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  • #50375

    Sinnicks
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    Hi,Do any of you know of Articles/Journals with updates about ford’s 6 sigma program. Ford has been going down through the years and it seems there is something wrong with their 6 sigma implementation or the organization as a whole. thanks,
    mark

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    #173138

    Haugen
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    There is nothing wrong with SS at Ford – evidence their rise up the Quaility ratings. But SS cannot cure management short term decisions based on flawed thinking.  So if you want to look at the disconnect between their SS program and their strategic plan, that I will buy.
    You need strong strategic planning and strong, intellegent management – both of which Ford has lacked for decades.

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    #173149

    Brandon
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    I agree with Jim’s input. Additionally, SS cannot fix flawed markets. The auto, airline and some other industries are going through major upheavals and no “variation reduction” program can fix that.
    Come on…what could SS have done for buggy whip companies?

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    #173151

    Mikel
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    That buggy whip arguement is compelling but a bit long in the
    tooth. Truth is, I’ve never met a Ford BB I would hire. From the crummy
    outside help to the inside posers like Phong Vu, they never had a
    chance.

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    #173154

    Brandon
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    SS can’t fix major market flaws….good BB’s or poor BB’s. Autos & airlines – major capital investments precluding reduction in expenses based on demand and legacy pension costs driven by years of labor union compensation abuse. These two cost factors foreshadow everything else.
    They are doomed to financial restructure – bankruptcy and reorganization…meaning stock holders and pension recipients are going to eat it.

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    #173156

    Chris Seider
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    How about use VOC to design a new product for a changing market. 
    Virgin America is successful so far in the airlines market along with Southwest Airlines which are both still operating in the black….last I read.

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    #173157

    Brandon
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    Good point C.
    VOC is very important but it don’t fix capital investments and enormous pension fund payments…recall this post started relative to Ford’s SS program.
    Also, Virgin is relatively new and SW never followed the AA, TWA, United, et al script.

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    #173158

    Chris Seider
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    Well, as a past dissatisfied customer of Ford…I can appreciate your refocusing the discussion.
    I might be pushing a bit but Virgin America and Southwest are both using lean principles (more fuel efficient planes for VA and point-to-point flying for LUV).  Of course, as a Dallas resident, when I’m there, I’m a fan of Southwest Airlines. 

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