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Podcast #181 – Ron Pereira, Talking Lean and Six Sigma

by Mark Graban on July 23, 2013 · 3 comments

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Ron Pereira 1 197x300 Podcast #181   Ron Pereira, Talking Lean and Six Sigma leanMy guest for Podcast #181 is a good friend, Ron Pereira of Gemba Academy, an outstanding provider of online Lean (and now Six Sigma) education. You might also know Ron from his blog posts (and now, also, a podcast) at LSSacademy.com. I was recently a guest on episode #8 of his podcast series. Ron was also the guest host for episode #143 of my podcast, where he interviewed me with follow up questions from a webinar I did for Gemba Academy on SPC.

Before I moved to San Antonio, Ron and used to live just about five miles apart in Keller, Texas and would meet for coffee regularly… but, today, we are talking via Skype. We’re talking about his background with both Six Sigma and Lean and about how these methods can be used together. Ron tells a story about a time he used statistical methods to solve something that might have been difficult with standard Lean approaches.

For a link to this episode, refer people to  www.leanblog.org/181.

Conflict of interest disclosure: Gemba Academy is a formal partner of KaiNexus, a technology company I work with and have an ownership stake in. I have received a free subscription to the Gemba Academy training classes.

For earlier episodes, visit the  main Podcast page, which includes information on how to  subscribe via RSS  or  via Apple iTunes.

Sample Gemba Academy Video:


You can use the podcast player (use the VCR-type controls) at the top of the post to listen to a streaming version of the podcast (or click here for the streaming audio and RSS subscription). The streaming link is faster for one-time listening (hardly any delay to start listening). Or you can use the download link to put it on your iPod or other MP3 player.

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If you have feedback on the podcast, or any questions for me or my guests, you can email me at leanpodcast@gmail.com or you can call and leave a voicemail by calling the “Lean Line” at (817) 776-LEAN (817-776-5326) or contact me via Skype id “mgraban”. Please give your location and your first name. Any comments (email or voicemail) might be used in follow ups to the podcast.

mark graban lean blog Podcast #181   Ron Pereira, Talking Lean and Six Sigma leanAbout LeanBlog.org: Mark Graban is a consultant, author, and speaker in the “lean healthcare” methodology. Mark is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as the new Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. Mark is also the VP of Innovation and Improvement Services for KaiNexus.

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Learn How I’ve Leveraged Both Lean & Six Sigma Throughout my Career
July 23, 2013 at 9:54 am

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1 Ron Pereira July 23, 2013 at 9:56 am

Thanks for having me on, Mark! I really enjoyed it and look forward to doing another one in the future.


2 Mark Graban
July 23, 2013 at 10:05 am

Sure thing, Ron. Thanks for being a guest!
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