Started the day by visiting the nearby Harley Davidson factory in Kansas City. I’m not a bike person, but I appreciate craftsmanship and HD’s ability to gardner customer loyalty.

  • all workers who drive HDs park in the very front of the building, there is a lot of pride in showing off their personal machines</ul>
  • HD managers and factor workers and undistinguishable, they all wear identical clothing (mostly HD gear but it is not required) the only tie I saw was worn by a visitor
  • managers and workers use the same dining area and parking
  • managers and union leaders share the same office space
  • plant workers in different cells are responsible for self-organizing and prioritizing duties
  • all workers in each cell are required to switch off every job, every worker knows every duty of the job
  • robots are cool, lots of precision robot work is performed, but hand-checked by humans

After the trip to HD, we hunted down a local bookstore (Prospero’s) where Jen found a couple of treasures and then walked around downtown KC. We found the library, which has a really impressive display of large books that decorate the outside of the library’s parking structure.
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We also found a neat little market and picked up some fruit. kc_09

We headed back to the hotel and walked over to the crown center where we had a really unremarkable lunch. We took and hour or so out to check email and catch up with the outside world.

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We headed out to Kauffman Stadium to see the White Sox vs the Royals. It lives in a sport’s complex similar to Philadelphia where there is a baseball stadium next to a football stadium, etc .. It was really out in the middle of nowhere with nothing around it. It felt a lot more like a nice minor-league stadium. Burhle pitched a great game and we had great seats, nothing could have been better.



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02 July 2009

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