Aiming for perfection is a pretty lofty concept. It’s definitely not easy, especially when you’re speaking of core business processes. Moving toward perfection requires measurement, analysis, and documentation. If you really want perfection, or the closest thing to it, you need sophisticated tools, like Six Sigma tools. But…is driving toward perfection worth the effort? This article is about how to improve process control with six sigma tools. Continue reading How to Improve Process Control with Six Sigma Tools
There are many document control mistakes your company can make if not using document control software, but first off what is document control? Document control is required in order for a Quality Management System to be compliant with ISO 9001. The same is true for other standards, guidelines, and regulations — the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) , the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL), Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), and many other laws and guidelines require that you have control over your documentation. Learn how to Reduce Document Control Mistakes with Document Control Software. Continue reading How to Reduce Document Control Mistakes with Document Control Software
Do you know how to use the Theory of Constraints (TOC) to drive your performance higher than either Six Sigma or Lean Thinking combined? A constraint is a bottleneck, delay or a barrier to our full potential. The more we can reduce the barriers (constraints) to our performance, the closer we can come to realizing our full potential. How do you use the theory of constraints?sssssssssss Continue reading How Do You Use the Theory of Constraints?
As a manufacturer, you likely have to deal with large investments and the high costs of production, which is also referred to as the Cost of Poor Quality (COPQ), that often represent one of the biggest issues in the industry. If that is the case, finding new, smart ways to save money in an effort to increase your profit margin might be your number one priority. How can manufacturing companies reduce costs? Continue reading How Can Manufacturing Companies Reduce Costs?
The simplest and best definition of a procedure is “a documented process”. But that just begs the question of ‘what is a process’. When we build processes we want them to be clear so people can understand and follow them. We need them to be well-defined. Learn about what process maps are and what is a well-defined process. Continue reading What Is a Well-Defined Process?
It took a while, but large-scale manufacturing in the United States is in the midst of a resurgence. There are still issues with productivity and technology, among others, that hamper companies. A few important tweaks can turn things around. Here is how large-scale manufacturers can increase efficiency. Continue reading How Large-Scale Manufacturers Can Increase Efficiency
In the past, the Information Technology (IT) department delivered the systems. What is now required is for IT to move beyond a systems focus and coordinate with the people in your organization in what we call Business Process Management (BPM). IT is the medium that transforms ideas into intellectual property. Corporate strategy changes over time but always requires the alignment of people and processes in order to realize the mission of the organization. So what Is business process management? Continue reading What Is Business Process Management? – What is BPM?
Are you solving problems or improving the process? In other words, if you find a problem in a process and implement change to fix it, then did you improve the process? Well, maybe… Sure, solving problems may be an important thing to do, but it is not the same as improving processes. Continue reading Are You Solving Problems or Improving the Process?
Small-scale businesses such as startups or IT and marketing agencies can often feel underpowered compared to large-scale enterprises. However, artificial intelligence (AI) is slowly making it possible for small businesses to compete in the big league thanks to machine learning AI algorithms. How do you use artificial intelligence in a small business?
All companies have business processes. Some are well defined, but many are ad-hoc, leaving employees uncertain as to whether there is a process at all. Ask yourself: do company policies exist if they’re not documented? Many people then ask: what are the critical business processes, policies, and procedures in a company? Continue reading What are the Critical Business Processes, Policies, and Procedures in a Company?