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Ryan E. Day's picture
Ryan E. Day
Sponsored Content For growth-minded organizations like TS Tech, global supplier of automobile seats and interiors, “the way we’ve always done it” is rarely good enough. As a tier-one supplier to...
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Victor Prince
A few summers ago, I hiked the ancient Camino de Santiago trail across Spain. It was the best month of my life for many reasons. Along with a lot of other great things I got by walking almost 500...
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Tim Lozier
Sponsored Content The difference between cloud providers is often found in their chosen deployment method. Typically, software can be implemented either through multi-tenant or dedicated cloud...
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Therese Graff
A recent article in The Wall Street Journal (“The Reason Southwest Stopped Overbooking”), which contained excerpts from an interview with Southwest Airlines’ CEO Gary Kelly, brought out the need to...
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Ryan E. Day
Sponsored Content What do cocoa, socks, and smartphones have in common? If you guessed risk of slavery in the manufacturing supply chain, you are correct. Does your organization have an...
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Dirk Dusharme @ Quality Digest
Our August 11, 2017, episode of QDL looked at the role of technology in after-market service, stairs that help you up, Fidget Cubes, and more. “Climbing Stairs Just Got Easier With Energy-Recycling...
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Ryan E. Day
Innovation within industry is a must to improve processes, products, and customer experience. Although some innovations, like Amazon’s floating distribution center, seem implausible, other sci-fi...
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Mike Richman
The dog days of summer are here, but the Aug. 4, 2017, episode of QDL offered lots of cool content. Let’s take a closer look: “What Went Wrong With the F-35?” One expert calls the Lockheed Martin’s...
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Bruce Weinberg
Science funding is intended to support the production of new knowledge and ideas that develop new technologies, improve medical treatments, and strengthen the economy. The idea goes back to...
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Jun Nakamuro
Japanese improvement techniques have been emulated across the globe for decades, and none carries more cultural weight than the theory of kaizen. When I expose Western leaders to lean practices in...
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John Stepper
Whenever I talk to organizations about open, connected ways of working, this question inevitably comes up: “How do you get leaders to do it?”  It’s a problem. Most often, managers simply don’t...
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Michael Hughes
The F-35 was billed as a fighter jet that could do almost everything the U.S. military desired, serving the Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy—and even Britain’s Royal Air Force and Royal Navy—all...
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Fred Schenkelberg
Our customers, suppliers, and peers seem to confuse reliability information with mean time between failure (MTBF). Why is that? Is it a convenient shorthand? Maybe I’m the one confused,...
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Coleman Flanagan
Sponsored Content Your life as a nondestructive testing (NDT) inspector is not always easy. And if you’re engaged in rope access inspections, you face additional challenges. Whether you’re dangling...
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Mark Whitworth
For decades, audit management has centered on paper checklists, with tracking moving to Excel spreadsheets in more recent years. Despite growing adoption of cloud-based manufacturing software, many...
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John Guaspari
‘You want me to pull the kids out of school for what?” I could tell that my wife didn’t like my idea because she had used the tone she uses when I say something that is, to employ the pet phrase...
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Jeffrey Phillips
I have just returned from a trip to Dubai to speak at an innovation conference there. This is my third trip to Dubai, and I always come away consistently amazed at what the people and the...
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Jesse Lyn Stoner
Jerome said his biggest problem was time management. He was overloaded, deadlines were getting missed, and he was stressed. Managing his team was his biggest time drain. “When they ask me...
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Kelly Graves
The following is an excerpt from Kelly Graves’ book, The Management and Employee Development Review (CRC Press, 2016). When Darwin first made famous the term “survival of the fittest,” I don’t...
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Dan Jacob
The most recent decade has seen rapid advances in connectivity, mobility, analytics, scalability, and data, spawning what has been called the fourth industrial revolution, or Industry 4.0. This...