Expand Your Quality Management System To The ISO 9001: 2015 Standard

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ISO standards are reviewed every five years to ensure continued relevance to the market. As such, we now have the latest ISO 9001: 2015 Standard released around September 2015. This standard has several improvements to address optimization of the Quality Management System. These improvements include: Organizations take varying approaches to addressing the latest standard requirements. Unfortunately many address the revisions …

5 Things You Need To Know About Lean Six Sigma

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Many of you reading this blog are undoubtedly recognized experts regarding Lean Six Sigma methodologies, tools, and applications. I, however, continue to receive requests both nationally and internationally to explain the origins of these improvement methodologies; their differences and similarities; which to use for success; and the strategic advantages of each. For practical matters, Lean Six Sigma can be traced …

How to Bring your Kaizen Team to The Top

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Inevitably most, if not all, Kaizen or Rapid Improvement Teams encounter problems along the way as they transform identified current state conditions into new and improved future state conditions. Typically this occurs once the current state value stream map is completed and analysis of the information begins. The problems can be an array of issues such as: poor frequency and …

Do Healthy Finances Mean a State of Performance Excellence?

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Organizations that enjoy healthy finances tend to become complacent. “Life is good” tends to be the mantra. One only needs a significant event like the Samsung Note 7 fire hazard, the Takata airbag inflator recall, or the LG Electronics recall of portable air conditioners due to fire hazards, to name a few, to create a burning platform (no pun intended) …