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Introducing the Gemba Academy School of Six Sigma

By Ron Pereira - January 30th, 2013

For the past 6 months I, along with my Gemba Academy colleagues, have been extremely busy developing what we now call the Gemba Academy School of Six Sigma. I’m obviously extremely biased… but I have to confess… I’m quite happy

5 Critical Control Chart Characteristics You May Not Be Aware Of

By Ron Pereira - September 25th, 2012

No matter if you call yourself a “lean practitioner” or “six sigma practitioner” or some combination of the two… one “tool” you should have a deep understanding of is the control chart. I’ve written about control charts

Calculating Rolled Throughput Yield (RTY)

By Ron Pereira - September 12th, 2007

One of the most powerful operational metrics I know of is Rolled Throughput Yield (RTY).  It’s used to assess the “true” yield of a given process.  This includes what we often call the “hidden factory” t

Explaining the Central Limit Theorem

By Ron Pereira - July 16th, 2007

If you hate statistics this post is for you. Why? Because it’s my intention to have you understand AND be in position to teach others one of the more complicated and misunderstood statistical concepts of our time – the central

10 Steps to Creating a FMEA

By Ron Pereira - June 28th, 2007

A Failure Modes Effect Analysis (FMEA) is an extremely powerful tool that anyone can, and will, benefit from no matter your occupation or status in life. Tonight, we’ll discuss the history of the FMEA, the different types of FMEA

How to apply the one sample t-test

By Ron Pereira - June 21st, 2007

Last night we discussed the history and background of the one sample t-test.  As promised, tonight we will discuss how it is you actually use the slick little hypothesis test.  At the end of this post is a free case study available f

How beer influenced statistics

By Ron Pereira - June 20th, 2007

Back in the early 1900s a certain W.S. Gosset, an Englishmen, was tasked with brewing better beer.  Really, I’m being serious. Gosset was a bright man, with two degrees from Oxford, and was hired by Guinness to help them brew

5 Steps to Data Collection

By Ron Pereira - May 31st, 2007

In most Six Sigma training programs and text books  you will hear about a 5 step data collection process.  However, what they don’t tell you is that collecting data is tricky.  Many people think they can simply run off and gra

Repetitions versus Replications

By Ron - May 8th, 2007

Many Lean & Six Sigma practitioners struggle to differentiate between a repetition and replication. Normally this confusion arises when dealing with Design of Experiments (DOE). Let’s use an example to explain the difference. Pai

Taguchi Index – Cpm

By Ron - April 16th, 2007

Last night we discussed the Taguchi Loss Function and how Taguchi methods are more concerned with hitting the target compared to more traditional methods that often focus on keeping our data between the upper and lower specification li

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