Let’s Talk Lean: Part 3

Happy Friday! My last couple of posts have gotten us through five of the eight common wastes. Seven of the eight were originally defined by the Toyota Production System with the additional waste being Non-Utilized Talent (which we covered yesterday) So far, we have covered the following: Defects Overproduction Waiting Non-Utilized Talent Transportation Inventory Motion…

Let’s Talk Lean: Part 2

In my last post, I introduced the acronym you can use to remember the eight common wastes, DOWNTIME. Seven of these eight wastes were formally defined in the Toyota Production System. Non-Utilized Talent is the eighth waste that was not originally introduced through the Toyota Production System. Defects Overproduction Waiting Non-Utilized Talent Transportation Inventory Motion Extra-Processing…

Let’s Talk Lean: Part 1

I had the opportunity to speak to a group of 7th graders today about what I do as a Manufacturing Engineer. I asked them if they knew what “Lean” meant, and after a few blank stares I got my favorite response: “Lean, like meat?” I chuckled and said, “Actually, that is a great example that…

Look Inside A Middle School STEM Lab

In my last post, I introduced you to Mark Ochs. Mark is a middle school STEM teacher who transformed an outdated and underutilized technology elective classroom into an advanced middle school STEM lab. Mark’s class is a 7th and 8th grade STEM lab that is considered an elective class that is 50 minutes in length,…

Meet a Middle School STEM Teacher

I’ve mentioned that my husband is a middle school STEM teacher and figured it was time to finally introduce him to you. He is phenomenal teacher with a passion (and patience) for teaching middle school students. He started out as a music teacher, teaching drumline while he was in college, and his love for teaching…

STEM Career Questionnaire for Students

In my last post, I shared a write up I drafted for AIA (Aerospace Industries Association) with the intent of reaching students and encouraging them to investigate STEM careers in Aerospace Manufacturing. Below is the short questionnaire I answered as well, which was featured on the front page of AIA’s website during National Engineers Week….

STEM Talk For Students

Recently, I was provided the opportunity to write about Lean in Aerospace Manufacturing in a way that could be understood and engaging to grade school students. I also answered a short questionnaire on STEM careers that ended up being featured on AIA’s website during National Engineering Week. My write up below was written with the notion…

Stop and Go’s Never Stop

And we’re going, again! In the last post, I discussed what Stop and Go’s are in the aviation community, and then started to share the story of my checkride. After multiple cancellations, we had set on a date for the oral portion. I passed the oral and then signed a letter of discontinuance due to…

Stop and Go’s

In the aviation community, a “Stop and Go” is a situation in which you land on the runway, come to a full stop, then power back in and immediately take off again. Typically, when working in the pattern, pilots will do Stop and Go’s or Touch and Go’s (landing and immediately taking off again without…

Speaking of STEM Nights…

In my last post, I discussed the importance of outreach, leading into my personal passion for STEM outreach. Within the post, I listed various opportunities/ideas for STEM outreach. The first idea on that list is “Participate in a STEM night at a grade school.” To give you a better idea of what that could entail,…

Let’s Talk STEM Outreach

Outreach is huge. It is impactful and personal. Passionate people give their time to bring visibility and interest to a cause or initiative they care deeply about. It allows individuals to draw in and inspire a perhaps previously unknowing or, already, curious audience. My outreach passion is for the ever growing STEM initiative.   Picture Credit…

Why Should I Help “Them?” Part 2

Why B2B Lean Six Sigma Collaboration is Mutually Beneficial, Continued… In yesterday’s blog, I began talking about my experiences with B2B collaboration regarding Lean Six Sigma. Having discussed Click Bond’s collaboration with the Nevada National Guard, let’s look at a few other examples of B2B collaboration. Amazon Amazon recently built a new fulfillment center on…