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You surely know this little orange robot at Amazon commonly known as Kiva, which powers many Amazon Fulfillment Centers. Turns out, there are more robots in use at Amazon, some for similar tasks, some for something completely different. In this post I would like to give you an overview of all the robots at Amazon … Continue reading The Amazon Robotics Family: Kiva, Pegasus, Xanthus, and more…
 
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by LSSU Admin - Tuesday, 31 March 2020, 12:00 PM
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I wrote a blog post for KaiNexus that's the first in a series that we're going to run about “Opportunities for Improvement” in everyday situations like golfing, walking for exercise, getting take out food… or my post about going to the grocery store and what we (and the stores) are doing better (or could do […]

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by LSSU Admin - Monday, 30 March 2020, 8:38 PM
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I’ve been studying lean in hospitals since the mid 1990s – co-wrote a book about it with a Nursing Director. I’m confined, but people tell me their gemba stories. It’s awful. It’s frightening. It’s inspiring. A hospital is a complex being – […]

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by LSSU Admin - Monday, 30 March 2020, 8:36 PM
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Folk are ill and need support – but we can’t get close to them. Caregivers are on the frontlines and need equipment to work – but we can’t get out of our homes. Shop and logistics workers are keeping us […]

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by LSSU Admin - Monday, 30 March 2020, 8:32 PM
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Let’s take care of the sick first, yes? They need care. So let’s take care of the care providers, yes? They need material and emotional support to do their jobs – masks for protection, gel for disinfection, respirators for the […]

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by LSSU Admin - Monday, 30 March 2020, 7:50 PM
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Lean thinkers, the first question is what can we do to create psychological safety for people affected so that they feel enabled to be cautious and break the chain of transmission? But a second crisis is looming that we, lean […]

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by LSSU Admin - Monday, 30 March 2020, 12:51 PM
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It's great to see examples of manufacturing companies being flexible and adaptive in these challenging times. Lean methods are often providing a huge boost in what can be life-saving efforts. Lean often gets mislabeled as a “low inventory” system (or “zero inventories”) but that misses the point. We don't just lower inventory at all costs […]

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by LSSU Admin - Friday, 27 March 2020, 10:15 PM
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Against the Odds: Honoring Women in Math and Statistics

Every March in the United States is Women's History Month. We honor and commemorate women who were pioneering, resilient and influential. As the world addresses a pandemic, there’s no doubt this is very different from prior years.

In that spirit, we're taking time to showcase a few of many women in our field who prevailed in the face of adversity and made a major impact.

 
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by LSSU Admin - Friday, 27 March 2020, 12:17 PM
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Dear Readers, Covid-19 has disrupted the world.  We have been thrust into a situation where we are required to rapidly adapt and innovate, and the stakes have never been higher.  Lean principles of continuous improvement and respect for people are more relevant than ever, and we all have a duty to help each other during these times.   […]

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The first 14 episodes of “Lean Whiskey” have been traditional audio podcasts. Jamie Flinchbaugh and I record them through Zoom and we usually use the video call option even though we have just published audio. For our next episode, we're going to experiment with our first video podcast. We're also adding another new variable — […]

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