DEARBORN - Ford stamping plant leadership gathered recently for a meeting in Dearborn but instead of a regular Ford Production System (FPS) item on the agenda that would have typically been covered with a power point presentation they played a rousing game of Jeopardy.
For this particular Jeopardy game, however, the categories weren’t Science, U.S. History or Trivia. They were Culture, Issues Escalation and Operating Systems, just to name a few.
“As we progress with the implementation of the FPS, it is critical for our leadership at the plants to teach the FPS standards. And for them to teach the standards they need to learn and understand them,” said Liliana Ramirez-Jones, manager, North America FPS, who also hosted the game. “Jeopardy is a different way of learning that is fun.”
The FPS Jeopardy game was played very much like the television program. The group was broken up into three teams and each player had a buzzer. There were six categories related to FPS and each category had point values from 400 to 2,000. Players chose categories and points from an interactive game board displayed on a projected screen. Correct answers received the points. Players who answered incorrectly had the points deducted from their score.
One of the teams chose Issues Escalation for 1,200, and the question was: True or false. . . Issues Escalation is only for equipment-related issues that are identified? The correct answer was “What is False.”
Another team chose Culture for 2,000, and the question was: A change in this is required to change our culture? The correct answer was “What are behaviors.”
The atmosphere throughout the game was light and playful. Paul Kosaian, director, Stamping Operations, says he believes FPS Jeopardy is a fun way to educate people.
“Utilizing different teaching methods such as FPS Jeopardy allows our teams to learn the concepts while building teamwork and having some fun,” he said. “We definitely accomplished our goal of a deeper understanding of the process.”
Woodhaven Plant Manager Andrew Herbert recently played FPS Jeopardy with team members at his facility.
“The Jeopardy game was more fun than going through a Power Point presentation,” he said. “It gave us a new way to challenge our team that was a lot more interactive!”
Ramirez-Jones says she would like to see FPS Jeopardy continue to be used as a teaching tool.
“The interactive nature of the game enables everyone to understand different interpretations of the standards,” she said. “It is a great way for leadership to learn and then transfer the knowledge to their team.”