Another article about potential collaboration between Ford and Toyota. One tidbit:
The grapevine buzz has it that the former Boeing leader is prompting his managers to read books on the Toyota Production System, the de facto standard for lean manufacturing based on the philosophy of achieving more with and for less, and on building quality into every step of every process.
Have the Ford people NOT been reading books about Lean and TPS so far?? I doubt it. I love books, but books aren't enough. On that topic, here's a Lean Board discussion about about Toyota Way book clubs, including a “book club” method I posted about. The “Lean Builder” blog has some summaries of Chapter 7 and Chapter 8 of The Toyota Way.
Ironically enough, the writer of the article has a relatively new book out that combines two hot topics: Toyota and the “innovation” buzzword. Has anyone read it yet?
The article continues:
Coming from Boeing, Mulally is a known believer and practitioner of lean concepts. But instilling such a system from Square One in an enormous organization, burdened by layers of bureaucracy, presents a new and different challenge. Too, he needs to learn first-hand how to apply the Toyota mindset to vehicle design. He must work to shrink development cycles to deliver relevant new products faster.
Is the state of lean at Ford really “Square One” after all this time? What about the “Ford Production System?” What about Henry Ford's Production System. It's not like Mulally is going into an industry where nobody has ever heard of lean. Hell, Ford, the company, and Ford, the man, invented some of the concepts.
Did Boeing only use lean as a manufacturing method, ala “lean manufacturing?” The article says that Mulally needs to learn how to apply TPS to vehicle design. Learning to apply it to “vehicle design” or “product design”, which is he learning?
Is Mulally reading this book? Or had he already read it?
Anyone have input?
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