Monday, March 29, 2010

Everything old is new again

On the face of it, the headlines "GM to recall, hire new workers" looks like good news, right? Yeah no. Wrong.

I hate to rain on the parade but GM's old school "let's pump up production to sell as many of these hot units as we can" is a part of their age old problem. "We want our plant running at full capacity" gets workers accustomed to the paycheck but also means they'll be really busy and that's a challenge to quality. Is there a correlation between Porsche's recent accolades and their production numbers? Better yet, is there a correlation between Toyota's production ramp up over the last two years and its quality problems?