“Chasing the Rabbit” by Steven J Spear is a book about what he calls high velocity organizations. Velocity is equated with success because these companies have the agility to respond and capture business. It is not just speed. These organizations are able to capture quality.
I was interested because someone had told me this was the secret to highly reliable organizations. The book covers in detail the US Navy nuclear program which has 5700 reactor years of use without a single nuclear mishap. Continue reading
The Industrial Revolution brought about mass production of parts and products. The concept behind mass production is: break the job into a series of well defined components (interchangeable parts), and set up to produce those parts in large quantities to get economy of scale. Millions of identical parts can bring the price down of a completed product. The cost of setting up a factory is high, but is recouped through small savings multiplied by many instances.
Fredrick Winslow Taylor applied these mass production ideas to work and called it “Scientific Management“. Continue reading