5 days

There are days when it takes all you’ve got just to keep up with the losers. ~Robert Orpen


That quote just made me laugh.

I have been in a training class all week to get certified as a Lean Belt and it had me thinking about my competitive nature today.

We’re doing a simulation, where we have to produce a “cell phone” out of Legos and the goal is to do a couple of rounds of production, timing steps, analyzing the process, and each time making improvements to lean up the work flow in order to speed up production, while maintaining quality. In the simulation, I am an assembly operator and my job is to put the Lego pieces together. There is a pretty specific way you have to do it, down to the size, color and even the direction the Lego logo is facing for each piece.

Anyway, to make a long story short, this afternoon we were doing some tests of our assembly line as we prepared to roll out our latest and greatest process. To get a good idea of how long it’d take to assemble, we had to take an average of 3 assemblers. And I was the fastest assembler by like 10 seconds over two other people.

So, for a bit today, I felt like a winner. A winner because I can assemble Legos fast. (And the other girls actually got a bit defensive over the fact they were slower. I was smiling inside.)

I mean, I won’t lie, it kinda felt like a big deal. I never get competitive over really big things (probably because I am so scared to be a loser), but it’s the little things that count.

Yeah.

Legos.

I really need to go to bed.

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