Quality Insider Features

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Michelle LaBrosse
We all have one hiding over there in the groan zone. It’s the unfinished project that lives in a strange sort of limbo. As Nassim Nicholas Taleb reminds us in The Black Swan (Random House, 2007),...
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Chet Marchwinski
Ihave had a big smile on my face for much of the last month because I’ve had the opportunity to visit progressive organizations on three continents to look at their efforts to create lean value...
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Denise Robitaille
T was the night before Christmas and all through the plant Not a technician was stirring, no quality rants. Performance charts were pinned to the cork board with care, In hopes that, their...
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Jay Arthur—The KnowWare Man
After a meal at a local Chinese restaurant, my fortune cookie said, “If you keep too busy learning the tricks of the trade, you may never learn the trade.” When I think about how this applies to Six...
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Cathy Sunshine
The only thing worse for companies than making bad decisions is having a deeply flawed decision-making process. Every business leader faces stressful situations that require immediate action, but...
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Eric Clower
The economic downturn has caused heartache, sleepless nights, fatigue, and excessive stress for many people at all levels of most companies this past year. It was no different for me. The company I...
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Michael Raphael
The year 2009 contains two significant anniversaries within the scientific community: the bicentennial of Charles Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of the...
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Davis Balestracci
The economy has become a convenient excuse on which to pin the blame for everything—especially job losses. Well, in the case of quality positions, yes… and no. A sobering thought: Will the...
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BSI
With security breaches on the rise, protecting your organization’s confidential and valuable information assets is one of the most important safety measures your organization can take. The issues...
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Bruce Rosenstein
In a legendary 70-year career, Peter Drucker, “the father of modern management,” revolutionized modern business practices, transforming management theory into a serious discipline. His influence was...
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Capture 3D
Because of their size, wind turbines are transported in individual parts to their offshore setup destination. Because individual components are manufactured at different sites, they are often put...
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Jonathan Gilbert
As if it wasn’t difficult enough tightening up the recession ropes, many organizations will soon find themselves reeling as the tide changes, and hiring and production once again swing into full...
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Jon Miller
For a group of people who claim to practice management by fact, questioning the as-given condition, we in the lean community have a troubling habit of citing and accepting made-up lean enterprise...
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Bill Kalmar
As the holiday season approaches, there are several inevitable occurrences that will try our patience. Along with people jostling in lines, especially before dawn as bargain hunters await the...
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John G. Miller
Outstanding means being superior, striking, exceptional, clearly noticeable—essentially, to stand out. People are attracted to outstanding organizations. They want to buy from them, sell to them,...
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Benny Shaviv
The rapid pace of technological advancement in the last decade has introduced both significant benefits as well as significant challenges to medical device makers. Companies these days are faced...
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David C. Crosby
Education seems to be a never ending problem for the United States. The drop-out rate in some major cities is 50 to 60 percent, or even more. With teacher strikes, tight money, and controversial...
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FARO
Most car drivers enjoy road tunnels without giving a second thought to the years of patient effort that go into the construction. In the case of the new 3.6 km-long, newly opened Vintebro tunnel...
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Sensor Products Inc.:
(Sensor Products Inc.: Madison, NJ) -- During tough economic times it is tempting to reduce quality control to cut costs. However Dolph Beyer, an engineer with Mohawk Fine Papers, asserts that doing...
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WILLIAM SCHERKENBACH
I’ve spent most of the past two years living in China where I have learned much on how enterprise is managed over there. Many people have said that this century belongs to Asia. That may be, but...