108 Articles

iSixSigma is Back!

By Ron Pereira - November 7th, 2011

Just got this message via email.  This is GREAT news for the continuous improvement world.  iSixSigma Founder Promises Rebirth of Lean Six Sigma Website Readers will again have access to the best Six Sigma, Lean and operational excel

The 7 Steps to Hoshin Kanri

By Ron Pereira - November 2nd, 2011

Gemba Academy recently added their 211th video to their constantly growing online and DVD based Lean Training System. This newest course is focused on Hoshin Planning, commonly referred to as Hoshin Kanri or Policy Deployment.  Durin

How to Not Demotivate People

By Ron Pereira - October 31st, 2011

Here is a short, but excellent, video on how to not demotivate workers. The person speaking is Jim Collins, author of the bestseller Good to Great. I’d be curious to hear your thoughts on whether you agree with everything Mr. Col

Applying TPS Beyond the Shopfloor

By Ron Pereira - October 6th, 2011

Here’s a short, but very powerful, video of how lean thinking principles can make a massive impact on society.  Well done Toyota! If you’re reading this via email or RSS you may need to click through to the site.

The Last Step to 5 Whys Process – The “So What?” Test

By Ron Pereira - September 28th, 2011

The 5 Whys Process is an extremely powerful root cause analysis technique when applied properly. As we explained in our recent Gemba Glossary video focused on the 5 Why there are situations where asking why a few times will suffice whi

Gemba Glossary: The 5 Why

By Ron Pereira - September 20th, 2011

Here is the next video in our Gemba Glossary video series. This one focuses on the 5 Why. If you missed any of our earlier Gemba Glossary videos please follow the links below. Gemba Glossary: 5S Gemba Glossary: The 7 Wastes Gemba Gloss

Applying 3P to Healthcare & Beyond

By Ron Pereira - September 7th, 2011

Gemba Academy’s 3P course (which stands for Production Preparation Process) demonstrates the application of this lean tool within the healthcare world. Although the course has a healthcare focus, the 3P principles taught apply to

Training Wheels

By Ron Pereira - August 30th, 2011

My son, who just turned 5 years old, recently taught me a valuable lesson. Like most young people my boy was itching to take the training wheels off his bicycle. We had told him that Daddy would take the training wheels off this weeke

Lean Kitchen – Fastcap Style

By Ron Pereira - August 24th, 2011

Here’s a great example of lean in action within a non-manufacturing situation!  Oh, and for the record, my kids figured some of this stuff out months ago!  😉

Let’s all be friends and focus on making things better

By Ron Pereira - August 17th, 2011

I’ve sensed an unusually strong disturbance in the Continuous Improvement force the past month or so. It seemed to start with the announcement that iSixSigma was about to close their doors.  Perhaps I’m partially to blame

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