Lean Blog Audio — 271: On Boeing, GM, and Hospitals… and Epic Battles Between Reality and Spokespeople?

Yesterday’s blog post was about a situation (with my podcast hosting service) that triggered memories of my time at General Motors in 1995. Today’s post is about a recent article on Boeing that definitely caused me to think of that broken, dysfunctional “pre-Lean” culture that I suffered through (and learned from) in my first year at GM.

In 1995, nobody claimed GM was Lean so the expectations were low. They were who they were and my new plant manager in 1996 started to change things. Boeing is a company that has been pointed at as a great example of Lean Manufacturing, so it’s troubling to read reports that suggest otherwise.

From the New York Times:

Claims of Shoddy Production Draw Scrutiny to a Second Boeing Jet

Workers at a 787 Dreamliner plant in South Carolina have complained of defective manufacturing, debris left on planes and pressure to not report violations.

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