Ron has more than 15 years’ experience in various manufacturing, supply chain, and senior leadership roles. Ron has held the titles of process engineer, engineering manager, master black belt, and director of manufacturing & continuous improvement. In 2002 Ron was the first American to win the Nokia Global Six Sigma and Overall Quality award in Helsinki, Finland. Ron also launched the popular LSS Academy blog which has since been rebranded and serves as Gemba Academy’s blog. Ron holds a bachelors degree in automated manufacturing and an MBA in technology management.
Kata in the Classroom
CI expert Ron Pereira will run a hands-on exercise that introduces the scientific-thinking pattern of the Improvement Kata. After this session, you will be able to run and use the exercise yourself. Scientific thinking is a basis for creativity and successfully pursuing seemingly unattainable goals. The Improvement Kata (IK) is a four-step scientific striving pattern that is practiced in many top Lean organizations. It makes scientific thinking a teachable skill anyone can learn. Participants will work in teams and go through each step of the Improvement Kata pattern: (1) face a challenge, (2) measure where you are, (3) establish the next goal, and (4) experiment toward that goal. [Note: space is limited to 8.]