark Graban
Performance bySteve Sholtes

Oh,you'd better watch out
You'd betterkaizen
You'd better not pout,I'm tellin' ya then
GembaClaus is comin' to town

He's making a list
Just checking it once
Doin' it twice wouldwastea whole bunch
Gemba Clause is comin' to town

He sees you when you're waitin'
He knows when your work flows
He knows if changeovers are too long
So doSMEDfor goodness sake

Oh,you'd watch out
You'd better not pause
You'd better not pout
Find the realroot cause
Gemba Claus is comin' to Town!

For voiceover work,music,or more,you can contact Steve via his website,

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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新利18网新利18网址址Mark Grabanis an internationally-recognizedconsultant,author,andprofessional speakerwho has worked in healthcare,manufacturing,and startups.His latest book isMeasures of Success: React Less,Lead Better,Improve More.He is author of the Shingo Award-winning booksLean HospitalsandHealthcare Kaizen,as well asThe Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen.He also published the anthologyPracticing Leanthat benefits theLouise H.Batz Patient Safety Foundation,where 新利18网址Mark is a board member.新利18网址Mark is also aSenior Advisorto the technology companyKaiNexus.

  1. Dean Blisssays

    Not bad,but don't quit your day job.:)

  2. Funny stuff 新利18网址Mark,Happy Holidays!

  3. Dean,I hope you mean me,not Steve!

  4. That was very creative.Nice job.

  5. Muthuvelan STsays

    Good one 新利18网址Mark!We need more :)

  6. Start your day with a bit of Irish coffee,huh?

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  11. Leesays

    thanks for sharing 新利18网址Mark.Here is one written by Dr.Fine at Group Health.

    A Lean Christmas

    T'was the night before Christmas,and down on The Gemba

    Group Health is Leaner than we ever rememba

    Our leaders are nestled all snug in their beds

    While visions of Standard Work dance through their heads

    Dyad partner and I Huddle daily to Fish

    Continuous Improvement our big holiday wish.

    We'd just settled our brains for some real A3 Thinking


    From an RPIW there arose such a clatter

    (We wish they'd produce more ideas and less chatter)

    We flew like a flash to the latest Report-0ut

    To see what new work we'd now have to sort out

    What to our wondering eyes did appear

    But a Pacesetting Sensei—without one reindeer!

    Our Sensei was ever so lively and quick

    But he surely was nothing like good old St.Nick

    He made us feel Leaner than ever before

    He whistled and shouted Lean teachings galore:

    "Now Kaizen,now Kanban

    Now Value Stream Mapping

    On Muda and Mura

    And Minimal Staffing!"

    To the top of the Hedis score GHP will be shining

    Our Dashboard tachometers will all be red-lining!

    And then in a twinkling (even faster than that)


    He was dressed all in saffron from his cowel to his sandels

    He leaned on a cane of Toyotabrake handles

    A bundle of Lean tools was flung on his back

    An Air Traffic Controller and Lean maniac!

    His 5-Whys—how they sparkled!His A3—how downtown!

    His 5S was 3 Actuals walking fast from a Burndown!

    He had a Lean face and a sunken in belly

    When he laughed nothing shook like a bowlful of jelly

    He was,nonetheless,a right jolly old fox

    As Level as any Heijunka Box

    He spoke not a word,but went straight to his work

    And pulled on that ol' Andon Cord with a jerk!

    Outcome Measured Production then ground to a halt

    That cord-pulling Sensei was sure worth his salt

    Then,laying his finger aside of his nose

    It was Just in Time—up the chimney he rose

    And I heard him exclaim as he Process Walked out of sight

    "Our Fat Years** are over—the Lean start tonight!"

    Copyright Alan Fine,MD,2010

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