As a quality management software organization, we found the recent notion of 10,000 hours experience and practice requirement outlined in the 2011 Malcolm Gladwell book interesting. In his book, "Outliers", Gladwell demonstrates this point by delving into the backgrounds of remarkable people (such as Bill Gates and the Beatles, to name a few) by focusing on the circumstances surrounding their success. In his analysis, he determined that no one who succeeds does so without 10,000 hours of practice.
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In this video presented at the 20th Annual Audit Division Conference by ASQ, the organization delves into the real costs of poor quality: devastating environmental damage and the loss of human life. Let's take a closer look at the three notorious poor quality examples cited in this Cost of Poor Quality video.
According the the Aberdeen Group Study on Enterprise Asset Management in 2012, it was found that Best-In-Class companies shared characteristics in a common category: Technology.
According to a recent article from Quality Progress magazine, Toyota and its brands top the Consumer Reports list for Auto Reliability. The luxury nameplate Lexus came in second of the 2011 rankings, Toyota in the fifth slot, with the youth-targeted Scion model topping the list with the #1 Auto Reliability Survey slot, beating out all other competitors for the second year in a row. (Source: QP Magazine, December 2011 edition, Brett Krzykowski)
The brand is also known for its development of the Toyota Production System, which is a socio-technical system, that comprises its quality management systems philosophy and practices. The following are some interesting excerpts of a 2009 presentation of the Toyota Way Principles that shed some light on its quality assurance management.1) Long Term Philosophy
Base your management decisions on a long term philosophy, even at the expense of short term financial goals.
2) The Right Process Will Produce the Right Results
Create continuous process flow to bring problems to the surface. Use visual control so no problems are hidden, and use reliable, thoroughly tested process management software technology that serves your people and processes.
3) Add Value to the Organization by Developing Your People and Partners. Grow leaders who thoroughly understand the work and live the philosophy. Respect your extended network of partners and suppliers by challenging them and helping them to improve. (Source: 14 Toyota Way Principles, 2009)
We are all aware that the FDA is taking a much stronger position in the world of enforcement and inspection activity. While many of us have had good relationships with our District office over the years (and work hard to maintain those relationships) we should always make certain we are well prepared when the agents show up at our door. Maybe it’s time for a brief refresher with the latest whitepaper now available for download, "Key Strategies to Succeed at your Next FDA Inspection"
Are you planning to attend the upcoming Pacific Design & Manufacturing show in Anaheim, California next week? On Day 3 of the show (February 16th) at 12:00pm, IBS America's VP of Marketing Stephen Cummings (pictured right) will be delivering an Innovation Brief on how sustainability initiatives can easily be implemented with the right quality management software. These complimentary Innovation Briefs will be located at booth #5293, where knowledgeable industry experts have been invited to give informative presentations on the latest trending topics in design and manufacturing.
Manufacturers improve shop floor quality control by consistently monitoring their production processes and eliminating factors that can damage product quality. But identifying and documenting defects can be a challenging, time-consuming process. Quality managers often feel caught between a desire to take proactive measures against factors impacting production, and budgetary and time constraints that prevent them from performing statistical process control. Quality assurance software from IBS is the solution.