KAIZEN™ Approach to ISO 9001:2015

BY MIKE MICKLEWRIGHT - 2015-10-23

Make it Add Value This Time!

Finally … the new version of ISO 9001:2015 has released!  “Hurray”, I can hear many of you screaming … or … not.  More realistically, I am sure many of you living in the KAIZEN™ world are thinking to yourself … “yeah, so what?  That’s so 90’s.  This stuff has nothing to do with real KAIZEN™ and, in fact, it oftentimes creates bureaucracy and more waste.”  Any yet, if your Quality Management System (QMS) is currently wasteful (as I am sure it is), and we as KAIZENers are all about reducing waste in systems, then it makes sense that you should look at eliminating the waste in our QMS’s and right now, is the perfect opportunity to do so, since the revised standard is practically begging us to do so.

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Relationship Between Daily Kaizen and SPC

BY MIKE MICKLEWRIGHT - 2015-12-16

How Statistical Process Control Begat Daily Kaizen Activities

To many people, the relationship between Daily Kaizen and Statistical Process Control (SPC) might seem as remote as the relationship between a kangaroo and the past iconic American TV series “Friends.”  And yet, a kangaroo and “Friends” have a commonality in that each contains a “Joey.” Daily Kaizen and SPC also share a special commonality—the principles that they share.

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