Improvement Versus Innovation

Does success breed success? Kaizen is a Japanese word for improvement. In manufacturing circles kaizen is used to describe continuous improvement – constantly refining processes to improve the quality of the outcome. In an earlier article I made the point that the small batches forced by limited manufacturing might created an opportunity for Japanese manufacturers…

Insanity: Building The Model 3 In A Tent

Shockingly bad In June 2018, Bloomberg published an article describing Tesla’s latest controversial measure – producing Model 3 cars in a tent covering the area of two football fields, constructed in the parking lot of their existing Fremont, California production facility. (The tent is visible in the title image of this post, behind the Model…

GM’s Maven – The End of Personal Car Ownership?

Big changes for big automakers Automakers have been making vehicles for the same markets in the same way for generations. The vast majority of cars they produce are powered by a combustion engine and driven by its owner. Three key innovations are challenging this tried-and-true approach to mobility – electrification, ride sharing and autonomy. Successful incumbent…