Mercury Marine Video: 8-minute Lean Manufacturing Wake-up Call

Thanks to YouTube, it is possible to view the classic Lean awareness video of the Mercury Marine continuous improvement program called Quest. I have used this many times to great effect. In less than 10 minutes you can show this video, ask people to tell what they observed, estimate how much value-added and non value-added work is in the process, and finally reflect on similarities to their own processes.
Stop the video at minute 5:13 and ask the following questions:

  • How many individual steps are there to make a Mercury Marine outboard motor?
  • How many of these are production (value-added) steps?
  • How far do you think the product traveled?
  • How many hours do you think it was in the process?
  • How many people do you think touched the product from beginning to end?
  • The answer to these questions rarely fail to surprise. For many it is an eye-opening video. We always encourage our clients to go out to their gemba with a camera or video and make their own educational Mercury Marine video.
    Send this YouTube link to any leader needing a lean manufacturing wake up call, in under 8 minutes it will get them thinking.
    If you don’t need anymore lean manufacturing awareness, maybe just watch it for the bonus amusing-nostalgic 1980s haircuts and fashion.
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    1. Mike McAteer

      August 29, 2013 - 6:43 am

      Great video which I will use for training. Is there another video that shows the improvements?

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