432 Articles

Is Batching Always Bad?

By Ron Pereira - July 9th, 2008

I was recently skimming the archives of one of my favorite “blogging” blogs – Problogger – when I read something that stopped me dead in my tracks. The thing that slammed me into this proverbial brick wall was an article titled

Less Talking, More Action

By Ron Pereira - July 8th, 2008

“Too many words. Let them just see what we do.” -Blessed Mother Teresa This is an odd quote for a blog that primarily depends on the written word in order to communicate. With this in mind, I’ll keep this post short and sweet. In

The Ultimate Productivity System: Zen to Done

By Ron Pereira - July 2nd, 2008

Leo Babauta is the founder of one of the most popular blogs around called Zen Habits (almost 60,000 subscribers as of this article). While he doesn’t write about lean manufacturing, per se, he does touch on many lean philosophies lik

Calculating Optimal Crew Size in Mixed Model Cells

By Ron Pereira - May 13th, 2008

I have a question for you. How would you staff a cell that produces multiple products, all with varying cycle times? In this article I will offer my thoughts and am excited to hear your comments as to how you would (or do) approach it

Why Do Employees Underperform?

By Ron Pereira - May 9th, 2008

The best free lean magazine I know of, Industry Week, recently discussed an interesting survey done by LifeCare Inc. where they investigated why some employees underperform in their jobs.  While I am from the school that says you nee

The Efficiency Conundrum

By Ron Pereira - April 15th, 2008

Ah yes, efficiency. If there was ever a word more abused I’d like to know about it. I don’t think there is. OK, maybe utilization. But efficiency is really butchered. So let’s dig into the efficiency conundrum a bit this evening

Spring Fever – Fact or Fiction?

By Ron Pereira - March 20th, 2008

“It’s spring fever…. You don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!” -Mark Twain Texas Sun Today marks the beginning of spring. Here in Texas, the sun is shi

Kudos to American Airlines and DFW International Airport

By Ron Pereira - February 13th, 2008

I just had the best experience here at the DFW International airport.  I pulled up to the drop-off zone, kissed my wife and kids good-bye, grabbed my bags, headed to the Executive Platinum check in line (one of the benefits of frequen

Just Throw it Away

By Ron Pereira - July 15th, 2007

I sometimes feel like a bit of a hypocrit when it comes to teaching people about 5S.  For those not familiar with it, 5S is a philosophy and a way of organizing and managing our workspace, wherever that may be, by eliminating waste. 

8 Tips to Better Meetings

By Ron Pereira - July 9th, 2007

Most of us have sat in a meeting or two that, well, was a complete waste of time. Often times the facilitator is to blame for these mind numbing experiences. That is the bad news. The good news is it doesn’t have to be like this. Ton

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