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Song: Gemba Claus is Comin’ to Town!

by Mark Graban on December 23, 2009 · 11 comments

santa 150x150 Song: Gemba Claus is Comin to Town! leanHere’s a holiday treat for my regular Lean Blog readers and podcast listeners, a song parody, “Gemba Claus is Comin’ to Town.” Press play in the embedded player below:

Gemba Claus is Comin’ to Town

Lyrics by Mark Graban
Performance by Steve Sholtes

Oh, you’d better watch out
You’d better kaizen
You’d better not pout, I’m tellin’ ya then
Gemba Claus is comin’ to town

He’s making a list
Just checking it once
Doin’ it twice would waste a 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 do SMED  for goodness sake

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

For voiceover work, music, or more, you can contact Steve via his website, www.stevesholtes.com.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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Mark Graban 2011 Smaller Song: Gemba Claus is Comin to Town! leanAbout LeanBlog.org: Mark Graban is a consultant, author, and speaker in the “lean healthcare” methodology. Mark is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as the new Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. Mark is also the VP of Innovation and Improvement Services for KaiNexus.

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1 Dean Bliss December 23, 2009 at 9:30 am

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


2 Chris Weisbrod December 23, 2009 at 9:34 am

Funny stuff Mark, Happy Holidays!


3 Mark Graban
December 23, 2009 at 9:37 am

Dean, I hope you mean me, not Steve!


4 Tim McMahon December 23, 2009 at 9:44 am

That was very creative. Nice job.


5 Muthuvelan ST December 23, 2009 at 10:58 am

Good one Mark! We need more :)


6 Jamie Flinchbaugh
December 23, 2009 at 12:56 pm

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


7 Lee December 20, 2013 at 7:11 pm

thanks for sharing 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)

Down the chimney our Sensei came with a Splat!

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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