Remembering NUMMI: Gipsie Ranney

Gipsie Ranney is a consultant with The Deming Cooperative. A white paper she recently wrote, contrasting NUMMI with The Big Three, has been circulating by email. I requested, and received, her permission to publish it here. Remembering NUMMI Gipsie B. Ranney January, 2009 The discussions of a bailout for the U.S. owned auto industry – […]

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There Are (almost) No Big Problems

In a “management by metrics” world, problems are detected when performance indicators are off track. Perhaps inventory is too high, first pass quality is a problem. Maybe operational availability is tanking. Once the problems are abstracted into numbers, the numbers become the problem. The solution, then, is usually a directive to reverse the trend, to […]

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