Ron Pereira

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How do you walk the gemba?

Later this year we’re going to produce a course focused on the gemba walk.  We have lots of ideas of how to approach this course but, like many aspects of lean, if you ask 10 “experts” how to go about the gemba walk you’ll likely get 10 different answers. So,

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The Thinking Rat Race

We’ve recently had some really fun podcast conversations centered around the whole “respect for people” topic. My friend and colleague, Jon Miller, challenged the idea of whether lean is really all about people.  Fellow lean thinker Michael Ballé then joined in on the conversation and while it wasn’t an argument,

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Gemba Academy Enhancements

We’ve recently made some enhancements here at Gemba Academy that I’m pretty excited about. Asset Browser First up is what we’re calling the “Asset Browser.”  While we’re likely best known for videos and other media, like podcasts, we also have hundreds of support documents that can downloaded, printed, etc. In

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Learn, Grow, Share

I had the strangest dream last night.  I don’t normally remember my dreams… but I remember this one.  I was speaking to a man about continuous improvement.  I’m not sure who the man was… but in my dream I seemed to know him.  Anyhow, during our conversation the man told

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The Secret to Your Success in 2018

Did you make a New Year’s resolution?  Come clean.  Did you?  If so, I’m sad to say, you’re probably going to fail.  In fact, University of Scranton research suggests that just 9% of people achieve their New Year’s goals. Sure, these folks probably didn’t make SMART goals meaning they were

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Top 10 Gemba Academy Blog Articles in 2017

As another year winds down it’s always fun to reflect back on the year that was.  So, in this article, I want to look back on the top Gemba Academy blog articles from 2017.  Perhaps we’ll look at the top podcasts in another article. First up are the top ten

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The Dangers of Benchmarking Lean Exemplars

A common practice for folks getting started with lean is to benchmark lean exemplars in order to see what “good” looks like.  In fact, there are benchmarking tours to Japan where you can visit companies like Toyota.  I actually attended one of these trips many years ago and it was

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