Back to Basics

2015

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Back to Basics: Contrasting Priorities

by Force, Scott

Because quality professionals can’t address every customer complaint, eliminate all process defects or implement every solution a team develops, prioritization is vital....


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Back to Basics: Deconstructing Risk

by Kumar Khare, Ashwani

Ten tips can help reduce procurement risk in an engineering, procurement and construction project....


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Back to Basics: Know Your Roots

by Gaskill, Tyler

Organizations must address their employees’ lack of expertise in root cause analysis. Making it a priority to deliberately practice and cultivate this skill provides organizations long-term, competitive advantages....


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Back to Basics: Just Do It

by Townsley, Rick

Quality organizations don’t always need certifications. Some organizations understand what it takes to be successful without all of the policies, procedures, work instructions and reams of documentation....


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Back to Basics: Sufficient Evidence

by Suedbeck, John

A U.S. Federal Drug Administration standard on quality risk management provides guidance for applying quality risk management to supplier evaluation systems....


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Back to Basics: Substantiation Test

by Mitchell, Joseph Paul

Hypothesis testing is one of many Six Sigma tools used for process improvement. Recently, it was part of a manufacturer's define, measure, analyze, improve and control investigation concerning a suspected variance of mechanical properties in steel tubing....


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Back to Basics: 1+1 = Zero Defects

by Hermenitt, Chris

Control plans, in conjunction with process failure mode and effects analysis, can be used to prevent problems and save organizations money by identifying prevention controls and ensuring their successful implementation....


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Back to Basics: Why Ask Why?

by Chadha, Rajeev

Identifying latent causes early can prevent other organizational issues. Although intensive investigation and what may seem like a tedious amount of evidence collection may be required, these steps are imperative to proceed with corrective action....


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Back to Basics: In the Beginning ...

by Nelson, Dan

The 2015 version of ISO 9001 is expected to clarify the requirements to apply a process approach to quality management. A common question arises from those new to the process approach: “Where does a process begin and where does it end?”...


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Back to Basics: Eight Simple Steps

by Sharma, Mohit

Collecting data is a critical and important step in putting a project together. In experience reviewing projects, I have seen Black Belts often make mistakes in collecting data. This affects the overall result....


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Back to Basics: The Art of Root Cause Analysis

by A, Vidyasagar;

Root cause analysis reminds me of the intriguing mind of a child: Both use common questions that start with “what,” “how” or “why” in an attempt to understand something and uncover answers....


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Back to Basics: Putting It All on the Table

by Goffnett, Sean

Stakeholder analysis and communication are critical to project success. It’s essential that the right communication reach the right people at the right time....


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Volviendo a los Fundamentos: Pongalo todo sobre la mesa

by Goffnett, Sean

Stakeholder analysis and communication are critical to project success. It’s essential that the right communication reach the right people at the right time....



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