This issue of Two More Chains is about tension. The good and bad. The push pull. That mythical sweet spot. Just about everything seems to be a swirl of dark and light, but the specific strain we will focus on here is “standardization.”
Standards are good. We NEED standards. We need to keep improving the assembly line and the equipment so we become more and more consistent and efficient. But there are also downsides and losses in that march toward uniformity—standardization is not without victims.
In the pros/cons list, the benefits column is rather easy to populate, especially after a bad thing happens viewed in any way as tied to “lack of standards.” Many a conference room table have endured fist pounding and heavy words related to standards, or lack thereof, especially in the wake of tragedy.
Even then, how do we move forward matching process and equipment with so many ego-powered defenders of the “how we’ve always done it” model? It’s not easy. But it is possible. This is the key take away: Change is possible. That is called hope, and it is crucial to our collective survival. Look for it in the stories in this issue of Two More Chains.
Take a good look as we peel back the tint on how this stuff happens and why.
Click here to read it: Summer 2019 Two More Chains