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Book Report: Toyota Production System

Book Report: Toyota Production System

I recently finished Toyota Production System, by Taiichi Ohno, who developed and implemented the system company wide at Toyota. Taiichi Ohno readil...

Competing Against Amazon and Big Box

Here are some of my ideas for what I've been calling the "Better Bodega" or the "Micro Store of the Future." It's written in response to trends I'v...

My Ideas for Saving the Movies (or maybe just movie theaters)

I love the movies. We've all heard that Hollywood is hurting and movie theaters along with it. Here are my ideas for how to save them. (The movie ...

Scrummish Notebook Update

Scrummish Notebook Update

I've been continuing to make progress on the notebook... this time, with dry erase magnets! -Sam  

How to use a personal SCRUM board

How to use a personal SCRUM board

I've been working on getting offline more often and for me, that also meant moving some of my favorite tools offline. I've been using www.trello.co...

SCRUM-ish Notebook

SCRUM-ish Notebook

I've been trying to cut down on my internet habit in general. I really liked using Trello.com to manage a sort of scrum-ish to do list, but Trello,...

Working with Designers

Seth Godin's guidelines on working with designers are so good that I've copied them here verbatim. -source Here are four postures to consider in wo...

Brian the Lion

Brian the Lion

Brian the lion is looking for his next meal, but he learns the hard way there's no such thing as a free lunch. It explores themes of consent, finan...

Bus Sign Development Log

Bus Sign Development Log

Hi all! The Bus Sign is a piece of Dedicated Single Purpose Hardware, made specifically for connecting to the NextBus API and displaying when the n...

Bus Sign Progress 2

Bus Sign Progress 2

Things have been moving steadily along at AwkwardEngineer, which means lots of pictures of the Bus Sign project. Mechanical On the mechanical front...

Bus Sign Progress

Bus Sign Progress

I made great progress on the bus stop sign this week. In short, I have a fully functioning prototype. It now "works like" what a finished product w...

New Project: Single Purpose Hardware Bus Stop Sign

New Project: Single Purpose Hardware Bus Stop Sign

Hi all! I'm working on a new project right now, an installation piece for my living room that I'm calling the Bus Stop Sign. The plan is to use the...