Ford to Reduce Overproduction

Ford making deep cuts in 2006 production – Yahoo! News:

It’s sad to see factories shut down, temporarily or permanently, but it’s sad that Ford can’t sell enough vehicles to merit the production. Boring products (ala Ford Five Hundred) and lack of pickup/SUV sales are leading to this. “Overproduction” is one of the types of waste, as defined by Toyota.

“Mark Fields, Ford’s president of the Americas, said the plan reflects the need ‘to match production and inventories with consumer demand.'”

So many times, we focus on “lean manufacturing”, but we really should focus on “lean enterprise” or the health of the entire business. What good would a lean factory be if you had no customer demand??

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Mark Graban's passion is creating a better, safer, more cost effective healthcare system for patients and better workplaces for all. Mark is a consultant, author, and speaker in the "Lean healthcare" methodology. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent project is an book titled Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also the VP of Improvement & Innovation Services for the technology company KaiNexus.

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