Audit Checklist: 5 Tips for Making Audits More Efficient and Effective

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Nov 15, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

If your company has one of the more than 1 million ISO 9001 certificates worldwide, you might be sweating the 2018 deadline to update to ISO 9001:2015. As of 2018, the 2008 version will be history, and recertifying to the standard will mean complying with the updated requirements.

Whether ISO-related or otherwise, audits can easily bog you down if you don’t approach the process strategically.

In this post, you’ll get 5 practical tips for making your audits more efficient and effective.

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Technology’s Role in Achieving Six Sigma

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Oct 27, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

Six Sigma is all about minimizing variability, aiming to reduce defective parts to less than 3.4 per million opportunities. It’s an ambitious goal by any standard, and one that’s difficult to achieve without tech tools to help you get there.

So what is technology’s role in helping companies achieve Six Sigma? Let’s look at some of the most essential tools, arranged around to the Plan-Do-Check-Act approach to continuous improvement used in many industries.

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4 Risk Assessment Tools All Quality Pros Should Have in Their Toolbox

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Oct 11, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

In work and in life, success is often the result of hard work and persistence rather than genius or inborn talent. And while some people are naturals when it comes to crunching numbers, others know you don’t have to have all the answers—you just have to know where to find them.

In quality management, making the right choice comes down to having the right tools at hand. In this post, we’ll look at 4 critical risk assessment tools all quality professionals should have in their toolbox.

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The Proactive Quality Economy – People First

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Oct 05, 2016 / by Tim Lozier

People First – A Second Chance to Catch Recent EtQ Blog Posts on the Importance of People in Quality Management

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4 Document Control Gaps That Can Cause Big Problems (and How to Avoid Them)

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Sep 29, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

Document control is central to certification and regulatory requirements that include multiple ISO standards, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).

And yet, according to a McKinsey & Company report, employees spend almost 20% of their time searching for and gathering internal information. That means out of every 5 workers, only 4 are actually getting work done at any given moment.

The problem points to how common document control problems are in many organizations. In this post, we’ll examine 4 of the most common document control gaps and what you can do to fix them.

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How Companies like Jaguar Land Rover are Fostering an Enterprise-Wide Quality Culture

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Sep 14, 2016 / by Tim Lozier

How to Establish an Enterprise-Wide Quality Culture That Will Drive Your Business’s Growth and Profitability

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How Talent and Skills Affect Quality and the Bottom Line

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Sep 07, 2016 / by Tim Lozier

With Better Talent Management, Your Business Can Drive Bottom Line Success Through Quality and Compliance

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The Proactive Quality Economy – Putting People First

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Aug 18, 2016 / by Tim Lozier


How Strong is the Quality Culture Across Your Enterprise?

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Bowtie, Risk Matrix or Decision Tree: Which Should You Use?

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Jul 14, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

I’m the type of person who prefers my neighborhood hardware store over the big box home improvement places. Sure, there are fewer options, but that makes choosing easier. What’s more, the employees at my local store are infinitely more helpful, asking what I want and walking me directly to the tools I need.

Today’s post will help you better understand exactly the Risk Management tools you need for different situations. We’ll look at 3 essential risk models in your EHS or quality management toolkit: the bowtie, the risk matrix and the decision tree.

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The Corrective Action Web: Why Integration is Key to Adverse Event Resolution

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Jun 28, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

When we look at problems in isolation, it tends to slow our response time. For example, if you were to look at a child whose grades were slipping, it would be a mistake to focus solely on GPA and academic potential. Considering the full context of the student’s life, you might see the kid is struggling with a difficult home situation, or maybe not getting enough sleep.

The same goes for resolving adverse events in the quality management world. Taking a problem at face value without understanding it in context slows down the time it takes to get to the true root of the issue. What’s more, a lack of integrated tools slows down the time it takes to actually resolve the problem.

Let’s look at some areas where integration of Corrective Action tools with other quality management processes helps resolve adverse events faster.

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