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Quality Management 2.0 Blog
We Stand on their Shoulders: Deming and Juran – Pioneers of Quality Control & Quality Assurance
There are not a lot of compelling pluses I can point to for getting older but there are some diamonds among the rust. The events I’ve seen and the people I have met take some of the sting out of the creaking of aging. Over the decades I have had the amazing opportunity to meet some of the people who pioneered and shaped the discipline of Quality Control and Quality Assurance.
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.
Since the inception of our Quality Management 2.0 Blog, we've written much content on quality assurance and quality control. Topics have ranged from how-to steps involving your quality management system, to informative posts on basic tools and philosophies of quality.
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.
Considering the aspects that go into both an organization's quality management system and their overarching business plan, there are similarities and differences that must be taken into account.
Inspecting your incoming and outgoing goods is a vital facet of ensuring your organization's product quality. Quality assurance management via consistent collection and analysis of data enables manufacturers to identify defects and quickly initiate process improvements. Companies that automate their IG/OG processes with software tools achieve lower quality costs and greater efficiency.
The FDA has increased focus on the effectiveness of failure investigations during recent inspections. A review of recent 483 observations and warning letters clearly demonstrate the agency’s current concern about the adequacy of failure investigations to really identify root cause. Effective failure investigation to true root cause is the heart of the CAPA (corrective actions and preventive actions) system.
Topics: Quality Management Systems, Document Management Software, Corrective Actions and Preventive Actions, Stephen Cummings, Quality Control in Manufacturing, Quality Assurance Software, Customer Q&A
The Certified Quality Improvement Associate exam, offered by ASQ, reflects that the certificate holder has a basic knowledge of quality management tools and their implementation.