Robots and Kaizan: Managing disruptive technologies using Lean Methods

Session focus: 

Change leadership, daily problem solving

Technology is changing our workplaces and how we work. Are you ready? Proactively use Lean, Moonshine Rapid Prototyping, engaged leadership, and safe to fail experimentation to make improvement and innovation a habit today, while laying the foundation for our radical future. We will explain specific methods the Navy is using, such as Lean Awareness Training, 5S, RIE’s, and Trystorming to promote a culture making innovation habit to improve today’s processes, as well as leadership habits, like Gemba to align to our mission. In the process, we will show how these practices enable the adoption of new and disruptive technology, and exaptation to prepare your organization for the future.

Target Audience: 

Employee, Supervisor, Executive


Vince Stamper
Innovation Manager, Intermediate Maintenance Facility, Bangor site
Puget Sound Naval Shipyard

Vince Stamper is an ASQ and NAVSEA certified Black Belt, with a background in Mechanical and Applied Nuclear Engineering. He started the Lean program at Intermediate Maintenance Facility (IMF) Bangor in 2003. He transferred to the Bremerton site of the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility in 2010, to become the first Moonshine Branch Manager and take the Command Lab from a pilot to full implementation. After standing up four additional labs, he returned to IMF Bangor in 2015, where he is currently the Innovation Manager.

Ron Zmijewski
Research Development Testing & Evaluation Manager, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility, Bremerton site
Puget Sound Naval Shipyard

Ron Zmijewski is currently a Research Development Testing & Evaluation Manager at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility and has a BS in Industrial Engineering and Masters of Engineering Management.