Cisco gives back the Manufacturing Way

September 19, 2011 - 4 Comments

For those of you who may not be aware, we at Cisco take our commitment to our communities very seriously, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have fun when we volunteer!

Left to right: Andrew Lach, Peter Granger, Kevin Davenport at InnVision

On August 17th, over 20 volunteers from the Cisco Enterprise and Mid-market Marketing group gave their time to support InnVision, Silicon Valley’s leading provider of housing and services for homeless families and individuals:

InnVision is a primary gateway for homeless families and individuals seeking shelter and resources that lead to self-sufficiency. Our comprehensive system of care promotes self-worth and dignity at multiple facilities throughout Silicon Valley, including shelters, longer- term housing options and service centers, each equipped to meet emergency and transitional needs of diverse, at-risk people. InnVision is…the Way Home!


Volunteers spent the day sorting clothing for InnVision’s store, prepping food for daily meals, and reading stories to children.

Kevin, Peter and I were tasked with sorting clothing. Being from the Manufacturing team, we couldn’t resist applying the lessons learned from the Manufacturing industry towards our volunteer duties. Recalling Adam Smith’s “The Wealth of Nations“, we quickly broke into teams for a proper division of labor. Safety is a top priority, so latex gloves were distributed to the sorting teams to follow OSHA guidelines. We carefully optimized our WIP to ensure that Bottlenecks –which threatened to shut down our line via the Bullwhip effect — were not created. Additionally, we applied classical queueing theory using exponential distribution to carefully model our Poisson processes.

All kidding aside, we had a great day volunteering and learned a lot about InnVision, its dedicated and tireless volunteers and staff, and the people utilizing its services to improve their lives. If you are interested in supporting InnVision, please visit the volunteer needs page on their website.

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  2. Hey Andrew, good to know about the work at InnVision. Its also good to know Cisco encourages such volunteer time to causes like this and many others. Lot of manufacturing terms…:)throwback to my younger years. enjoyed your post. cheers.

  3. Hey Andrew,

    Good to you see you guys out there supporting the community and great to see you guys helping out with InnVision. Keep it up.