A Quality Management System (QMS) is a management system pure and simple. It is not quality’s management system; it is a management system that, if done right, produces quality products. A Quality Management Systems is built for ISO registration, to satisfy customer requirements, or to produce better products. Building a Quality Management System in 10 easy steps is not hard if you follow these steps. Continue reading Quality Management System in 10 Easy Steps
There is no simple answer to the question of the time commitment for an ISO Quality Management System (QMS). There are a number of variables to consider including the ISO standard you are registered to, the number of employees, the capability of your management team, the complexity of your business processes, and your knowledge of quality. The answers to such questions will determine the level of effort required to maintain an ISO system. How much time do you spend on your ISO QMS annually? Continue reading How Much Time Do You Spend on Your ISO QMS Annually?
If your are Starting ISO Certification, you will be moving into implementation. You will need to have already established a Quality Management System (QMS) that meets the basic general requirements described in Clause 4, plus implemented the continual improvement processes described in Clause 9 and 10. Now is a good time to begin Implementing ISO 9001 Clause 5 & 7 Leadership. Continue reading How to Implement ISO 9001 Clause 5 & 7 Leadership and Resources
Quality planning is how we plan to make a product (or deliver a service) correctly. Think of it as planning to make the perfect product (or deliver the perfect service) experience for your customer. Ah, the perfect order, from the perfect customer… But what does Quality Planning mean?
Implementing an ISO 9001 system represents a major change and commitment to quality. All of that effort can represent a significant strategic shift for a business – from quantity to quality. And this could make sure your business gets more effective in achieving desired results. How do you become ISO 9001 compliant? Continue reading How Do You Become ISO 9001 Compliant?
PDCA (Plan Do Check Act) Cycles refers to the PDCA wheel (Figure 1) and the continuous motion that PDCA requires. PDCA is not as easy as it sounds but, if you are interested in ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems (QMS), then you will find that an ISO 9001 PDCA cycle is the solid foundation. Master PDCA and you will become the master of your ISO 9001 QMS. But how is PDCA related to ISO 9001? Continue reading How is PDCA Related to ISO 9001?
Implementing ISO 9001 as a Quality Management System can improve your business. A common misconception about the ISO 9001 Standard is that it is a document nightmare. Actually, there are very limited document requirements in the standard. So, how can implementing ISO 9001 can make your company more competitive? Continue reading How ISO 9001 Can Make Your Company More Competitive
What does ISO stand for? What does it even mean? It appears that ISO means different things to different people. Learn meaning of ISO. Continue reading What Does ISO Mean?
Lean ISO 9001? To many of you this will seem like a contradiction in terms. The term Lean and ISO 9001 are not generally used together, but why not? Does a Quality Management System (QMS) have to be complicated and cumbersome? Do Lean and ISO 9001 Go Together? Continue reading Do Lean and ISO 9001 Go Together?