Earthquakes aren’t generally good for business.

But for Carolyn Corvi, Vice President – General Manager, Airplane Production at Boeing,
one earthquake in particular helped instigate a major cultural and physical change for
its Boeing 737 manufacturing site in Renton, Washington. This potential tragedy resulted
in a dramatic change to the face and working model of Boeing’s 737 operations that
included production gains of 50%, a space reduction of 40%, and a cultural shift to
on-site teamwork and persistent communication.

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