The Lua office has been abuzz with excitement as we prepare for the arrival of our 6 interns: 5 engineers and 1 business guy. Well, that statement’s kind of misleading: we already have 3 Alohalings with us, and we’ll formally introduce them in another post.
Interns are always good news: they bring new excitement, new stories, and new ideas to the office. Over the coming months, we look forward to mentoring (and learning from) them, having cool new features built, and creating great memories. We’ve made a list of exciting projects for them to work on, with plans for them to present their work at the end of their internship.
One of the most exciting parts about the coming of the Alohalings is the opportunity to build new hardware. Obviously, we couldn’t let the interns have just any store-bought computer. This was a chance for Kevin, our Android guy, to put the Lean Manufacturing Principles (which he had learnt from a syringe making factory in Delaware) into practice, and also for those of us who were not that familiar with the insides of a PC to watch and learn.
Kevin’s Select Lean Manufacturing Principles
- Batch size of one: Build one machine at a time to minimize rework should there be an issue in the manufacturing process.
- Pull, not Push: Build to fulfill orders, not to stock, thus reducing overproduction and waste of storage space
- Kanban: A method for maintaining orderly flow of materials. In this case, from unpacking to assembly to testing.
Thanks to these principles, we now have one happy intern on a working PC.