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Howdy folks! May started with an invitation for a cookout from Kevin Taylor (Principal, Purple Team), which was to be held at his residence. I was completely excited to attend. His residence is on the shore of Lake Ray Hubbard, a 92 Km sq. reservoir lake. All of the Purple team was invited to the cookout. It was a great opportunity to meet all the teammates and bond with them at a more personal level. We all had a lot of fun there, which made me realize that the Principals and seniors of the firm are really humble and down to earth. We played a very traditional game of ‘Horseshoes’ with the seniors, which turned out to be really entertaining.
Hello everyone (rather I should say howdy folks)! I am Ripudaman Singh from the HKS New Delhi office. In December last year, I got the incredible news of getting selected for the Xchange Fellowship 2015-2016 in Q2 of 2015. It was actually a life-changing event for me, straight out of architecture school and during the start of my career. I definitely was not expecting an opportunity like this. But I am really thankful to HKS for this chance to explore a different culture and experience the ONE FIRM attribute of the firm.
Andrea Sponsel, RID, IIDA, EDAC, LEAN SIX SIGMA CE, LEED AP
I’m celebrating my fifth Anniversary with lean this year, and oh what a journey it has been. To say it’s changed my life would be an understatement. I have always believed that collaboration, having the right people in the room at the right time and eliminating waste were great ways to work. With that as my base, learning about lean and the root of the philosophy “maximizing customer value by minimizing waste,” made sense. I will say again, it makes sense, but it wasn’t easy. To truly embrace this new way of life, you must be willing to take a hard look at what you do every day with a critical eye. Just because you have a clean desk, you’re organized and you meet project deadlines doesn’t mean you live a life with zero waste.