Global State of Quality 2013

ASQ issued the 2013 Global State of Quality report not long ago, in addition to the summary below that was posted to their blog earlier this week. We have reviewed the report and do feel it is representative of our experience as an industry provider.  While there are certainly issues …

A guiding mission

A consistent trend emerges as successful organizations demonstrate sustainable mission statements and visions.  In the quality industry, many certifications even require in-depth knowledge of mission statement development and keys for successful implementation.  In Fayol’s Four Functions of Management, the development of a mission statement and strategy are included within the …

Supplier partnerships are key

Many organizations approach us and are currently in volatile partnerships with suppliers over missed deadlines or unacceptable quality.  Communication has broken down, and both parties are unclear of how to proceed and ensure customer value. The key to accomplishing objectives and mutually realizing benefits from continuous improvement initiatives is through …

Quality 101 – Four gurus you want to know

We’ve recently completed a series of workshop outlines that can be used to introduce anyone interested in quality to the industry basics and know where to find the resources they need to take additional action when required. The workshops are designed as eight hour hands-on discussions of various topics covering …

Connecting teams abroad

Pro QC offers services in over 30 countries.  Individuals within virtual teams like this are often disconnected and face cultural or other challenges unique to this situation. Ways we stay connected include: Newsletter / Announcements – We have a quarterly newsletter that goes out to everyone on the team, in …

Preparing for an audit

A previous Quality Q & A newsletter article featured tips for audit preparation.   In the reprinted content below, Pro QC’s Supplier Development Manager discusses how each party can expedite the process.   Preparation for a factory audit can be broken down by responsibilities of the client, supplier (factory) and third …

Selecting suppliers using a grid analysis

Let’s say you need to find a manufacturer for a new product.  It’s easy to look at the cost and weigh heavily in that direction.  However, this often results in regrets later when shipment delays and other quality issues occur. A useful quality tool for making such decisions is the …