Manufacturing Team Challenge
The skill involves conceiving, designing, and completing a manufacturing project as part of an effective and efficient team of specialists. While individual skills are important, being able to work with others as part of a team is the key to the success of any project.
This skill challenge brings together a team of complementary specialists that could include project management, electronics, programming, machining, and computer aided design. Time, cost, and quality are all factors in this competition. It means that in addition to individual talents participants must contribute to the team as a whole, showing self-awareness, interpersonal skills, and thinking outside the boundaries of their own area of expertise.
Teams of qualified specialists are highly sought after in the industrial sector. A growing demand for efficient manufacturing teams results from the need to produce high-quality machine and device components, lifts, conveyors, bridges, ships, stamping tools, bending units, or mechatronic systems, as well as assemble and test them.
Competitors and results
Teamwork came to existence when ancient people realized that cooperative hunting was much more effective.
Manufacturing teams have deep historical roots: cooperative craft societies were common in Russia, group decision making was popular in Japan, in Western Europe there were craftsmen associations.
Taylorism (strict labour differentiation model) meeting the requirements of mass production has been opposing the team challenge for a long time.
In 1949, the first self-directed work team was put into action at a mine site in South Yorkshire.
In Germany, 80% of team members consider an opportunity to learn from colleagues the winning advantage of teamwork.
The founder of Apple Steve Jobs compared his staff members to the rock tumbler in which rocks are polished by bumping up against each other thus making one another better.