After describing what it is that Pro QC does the other day, an individual paused and asked how we know what quality is when we see it. And, that’s a very interesting question that many conclude is just too subjective to answer. Likely the most popular general definition is Deming’s idea of whether something is meeting or exceeding customer expectations. But, how can you tell? Our engineers would probably start talking about product specifications, testing requirements, tolerances and such. But, another broader assumption is that quality focused organizations produce quality products. But, how can you tell if an organization is quality focused?
In partnering with companies of all sizes and various industries over the last thirty years, we have observed a few common traits within organizations that are quality focused and successful at meeting or exceeding their customers’ expectations. (We highlight some of these organizations as Client Stories in our quarterly newsletter. )
Our observations include: