As a division of Brunswick Corporation, Mercury Marine recently completed their 1,000th Lean Six Sigma project. BYM News reported this morning on this significant milestone and shared more insight into Mercury’s deployment:
“Since (Patrick C. Mackey) launched the cultural transformation of Mercury three years ago, nearly 700 management and production employees have been formally trained in Lean Six Sigma methods, with dozens more attending training every quarter. The company has also worked with its suppliers and customers to create a lean supply chain to ensure the highest quality products are manufactured and available for consumers.”
Time and time again we see that successful Lean Six Sigma programs reach outward to suppliers and customers. It’s just not enough to work only on internal processes. No company is an island – involving the supply chain as well as customers in improvement activities is essential.
Lean Six Sigma helps Mercury Marine improve quality, BYM News, August 30, 2006
ISO and Lean Six Sigma, Mercury Marine Website