I’m Leaving on a Jet Plane!

By Ron Pereira Updated on March 18th, 2008

jke_3.jpgIt seems like only yesterday I first announced I was headed to Japan.  Well, time definitely flies.  This Saturday I am headed East to visit the best of the best as I join Gemba Research on their Japanese Kaikaku Experience.

It’s hard to describe in words just how excited I am.  I have wanted to make this trip for years.  And finally, God willing and weather permitting (we were pummeled with snow today here in Texas), I will be able to check off one of things on my “man I’d like to do that” list.

There are so many things I want to see and learn while visiting these lean manufacturing giants.  Of course I want to see various forms of kanban in action along with one piece flow production.  But I also want to understand how employees are respected and encouraged to offer suggestions.  In short, I want to be truly inspired!

I will do my best to offer frequent updates via the blog while over there.  However, based on the busy schedule we have there may not be a lot of spare time!  But I will do my very best. 

If there is anything you would like me to watch out for or ask while in Japan please let me know by leaving a comment below. 

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  1. Tom J.

    March 7, 2008 - 8:52 am

    I would be very interested to see pictures of standard work at the various plants you visit. I am trying to implement this in my factory and would like to see how the best do it. Have fun Ron!

  2. Marcel Perry

    March 7, 2008 - 9:05 am

    Have a great time in Japan. I am envious. If you are in position I would be interested to hear how a Japanese manager comments on the “death from overwork” issues the press has been talking about lately.

  3. Ron Pereira

    March 7, 2008 - 8:15 pm

    Hi Tom and Marcel, thanks for the comments. I will see what I can find out while on the trip. Stay tuned!

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