Auto racing is a high pressure, high stakes world where results are measured in the thousands of a second, and small missteps can cost millions of dollars. Great racers have great pit crews. A driver can be an exceptional talent, but if they rely on a slow or error-prone crew, or an inexperienced crew chief, the driver’s chances for success dwindle. Nineteen engineering professionals that attended the IES-offered April 15 “Pit Crew Simulation” at Pit Crew U in Mooresville, NC quickly discovered those same metrics can be applicable to their companies and to their efforts to compete globally.
Wouldn't it be nice to have an "Erector Set" that would help build an organization? All of the systems would work together toward the primary mission of an organization. A structure, or framework, would give guidance but allow each user to create something truly unique.
With a management framework, all processes are interrelated with one another to ensure excellence at the highest levels.
There should be a big red label placed on the front of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award application ....
What if we're not offering a course you particularly need? Now you can fill out a quick form and we'll let you know when the course is ready.
The title for this blog popped in my head…like a flash of inspiration in response to a recent comment made in my presence about how much easier it must be to instruct soft skills classes and receive positive evaluations (since they involve so many activities and fun) as opposed to technical skills classes.
Over the last 8 months, I had the privilege of being a member of IES' strategic planning steering committee. I'm not being snarky; I really do consider it a privilege.
The ballroom, filled to capacity by suited men and high-heeled women, broke into applause as each award winner was announced. As they came forward to receive the Governor’s Award of Healthcare Excellence, Gov. Beverly Perdue read a list of their accomplishments.
Today I'm over at the SEMS (Society for Engineering and Management Systems) blog talking about why errors happen and using a football example to illustrate my point. How do you avoid errors in your work environment and do you have the systems in place to support you?
Let's see if I can get in a little trouble today.
Over the past few months, our unit at the university has been having an internal debate over whether we provide "training" or "education" to our clients.
Many of us feel the pressure to get more done with less time. As a result, there seems to be in our society an expectation that we all be proficient at multitasking, the ability to do more than one task at a time.
I wrote my last blog on customer satisfaction and used the Kano Model to help explain different levels of attributes or product features that will delight your customer and keep them coming back. This blog will focus on how those needs, which are the voice of the customer, get translated into actions that your organization should take to sustain customer satisfaction.
I had the privilege to attend the 23rd Annual International Shingo Conference held in Cincinnati, Ohio during the week of March 28th-May 1st. It is designed to showcase the private companies, public companies and scholars who have subscribed to the Shingo model for operational excellence.
Or, how to get inspired and discouraged at the same time.
I wanted to work for all of them, the seven organizations that told their stories at the 23rd annual Quest for Excellence conference in Washington, DC, last week.
How do you keep customers satisfied? First you need to understand what motivates your customer. Dr. Nuriaki Kano developed a model to help identify some basic premises of what customers want and need. The "Kano Model" is a simple two axis matrix with "satisfaction" on the vertical axis and "achievement" on the horizontal axis: