Tag Archive: quality tools

Jul
23

The Crow & the Pitcher… Quality Lessons from Aesop

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We came across an article from Lifehacker the other day discussing childhood fables and other moral stories that are applicable to adults as well. One of the stories shared resonated with us.  It’s Aesop’s The Crow & the Pitcher: The Story: A crow is flying around on an abnormally hot summer day looking for water. He …

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Mar
20

Selecting the best quality tool to meet your objectives

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We love our quality tools!  In fact, the Quality Toolbox is never too far out of reach.  But, the choices can seem overwhelming at times.  Here are some suggestions for picking the right tool based on what you want to accomplish: If you want to keep track of your facts… Use a check sheet or …

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Jan
13

Fishbone Example: Rejected Pre-Shipment Inspections

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We like Ishikawa’s fishbone diagrams, also referred to as cause and effect diagrams for good reason.  They’re great for figuring out why something isn’t working. For our clients, it is not uncommon for pre-shipments inspections to uncover trends in failures.  When this happens, we want to know why the problem is occurring so appropriate corrective …

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Dec
30

Successful New Year’s Resolutions – Using Quality Tools

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Throughout the world, personal resolutions (commitments) are made as the year comes to an end. From ancient Babylonians returning borrowed objects and paying debts to medieval knights taking the “peacock vow” and re-affirming their commitment to chivalry, starting fresh with each New Year is a timeless practice. Surprisingly, it is estimated that as many as …

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Nov
15

Checklists!

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ASQ’s recent video featuring the use of checklists for organizing grocery lists and improving shopping productivity has us thinking about how useful this quality tool really is. “A checklist is a list of items required, things to be done, or points to be considered, used as a reminder. It is used so as to help …

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