Tag Archives: 9001

What Is ISO?

In the old days of Kodachrome film (before digital cameras) ISO was used as a measure of how receptive your film is to light as indicated by the numbers – 100, 200, 400, 800 for film speed. A higher ISO number meant more sensitivity, but more noise or a larger grain in the resulting photo, which in turn required more light (longer shutter or wider f stop). Continue reading What Is ISO?

How is PDCA Related to ISO 9001?

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?

What Is a Lean ISO 9001 System?

The old adage frequently applied to ISO 9001 is “Say what you do and do what you say?” Some organizations seem to take this to mean “Write down everything you do,” but that is really not required by the standard. The actual requirement is that processes are well-defined and responsibilities clearly communicated. Continue reading What Is a Lean ISO 9001 System?