Baking a potatoes the Automotive Industry Way.  

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9/3/2005 12:25 pm

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Baking a potatoes the Automotive Industry Way.

Honda's baked potato
Preheat new high-quality oven to 350 F. Insert potato. Go do something productive for 45 minutes.
Check for doneness, and then remove perfectly baked potato from oven and serve.

GM's baked potato
Instruct and Idaho potato supplier to preheat oven to 350 F. Demand that the supplier show you how he turned the dial to reach 350 F, and have him come up with documentation from the oven manufacturer proving that it was calibrated properly. Review documentation, then have the supplier check the temperature using sophisticated temperature probe. Direct the supplier to insert the potato and set the timer for 45 minutes. Have the supplier open oven to prove potato has been installed correctly, and request a free study proving 45 minutes is the ideal time to bake a potato of this size.
Check the potato for doneness after 10 minutes. Check the potato for doneness after 11 minutes. Check the potato for doneness after 12 minutes. Become impatient with supplier (why is this simple potato taking so long to bake?). Demand status reports every 5 minutes. Check potato for doneness after 15 minutes. After 35 minutes, conclude that potato is nearing completion. Congratulate supplier, and then update your boss on all the great work you've done, despite having to work with such an uncooperative supplier.
Remove potato from oven after 40 minutes of baking, as a cost savings, without loss of function or quality vs. the original 45-minute baking time. Serve potato. Wonder aloud what on earth those Japanese folks are doing over there to make such good, low-cost baked potatoes that people seem to like better than GM potatoes.

DaimierChrysler's baked potato
Design a great-looking potato. Include sour cream, bacon bits, chives, and cheese. Bean counters then create MCM system. Engineers spend two years looking for ways to take out sour cream, bacon bits, chives, and cheese. Engineers
find cheap imitation chives from Japanese supplier. Management commands engineers to use expensive, overengineered German bacon bits to help prop up weak German suppliers. Sell potato with cheap imitation chives and no sour cream, chesses, or expensive German bacon bits. Potato rots so fast customer swears never to buy another DC potato.

Ford's baked potato
Engineers create plain-looking, "everyman" potato.
Sold as "green" alternative to french fries. When microwaved, potato explodes, causing death and injury to customers and bringing end to 100-year potato and butter-supplier relationship.
Lawyers flourish.
Source: IMM, August 2005.

greatnsexy69 47M

9/4/2005 11:21 am

Dude, tha't freakin' hilarious!

12 posts
9/4/2005 1:01 pm

I work in manufacturing, not in automotive though, but I know plenty of people that do. Being an automotive supplier can be a real pain in the ass, they really make suppliers jump through hoops. Sometimes for no reason they just pull all their jobs from a supplier, and the company goes under.

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