Thursday, June 9, 2016

When Do You Know The 787 Has Reached Maturity?

"Boeing reorg streamlines 787 production oversight"

So says the "Seattle Times" and Beverley Wyse, Chef 787 trouble shooter from Charleston, SC. Who has repositioned herself back to Seattle as... President of Shared Services or whatever the heck that is. It sounds like a golden parachute was deployed for her as loose ends have been mopped up for Charleston’s production output.

"Along with a shift in the reporting structure for management of its 787 production sites on opposite coasts, the company announced Beverly Wyse will be president of its Shared Services Group.”

It also signals a bench mark is now in place for reaching 14 787's a month with a joined effort of its Everett, Wa. facility. Beverley is ready to collect a career dividend with a new functionary duty of Boeing's Shared Services Group. "Huh?"  

... "which provides common internal services and systems company wide."

Once more, huh? 


She’ll be replaced by Joan Robinson-Berry, 56, a former McDonnell Douglas executive who has held many supplier management, business and engineering positions at Boeing. Robinson-Berry will have overall responsibility for the South Carolina site, which includes engineering and 737 MAX work, but she won’t be involved in day-to-day 787 Dreamliner operations there.

Dave Carbon, the vice president of 787 operations in South Carolina, will report not to Robinson-Berry but to Mark Jenks, 55, the Everett-based leader of the 787 program.

One last time, Huh?

The music has stopped and everyone is told to please sit down in the nearest chair. All this suggest Boeing is extremely confident in its leadership for a mature program such as the 787. The airplane wars has new generals at the helm and Boeing's battery issue is so last decade. Gone are supply chain problems, gone are strayed rivets and errant shims. The 787 has arrived as a staple Boeing mechanism towards profitability.