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Ford Starts Designing Vehicles!

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"Automaker gives engineers two days a week to do nothing but design new products"

"Ford Motor Co. is giving its engineers two days a week to do nothing but engineer."

"That means no meetings, no design reviews, no other distractions -- just designing new cars and trucks. It might seem like a no-brainer, but engineers who spoke with The Detroit News said this is nothing short of revolutionary at a company famous for its Byzantine bureaucracy and constant meetings."

""(It is) two days a week for the engineers to focus on engineering. That's exactly what we call it: focus time," Kuzak said. "What that means is taking away bureaucracy, taking away meetings that they don't need to attend. It's indicating that we consider their time important.""

""To me, it makes sense. But it's probably going to be difficult to implement," he said. "You have to change your entire (engineering) process."

That is exactly what Kuzak is trying to do. Since being tapped by CEO Alan Mulally to lead the automaker's global product development efforts in December, he has been working to strip layers of bureaucracy out of Ford's vehicle engineering system and better leverage the company's global design and development resources."


This is the stuff of Dilbert.

Edited by JT64

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