The team leading the first launch of the new global platform for CD products, Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ, was tasked to complete the two vehicle launches simultaneously at the company’s Hermosillo, Assembly Plant in Mexico. Due to the extended relocation requirements, the staffing of the PD engineering launch team was comprised of 60 percent PD Mexico, both experienced and new, and an additional 15 percent Ford College Graduates. The integration of the new engineers was an additional challenge to an already difficult launch.
The leaders worked diligently with new team members, and conducted special training sessions for integration on key engineering disciplines and launch tasks – including basic AIMs, Change Control management, to more complicated engineering resolution actions. In effect, the leadership team were both executing and teaching during the launch phase.
The added tasks were faced with great enthusiasm, as team understands the need for helping foster the quick ramp-up of the next generation of leaders, both in NA and Mexico. In the latter case, this was even more relevant, as PD Mexico becomes an extension of the PD Dearborn engineering team and will soon be undertaking projects independently.
The result of these efforts will not only result in the launch of another ground-breaking product, but will have as a side story, the integration of over 70 new engineers into the PD ranks for the next generation of Ford products.
The CD4.1 Launch team leaders delivered outstanding products, while leveraging all team members to their maximum of capabilities. In doing so, they helped develop a great number of future leaders for Ford Motor Company.
CD4.1 Launch Team Leadership - Ken Osuagwu, Scott Grandinett, Pete Lazarevski, William Ho, John Galindo, Dave Morello, Warren Pierce, Alex Arenzana, Mario Alvarez, Mark Mikolaiczik, Rob Gelven, Laura Kainz, Jeff Gertley, Gil Portalatin