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Rockford Register Star – Assemblers shift to team concept key to success

A follow up to an article posted by Luke last week regarding Chrysler and teams. Here is a success story of a Chrysler plant in Illinois that made the transition, somewhat begrudgingly, to the team concept.

One reason that workers were resistant to changing was that the plant, even without the team concept, was ranked at or near the top in Harbour productivity rankings. Nothing was mentioned about quality rankings though.

You'd have to assume that, with the team concept, productivity would improve due to cross-training and improvement ideas.

Earlier articles on Chrysler and teams can be found here.

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. 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 book is an anthology 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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