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IMTS was a blast, but it was great to be back home in lovely Northern California this week. On this episode of QDL, we covered the skills that workers need and the innovations that organizations want...
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With more than 110,000 expected attendees, IMTS is Chicago’s hottest suburb this week. (I like to refer to it as “Manufactureville.”) Here’s what we covered during our second show of the week, from...
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IMTS is almost here, so we previewed the show, considered an important industry-academia partnership within manufacturing, and asked serious questions about the nature of motivation. Let’s take a...
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This week’s show contained a range of fun and interesting content from some of our favorite corners of the world of quality. Here’s what we covered:  “More Unidentified Museum Objects” The...
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If you want to keep stretching and improving, you’d better get comfortable with the discomfort of change. People have been saying that for decades, yet each time we successfully adjust to new...
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The dog days of summer have arrived, but fear not! We brought you another cool episode of QDL this past Friday, covering lean improvement, the Deming philosophy, leader psychology, and Industry 4.0....
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Dirk is on vacation, so I had the show all to myself this week. To celebrate, I picked stories that resonate with my own personal perspective of quality—revolving around team building, innovation,...
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‘Culture” is one of those business-speak words that’s used a lot, but for a good reason—having the right one is the key to unlocking your company’s quality potential. On the other hand, nothing will...
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It’s now officially summertime here in northern California, which means we can expect temps in the 100s for the next few months. Fortunately, we also look forward to the cooling calm of quality to...
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Manufacturing is an eternally forward-looking sector. From the First Industrial Revolution about 250 years ago right up until the remarkable advances in connectivity and information analysis that...