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GA 401 | Continuous Improvement and the Future of Industry 4.0 with Juan Gomez

By Jessica Bush Updated on December 9th, 2021

This week’s guest is Juan Gomez. Juan has an impressive continuous improvement background and a real passion for Industry 4.0. He and Ron talked about the history of industrialization, how we’ll adapt moving forwards, and more. An MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you’ll learn: 

  • Juan’s favorite quote (2:56)
  • Juan’s background (6:24)
  • About the history of industrialization (8:27)
  • What Industry 4.0 is (10:40)
  • Ron’s concerns with Industry 4.0 (12:39)
  • How Juan sees things playing out (16:45)
  • Why and how we will adjust to new technology (18:12)
  • How it’ll affect unemployment (20:58)
  • How this will affect continuous improvement (22:35)
  • Advice for those interested in Industry 4.0 (28:14)
  • About the Digital CI Workshop (30:15)

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What Do You Think?

What are your thoughts on Industry 4.0? Are you apprehensive at all?

  1. Juan Gomez

    December 9, 2021 - 10:27 am

    I had so much fun producing this podcast with my friend Ron Pereira. Please enter your feedback below and let’s start a conversation.

  2. Kevin Williams

    December 10, 2021 - 3:44 pm

    Hey Juan,
    Really good to hear from you and hear someone discuss CI as it relates to RPA. I have had many conversations with RPA architects, developers as well as leaders in this space and so many seem to think that a process that is already “Jacked” will miraculously work flawlessly if they apply automation to it. But the irony is that that many CI folks are reluctant to stand their ground due in part of lack of knowledge or even understanding the evolution of our craft. So again it’s been some time since I last saw you but happy you are healthy and well and again, thanks for addressing this new peeve of mine. Be well.

    • Juan Gomez

      December 14, 2021 - 4:52 pm

      Hey Kevin, I am glad hearing from you again too.
      Agree with what you say.
      Unfortunately, some business leaders still think that there are quick fixes for their process brokenness.
      In general, most people yearn for the quick fix, the fast-track approach, the shortcut.

      Two centuries ago, people wandering towns selling snake oil as a panacea for every ailment was common. That posture unfortunately still lives in some leaders. “Betting the house” with “technology fixes” that promises to “Fix It All”, without the careful an often-tedious work of understanding and optimizing those processes, is rare to see.

      I hope we can be a force of change in this Paradigm.

  3. Ivan Sanchez

    December 11, 2021 - 2:18 pm

    Great orientation for CI practitioner to make the transition to Industry 4.0

    • Juan Gomez

      December 14, 2021 - 4:41 pm

      Thank you Ivan for your encouraging comments.

  4. Tyrus Royal

    December 18, 2021 - 5:20 pm

    Juan and Ron,
    Great conversation on the importance of staying true to our Continuous Improvement principles, but adapting and evolving to the ever changing technological landscape. Waste exists everywhere – and automating wasteful, inefficient processes actually causes more harm than good.

    Best regards.

    • Juan Gomez

      December 22, 2021 - 4:31 pm

      Thank you Tyrus for comments.

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