10/1/2005

Comment to Consider About “Common”

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“Common is only ‘common’ if it’s the same part number.

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“Common is only ‘common’ if it’s the same part number. It’s not ‘common, but’.”—Phil Martens, group vp, Product Creation, at the 2005 Management Briefing Seminar.

He added that one of the things that he’s known to say at meetings at Ford to those whom have the penchant for adding on the “but”: “What is it about ‘one’ don’t you understand?” It probably isn’t advantageous to have to answer that question.—GSV