Tag Archives: ISO

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?

Final Step Before ISO 9001 Certification is Data Management

We want to implement a quality management system complying with ISO 9001. We divided the ISO QMS implementation project into four distinct phases. First we built the foundation processes, followed by continual improvement process, and the management processes. At this point we have covered how to comply with most of the ISO 9001 QMS requirements.  Now we will cover the final phase; complying with the requirements of Clause 8. The final step before ISO 9001 certification is data management. Continue reading Final Step Before ISO 9001 Certification is Data Management

What’s a Lean ISO Quality System?

What do you think of when you hear Lean ISO Quality System? Actually, what is the first thing you think of when you hear the term “ISO 9001”? Lengthy policies, complicated procedures, and miles of forms to fill out? A bureaucracy that rivals the US government in size and complexity? Intense, week-long audits that make waterboarding seem like spa therapy? You may be misinformed — ISO 9001 is based on sound business practices and is designed to help your organization improve incrementally. What’s a Lean ISO Quality System? Continue reading What’s a Lean ISO Quality System?

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?