How to set improvement goal for Six Sigma Project

This is a general question asked especially when Six Sigma approach is used for Improvement is what is supposed to be my improvement goal for Six Sigma Project. In cases where the project is taken up for Problem Solving, the goal setting is straight forward. In this case the goal is to solve the problem. (or […]

Pareto Principle – A tool to focus your efforts on the Vital Few

The Pareto Principle, named after the Italian economist Wilfred Pareto is also called famously as 80-20 rule. As far back in 1906 Pareto observed that 80% of the land in Italy is actually owned by just 20% of the people. Much later, Joseph M. Juran popularized this observation in his book titled “The Quality Control Handbook”, and […]

Risk Management – II – Risk Occurrence and Response

The Picture above depicts typical response needed for the occurrence of Risk at various project stages and impact on the Project Goal. Before getting in to the response needed, few definitions here. Risk – An undesirable situation or circumstance that has both a likelihood of occurring and a potentially negative result. This is typically a likely […]

Basic Statistics – III – Introduction to Probability

 Probability is a concept which is simple but powerful if applied correctly. A Very Simple example is that when there is coin tossed up,there are two outcomes possible. HEAD and Tail. If the coin has no bias, both the out comes are equally possible. We say that there is a possibility of 50% (0.5) each. […]

Basic Statistics – II What is a Variable and What are variable types

Variable is a characteristic, number, or quantity that increases or decreases over time, or takes different values in different situations. The variables are the basic units used in statistics for measuring , collecting and analyzing. Variables can be classified in to different categories depending on the usage at the point of analysis. The different variable types […]

Introduction to Configuration Management

Configuration Management and standards Configuration Management gives the identifiably and traceability of a product at various stages of the product life. The requirements specific to configuration management are specified in various standards and Models with minor variations. A Level 2 Process Area for CMMI – Configuration Management (CM) Clause 7.2 of AS 9100 Rev C- […]

Roles and responsibilities of Quality Assurance Manager

The Quality Assurance Manager of the organization typically Owns the Quality Management System. In smaller organizations, he reports to the top management directly.In a larger organization this position reports to the overall head of Quality (Such as Director, Vice President …). In all cases there is a clear distinction and separated from the Operations Management. […]

Quality Auditor Job Description

A Quality Auditor job involves performing audits either internally or on the supplier. Generally reports to the Quality Assurance Manager. Generally, the scope of the auditor is limited to internal audits. However, the profile includes supplier audits also. The position provides exposure to internal procedures and processes. There are different levels for an auditor to […]

Risk Management II – Benefits of Risk Management Program

The earlier article on Risk Management is Risk Management I – A proactive approach to resolve future root causes and their potential consequences. Purpose of a Risk Management Plan Risk management program helps the organization to deal with potential occurrences.  It defines the approach and attitude towards risks. This program helps in identifying what are those risks […]