Back to Basics


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Column: Back to Basics: Supplier Selection and Maintenance

by Arter, Dennis R.

The extent you go to depends on the associated cost, production and risk

Companies in the United States use government laws and contract requirements to select suppliers and monitor their suppliers’ performance. To control the goods and services companies buy, they must thoroughly define their requirements for the items or tas...

Separate the Vital Few from the Trivial Many

by Hartman, Melissa

A Pareto diagram can help you decide which improvement efforts to make first

A Pareto diagram is a bar graph, and each bar represents a category. This Pareto principle was developed by Joseph Juran, based on the work of Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto (1848-1923). Common measures include the number of occurrences in each categor...

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Column: Back to Basics: Solve Problems With Open Communication

by Duffy, Grace L.; Bauer, John; Moran, John W.

A force field analysis helps employees meet organizational goals

A force field analysis is a tool that can help employees resolve issues to meet the goals of their organizations. It helps identify forces currently supporting or working against the solution of an issue, so positives can be...

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Column: Back to Basics: Use Check Sheets To Identify The Causes of Downtime

by Bothe , Davis R.

A true case study demonstrates how organizing information can help solve problems

In an attempt to reduce or eliminate downtime, organizations must identify the problems causing the downtime in the first place. After all, you can't solve a problem if you don't know what's causing it. But where do you begin when you have no idea what...

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