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?
In today’s hectic business environment, it is vital that every employee is on the same page, right? But how do we know if we meet quality standards? Continue reading How to Meet Quality Standards with ISO 9001
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?
Implementing an ISO 9001 Quality Management System can help your business. Two important topics covered so far were how it can actually help you streamline and simplify your document system (as opposed to the common misconception that ISO 9001 is a “document nightmare”). Continue reading Why Implement the ISO 9001 Standard?
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?
ISO standards are in use today by over 1,000,000 companies, worldwide. So what are they for and what is the real difference between ISO Quality Standards and the others? Continue reading What Are ISO Quality Standards?
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. Continue reading What’s a Lean ISO Quality System?
We started with how to start your ISO 9001 certification. 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. Continue reading Final Steps in Achieving ISO 9001 Certification
If your goal is ISO certification, the best method is to create a compliant QMS in stages. We have discussed getting your ISO 9001 Quality Management System (QMS) implementation project off the ground. Now we will discuss the second stage, continual improvement. Continue reading What Is ISO Continual Improvement?