The Quality and Compliance Management Guide to Stranger Things

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Dec 22, 2017 / by Emily Ysaguirre

The second season of Stranger Things was released by Netflix on October 27 th . Hopefully by now you’ve binge watched it like the rest of us, if not, spoilers ahead!

Over two fulfilling seasons we’ve traveled back to the 80s and along with the great music, big hair and nostalgia, we were given answers about the governmental experiments, supernatural forces and captivating updates on old and new characters’ lives.

Although Stranger Things is a science fiction/horror story, I feel there’s a lot that we can learn from this fictional world that can coincide with key factors that are critical to heavily-regulated Life Science professionals.

Following these lessons for quality and compliance management can be “easy peasy” just like Bob says.

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Happy Winter Solstice [Comic Strip]

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Dec 21, 2017 / by Emily Ysaguirre

It’s that time of year again! Winter Solstice, December 21st, is marked as the shortest day of the year and the start of Winter.

In the spirit of the occasion, let’s suspend disbelief for just a moment.

Jack Frost has been gathering all of his 2016 reports with his new centralized system for water management so that he is well prepared to create winter’s finest treasures—frost, ice, snow and sleet!

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Ask a 70s Pop Deejay Anything About Quality Management

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Dec 05, 2017 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

If you’re a fan of the satirical news site, The Onion, you might be familiar with the advice columns with titles like “Ask a Bee,” “Ask a Close Personal Friend of Teri Garr,” and “Ask a High-School Student Who Didn’t Do the Required Reading.”

What makes them funny is that the responses have less to do with readers’ inquiries, and more with the columnists’ own issues (like a rambling, off-topic attempt at fudging the plot of Animal Farm).

In a similar vein, today’s post is a fun take on what a 1970s pop deejay would have to say about common quality management questions and concerns.

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The Bare Necessities of Quality Management Software: 5 Lessons from the Jungle Book

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Nov 10, 2017 / by Emily Ysaguirre

There are many life lessons taught in The Jungle Book. Some of my favorite quotes from the book that can be applied to Quality Management Software are:

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The Game of Thrones Guide to EHS Management

[fa icon="calendar'] Sat, Jul 15, 2017 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

The seventh season of Game of Thrones is set to air this weekend, and fans are anxiously awaiting the coming battle for the Iron Throne. The most recent episode showed Daenerys Targaryen sailing to Westeros with a fleet of ships, finally ready to claim her legacy.

Looking back on the past 6 seasons, it’s clear that characters in this mythical world have a lot to learn when it comes to health and safety. Today’s post is a fun take on this concept, with key lessons in Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) management we can all learn from watching Game of Thrones.

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The Willy Wonka Guide to Food Safety

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

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is a classic movie about food safety gone awry. No, I’m not talking about the Johnny Depp version. I’m talking about the 1971 film featuring Gene Wilder and, in my opinion, a more authentic version of Charlie Bucket.

In the film, a group of child auditors visits a candy factory somewhere in Europe owned by the mythical and reclusive Willy Wonka. Due to gaps in Wonka’s Food Safety Management System (FSMS), several adverse events take place during the audit itself. The result is mayhem and hilarity, but for the observant food safety professional, there are also lessons to be learned.

Let’s have a look at a few of them.

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The Grinch Reimagined: How the Laggard Stole Quality

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Dec 23, 2016 / by Brenda Percy

Every Q over in Q-ville liked their automated QMSs a lot, but the Laggard, whose office was just across the hall, did not.

Why is that, you say? The answer is not quite clear. Could be that he didn’t like change and his reasoning was fear.

Could be that his innovation had hit a wall. But I think the surest reason, was that his own quality system was too manual overall.

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5 Things My Dog Taught Me About Risk Management

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Sep 22, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

I’ll admit it—I’m one of those crazy dog people. My dog has multiple beds throughout the house (including my own), I buy her special food from a refrigerator in the dog food aisle and I watch her on a webcam when I go out of town.

I’ve also taught her a lot of cool tricks, and along the way she’s taught me a lot as well, particularly when it comes to risk management. If you’re a dog lover too, you understand how much chaos these furry beasts we live with can create.

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4 Reasons Why Captain Kirk Needs a Safety Management System

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

Star Trek Beyond was released this summer, the latest installment in the modern reboot of the popular franchise. As a closet trekkie, I was more than a little excited. With the new release, I got to thinking about how despite all the advanced technology on the USS Enterprise, what the crew doesn’t have is a Safety Management System (SMS).

And really, when you look at Captain Kirk’s track record, it’s clear he really could have used one.

Let’s look at 4 key situations where an SMS would make a difference to the captain and his crew.

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The Zen Guide to Quality Management

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Sep 06, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

Getting caught up in the day-to-day problems of quality management is enough to drive anyone crazy. For many quality professionals, the job can swing from mind-numbing number crunching to frantically putting out fires, all in a single day. This may keep you on your toes, but it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll achieve your larger goals.

Conversely, adopting a Zen approach can deliver better results, as well as a more peaceful mindset. In this post, we’ll look at 4 key ways you can apply Zen principles to the practice of quality management.

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