Anyone familiar with computer spreadsheets (e.g. Excel) will be familiar with cell formatting and the different data types (numbers, text, currency, etc.) and a competent computer programmer will be all too aware of the need for consistent data types within variables. Continue reading
I’ve previously written about KPIs and making sure they relate to what is meaningful and are not just set because they’re expected – do that and they can have the opposite effect to what is needed.
The various schemes can only provide a structure – they won’t actually solve any problems (other than the all too common one of not having any structure to the process)! Continue reading
This is closely allied to what I’ve previously written about in presenting some of the key ideas of Deming, Juran, Crosby, et. al. under “Improvement” in that it addresses ways to make changes, and especially Juran with his six-step Breakthrough. However, solving problems is such an important topic that I want to spend a little more time on it. Continue reading
That seems to be a simple question: it’s something that’s not right! Almost – but not quite. Continue reading
“What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President of the USA. Continue reading
The quality world is entranced by ISO9001 and certification, almost essential in western business, and it employs many in compliance auditing. Even first and second party audits focus on compliance. Inspection is frequently reduced to pass or fail judgements. But is that the only way to think, or even the best way? Continue reading