Boeing 737 manufacturing site was hit by an earthquake in Renton, Washington. A building that houses 1400 engineers was flattened by 6.8 magnitude earthquake. The Vice President was able to make a case for relocating employees and establishing her new vision for Boeing. She promised the same quality and standards to the executives.
The "Move to the Lake" program was a pilot program with 35 Boeing Engineers moved to the mezzanine level of a plant, a "no-go zone" for engineers, for 90 days. Engineers enjoyed the improved efficency on the plant becasue they were able to solve problems with mechanics as they arise. As a result, all employees rethought about their processes and redesigned them for improved efficiency. In the end of the pilot, Boeing decided to move 2500 employees to work into a more finished work space in the same plant.
The "Move to the lake" initiative:
- Increased productivity by 50%: Allowed executives at the plant now can see a 737 Boeing exit the plant every 11 days instead of 22.
- Reduced space occupied by 40%
- Reduced barriers between white- vs. blue-collar jobs
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