The missing ingredient?
Unjumbling value streams could make Boeing’s impressive lean gains even better
By Richard J. Schonberger
Boeing assembles the world’s largest-selling passenger aircraft, the 737, in its Renton, Wash., complex. The production rate is 31.5 aircraft per month, to be raised in stages in coming years. The Renton plant is a marvel of lean manufacturing. A few highlights of those lean practices follow to set the stage for a discussion about a bedrock aspect of the lean agenda that is missing in Renton.
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