Quality Management 2.0 Blog

Quality Management Systems as a Preventive Mechanism

Posted by Mary McAtee on Oct 06, 2015 @ 11:30 AM

Transparency as a Corporate Imperative

Unless you have been climbing Mount Everest or spending time in an isolation tank, you have been painfully and repeatedly made aware of current issues at Volkswagen. It is early in the feeding frenzy but as we step through the debris and past the first of what will likely become a steady stream of exiting Management, there is sobering fallout that should have us all paying attention.

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Topics: Quality Management Software, QMS, Tisha Tomlinson

Quality Assurance Documentation and Communication

Posted by Mary McAtee on Oct 30, 2014 @ 03:00 PM

Teams: Life’s Lessons

My CEO sent around an interesting email that centered around a couple of my favorite subjects; personal and peer responsibility and assessing one’s impact or lack of it on the greater company good. I think that more than money or recognition the most important and soul satisfying aspect of work for me is having an impact on the broader view and the ultimate outcome of situations.

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Topics: Quality Management Systems, Quality Management Software, Quality, quality management

Quality Management Software Tools: An Evolution

Posted by Mary McAtee on Aug 22, 2014 @ 01:00 PM

It’s the end of summer and Labor Day is rapidly approaching. Many folks are squeezing in that last drop of vacation time before the kids head back to school. In that vacation mindset, let’s take a little lighter look at the quality profession.

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Topics: Quality Management Software, IBS America, QMS, Mary McAtee

Assuring Transparency in Your Quality Management System

Posted by Mary McAtee on Aug 06, 2014 @ 11:00 AM

Okay, I am officially outing myself as an old fart!  I knew what I wanted to talk about this week but no matter what title or description I came up with it screamed crotchety old person. The subject this week is personal investment and responsibility in one’s job. In my opinion, based on decades of walking shop floors and talking to all kinds of people, I’ve reached the following conclusions. In general people have a real and significant investment and pride of accomplishment in their job. This seems to remain a truism no matter how dirty, dangerous and thankless the job appeared to me. It was still “their job”. Formal education seemed to have little or nothing to do with the work ethic and pride of accomplishment demonstrated by the people I have encountered.

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Topics: Quality Management Systems, Document Management Solution, Quality Management Software, IBS America, Document Management Software, Mary McAtee

Internal Assessments Best Practices in QMS

Posted by Mary McAtee on Jul 30, 2014 @ 11:00 AM

Old School Basics Utilizing High Tech Tools

 I would have to say that one of my favorite Quality activities is performing audits and training auditors.

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Topics: Quality Management Systems, Supply Chain Management, Quality Management Software, IBS America, QMS, CAPA, Mary McAtee, Audit Management, Corrective Actions and Preventive Actions, Supply Management Software, Auditing Software, ISO9001

Risk Management - Depend on your QMS Tools

Posted by Mary McAtee on Jul 02, 2014 @ 03:15 PM

Risk Management as a Career Tool

In the last blog I vented my most annoying compliance issue. This week I thought I would switch gears to my most amusing and embarrassing Quality moments.

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Topics: Quality Management Software, QMS, Mary McAtee, Corrective Actions and Preventive Actions, Risk Management Software, Risk Management, FMEA, Risk Assessment Software, Risk Assessment & Analysis

Using Meetings & Action Items to Monitor QMS Performance & Progress

Posted by Mary McAtee on May 07, 2014 @ 11:00 AM

Separating Contributors from Inhibitors: Using Meetings and Action Items to Monitor Performance and Progress

My Grandfather was a wise old farmer and he once made an observation I have never forgotten. We were at a barn raising. Yes, they do still actually have them in the part of Kentucky I come from. There was one young man, in particular, who seemed to be everywhere yelling instructions and searching through tool boxes and kegs of nails. My Grandfather pointed him out and said “Mary, never confuse motion with accomplishment”.  I quickly began to see what he meant. For all his exhortations and constant motion he was actually contributing nothing to the work taking place and was impeding progress in some situations.

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Topics: Quality Management Systems, Quality Management Software, QMS, CAPA, Mary McAtee, Corrective Actions and Preventive Actions

Using your QMS to Empower Change Agents

Posted by Mary McAtee on Mar 24, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

“Give the people a light and they will see their way."  It was an unlikely source that brought this message home to me.

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Topics: Quality Management Systems, Quality Management Software, QMS, CAPA Software, CompliantPro, CAPA, Mary McAtee, Corrective Actions and Preventive Actions, Nonconforming Material Reports, NCMR

Quality Management Data - Historical Analysis

Posted by Mary McAtee on Mar 04, 2014 @ 11:00 AM

Tribal Knowledge: Quality Management Data for Historical Analysis                                     

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.                                                                       

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Topics: Quality Management Systems, Quality Management Software, IBS America, Mary McAtee, Quality Data Management, Best Practices

Medical Device 4th Annual Summit - IBS America Invitation

Posted by IBS America on Feb 21, 2014 @ 03:00 PM

Are you planning to attend the upcoming Medical Device 4th Annual Summit show in Boston, MA?

Are you facing questions and concerns as it relates to staying on top of regulatory updates, competitive designs and new opportunities?  

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.

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Topics: Quality Management Systems, Quality Management Software, IBS America, Tisha Tomlinson, Quality, medical device compliance and quality software, medical device summit 2014, Compliance Software, compliance

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