Back to Basics


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Back to Basics: Blueprint for Success

by Theurer, Tiea

There are three prongs to a strong supply chain: the quality of the inputs into the product, the delivery of the product, and understanding the product's design....

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Back to Basics: The Right Questions

by Ďurej, Ondrej

All problem solving begins with a problem description. One of the best and most-used methods for describing a problem is five Ws and two Hs, or 5W2H, where the questions who, what, where, when, why, how and how many/much are asked....

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Back to Basics: Mission Critical

by Fraser, Lorraine

Quality is critically important to organizations because it is closely tied to customer satisfaction, loyalty and the growth and sustenance of business. To ensure it is always meeting customer needs, an organization must establish a culture of quality....

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Back to Basics: The Language of Business

by Harkins, Ray

Harvard Business Review published a landmark article by Dr. Armand Feigenbaum titled “Total Quality Control.” Feigenbaum contributed broadly to the field of management science throughout his career and even served as president of ASQ in the early 1960s....

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Back to Basics: Level Up

by Harkins, Ray

Developing and using metrics such as OEE that highlight an organization’s best opportunities for improvement have the potential to unlock the next level of profitability....

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Back to Basics: How Much Is Too Much?

by Kirsch, Gary

Do you have too much inventory? Nearly everyone who has studied continuous improvement methods recognizes that inventory is one of the original seven wastes of lean (transportation, inventory, motion, waiting, overproduction, overprocessing and defects)....

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