Tag: Ford

Guest Post: Is TPS the "Best" System?

By David Meier:

In this LinkedIn Group discussion, a member posted this question:

“In the book TPS Taiichi Ohno gives in chapter 5 praises to Henry Ford. He refers to Henry Ford his book Today and Tomorrow, written in 1926. Henry Ford was at his peak in 1926. In the following years, as Taiichi Ohno written, Ford faced failure and discouragement.

By November 11, 2009 6 Comments Read More →

Muda (Waste) Driven By Government Protectionism

To Outfox the Chicken Tax, Ford Strips Its Own Vans – WSJ.com

If people and organizations are good at anything, it’s gaming a system or finding workarounds.

From a recent WSJ article comes a tale of how Ford works around import tariffs:

By September 28, 2009 8 Comments Read More →
Bad News not Flowing Either Direction at GM?

Bad News not Flowing Either Direction at GM?

Last week, I blogged about an episode where bad news wasn’t flowing up in Boeing (or, it’s part of a pattern).

In my Sunday morning reading, I ran across two articles that reminded me of the situations where fear (and other dynamics) lead to communication failures.

Alan Mulally’s Mind Map Doesn’t Include Lean?

Alan Mulally’s Mind Map Doesn’t Include Lean?

Can Alan Mulally save Ford? – May. 11, 2009

Interesting story last month about Ford and CEO Alan Mulally. He’s a Toyota admirer and Lean devotee’ from his time at Boeing. FORTUNE magazine was allowed to share a diagram that Mulally drew up before the interviews. Click on it for a larger view (I couldn’t find it online, so I scanned it)… interesting that Lean/Ford Production System isn’t there in the company strategy.

My SHS Article About Early I.E.s and Healthcare

Highlights from the History of Industrial Engineering and Healthcare: Part 1

Wanted to share a link to an article I wrote recently for the Society for Health Systems newsletter.

The article begins:

For those who are new to the fields of industrial engineering or management engineering (as the field is often called in health care), the use of engineering methods may seem like a recent innovation in health care settings. The recent rise in the popularity of lean and Six Sigma in hospitals around the world has brought an influx of engineers into health care.

Old Model T Production Line Video

YouTube – Ford Model T – 100 Years Later

A bit of manufacturing and Lean history here…. since Henry Ford’s writings and practices helped influence Toyota and the development of the Toyota Production System. Many of Henry Ford’s methods seem “Lean” although the company got away from those practices over time (as Jim Womack mentioned in the BBC audio I posted on Monday).

Jim Womack on BBC World Business News

BBC World Service – Business – 5/05/2009 – Car Crash

The BBC aired a revisiting of a story from 2007, I found this thanks to an alert on Twitter, a message from a guy named @KanuDawg said:

Sad but Funny Fake Ford Reality Show on the "Onion News Network"

I feel a bit insensitive posting this video considering the continued plant closure announcements in the auto industry and Chrysler’s bankruptcy, but don’t blame me, blame “The Onion” (the web’s funniest fake news)…

Ford Not "Blindly Copying" Toyota – They Ignore "Respect for People"??

Ford CEO Mulally shares Toyota’s vision — Article from USATODAY.com

Why does the USA TODAY tend to do a better job with Lean articles than the Wall Street Journal? This article is another example.

Ford, Henry Ford, the Model T, and a Hospital

Ok, so I’ll combine a mish-mash of Ford related topics into a single post here.

First off, it’s the 100th anniversary of the Model T, introduced in 1908. Yesterday’s USA Today has an article about the anniversary and some interesting tidbits, including some details about what a different driving experience it was.

By September 30, 2008 1 Comments Read More →

Say No to "Quick Changeover"…


You might be surprised to see that phrase. Say “no” to quick changeover?? That’s a core method in the Toyota Production System, right? Well, a method called “SMED” or “Single Minute Exchange of Dies” is. Why the distinction in terminology?

Thinking is For Factories, Too

Seth’s Blog: Henry Ford and the source of our fear

I really like Seth Godin’s blog… but when he steps into “Lean” territory, he tends to be wrong (as he was last year).

In his recent post, he explores the history of how Ford-ism (and I’d add Taylor-ism) impacted fundamental assumptions that we hold in current-day work life. Kind of an interesting read.

The Dispersion of Toyota Talent

One of the most fascinating trends out of there is the spread of Toyota folks into other old-line automakers or parts suppliers — Gary Convis, Jim Press, and Jim Farley, to name three. What impact can they have outside of Toyota? It remains to be seen and it’s a story worth following. How much impact can one man have on the culture of an entire organization, even if they’re at the top?

Toyota marks 50 years in U.S.

This month marks a pretty significant milestone, 50 years since Toyota first started selling cars in the U.S. A collection of articles:

Toyota marks 50 years in U.S. Dallas Morning News

It’s important to keep in mind that Toyota was hardly an overnight success:

By October 28, 2007 1 Comments Read More →

The Same Kind of Different Car Company

By Andy Wagner:

A poignant story showed up in the Washington Post during the recent GM strike that hits at the heart of the principle of respect for people. It came from the Saturn plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee. Management, required to work during the strike, gave their friends, their union hourly workers, rides to the picket line. They delivered hot coffee and donuts. They showed that respect for people is alive in well at the real Saturn, despite the fact that Spring Hill, home of the “different kind of car company” doesn’t even assemble cars any more.

By October 16, 2007 0 Comments Read More →
Changing the Culture at Ford

Changing the Culture at Ford

At Ford, the ‘Outsider’ Is Optimistic – WSJ.com

There’s an interview with Ford CEO Alan Mulally today, we’ve featured him before on the blog (click the “Ford” link at the bottom of the post for more on the company).

Time for Value Added Engineering

Ford Adopts Focus Time – Detroit News

By Andy Wagner:

I have blogged before on the inefficiency of multi-tasking and the virtues of more single-piece flow in the engineering environment. Judging by this article, it looks like somebody at Ford Motor has been listening.

Suppliers: GM better, rivals not

Detroit News Article

GM, Ford, and Chrysler are frequent targets here for their “beat up the suppliers” approach to supply chain management. Here’s some encouraging news for GM (and for their suppliers)… not such good news for Ford