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Ever since people began handing down information from person to person and parent to child, there has been something called tribal knowledge. Almost everyone can point to a specific skill they have or knowledge they possess that was transferred to them by an elder. This elder may have been a relative, a community member, a teacher or a coworker. I certainly rely regularly on wisdom and skills I gained from all of the above. One situation in particular stands out in my memory as a teachable moment I have never forgotten.
Being held at the Marriott Long Wharf, this conference is the perfect place to find what you need to accelerate your project to completion by meeting with key suppliers who can address your questions about compliance, quality and regulatory. 25+ key leaders provide the latest and most critical insight into the medical device and larger health care industry.
Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) is very often underutilized in many companies. The key is to catch failures before they happen, thus reducing costs in the long run. And in today’s world reducing costs while keeping quality up is an indicator for success in this global economy. A lot of companies I visited recently have need for a tool that helps them manage their FMEA process. But sometimes they just do it because they “have to” – their customer requires it, government regulations require it or it’s just to simply please someone else’s needs. A more functional approach would be to use software solutions to help manage their overall process. Microsoft Excel is great and probably the most commonly used tool but it has its limitations. Using a more sophisticated software solution gives you additional tools to grow the use of FMEA throughout your company. Leveraging parent-child relationships between FMEAs, the ability to report with a one click on Risk Priority Numbers (RPN), visualize defect nets and accessing libraries of data points gives you the edge in growing a foundation of thought leadership and lessons learned within your company. Following an Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) approach utilizing both Design Failure Mode Effects Analysis (DFMEA) and Process Failure Mode Effects Analysis (PFMEA) referencing both is crucial for successful FMEA implementation.
Scanning has become essential in the operation of practically all types of businesses, especially in view of the huge volume of documents each organization receives day after day. More and more businesses are implementing document management solutions, an important part of which is document scanning and storage. One of the questions business owners are faced with, where scanning is concerned, is that of which approach is better: distributed or centralized scanning? Here, we attempt to answer this question.
“Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics”
Failed projects, even if not directly your fault, can be detrimental to your career.
Quality professionals are drivers of change - and change isn't always easy, especially when organizations have longtime employees that are set in their ways. However, change is often necessary for continuous improvement: and efforts must be made to make changes happen. We understand that both change, and effective leadership, is difficult. Yet the cornerstones for transformation require self-mastery, interpersonal mastery, value exchange - and, most importantly, change methodology - or the quality assurance management tools that you are already familiar with.
Companies that consider environmental protection, occupational health and safety as important as providing quality products usually have managers and departments responsible for these areas. They are called Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) departments, also known as SHE or HSE departments. EHS management has two general objectives: prevention of incidents or accidents that might result from abnormal operating conditions on the one hand and reduction of adverse effects that result from normal operating conditions on the other hand.
It was the end of a long and frustrating day. My long-time colleague, Tisha Tomlinson and I were discussing the situation and trying to plan a strategy that met the needs of all involved parties, over dirty martinis with extra olives. We had spent the day with various Quality and EH&S personnel at one of our large, long-time clients. The company senior management was pushing to expand their product usage to include EH&S.
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