Friday, November 30, 2012

HENRY Brian, PICH Michael
Lean Engineering at FCI (parts A and B)
©2012 INSEAD Case Study

In 2008, Michel Safir, our protagonist, was tasked to roll out Lean throughout the Design and Engineering (D&E) departements of FCI, a large multi-national player in the connector industry. This case decribes in detail the pilot project where many of the principles of Lean were applied to various aspects of D&E over a period of 18 months. Once the ideas and processes were developed and tested in the pilot project, Lean was then to be rolled out to the rest of the global organization. Case A ends just before global rollout. Case B describes, briefly, how the global rollout was handled and the protagonist's lessons learned from the how the project was handled.  

Pedagogical Objectives: This case can be used to illustrate both: (i) Lean, and its application to Engineering, and (ii) Leadership issues in rolling out Lean to a global organization. Lean priniciples, and how they might be appied to an engineering evironment, are descibed in detail in Case A, within the context of the pilot project. The case ends with an open question from Michel as to how he might best roll out Lean to the rest of the organization. This then sets up a discussion on Change management, and the strategies and leadership issues that will arrise in such a large change management effort. Case B reflects on what Michel actually did to roll out the intitiative glbally, and he reflections on the lessons learned from the exercise.