COPQ

Leadership in a Competitive Environment

Leadership in a Competitive Environment

Demand > Supply Most organizations work in vertical silos. These silos have names: Purchasing, Operations, Finance, Marketing, and so on. Individual visiting cards cement the silo one belongs to. The silo also defines one’s career path in an organization. This approach to management can work […]

BestPrax Benchmark – A License to Barter Best Practices

BestPrax Benchmark – A License to Barter Best Practices

Benchmarking is the search for industry Best Practices that lead to Superior Performance – Dr Robert Camp A traditional approach to benchmarking involves catching up with our competitors; and acquiring information about our competitors through unreliable sources and means. With such an approach, our organization […]

We seek independence from COPQ!

We seek independence from COPQ!

How would an Annual Report look if we included the Cost Of Poor Quality (COPQ) as a distinct head? Would our banks like this disclosure? For their customers? And perhaps, themselves? It would certainly be embarrassing for the Managing Directors and/or the Boards of Directors […]

Seven Skills for Survival

Seven Skills for Survival

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein Organizations and institutions are essential for our economic survival and wellbeing. However, how they operate depends on how we operate. And how we operate depends […]

5S for a Swachh Bharat

5S for a Swachh Bharat

Carbon black manufacture guarantees a carpet of carbon in the plant. Yet, at Thai Carbon Black I was told by the Plant Manager, “You can eat from the floor”. And he was right. Cement manufacture belches air pollution. Yet, at Vikram Cement the Plant Manager […]

Amoebic Works of Art

Amoebic Works of Art

Pot holes in Mumbai: A Quality Perspective This article appeared in Business India, August 13-26, 2018. PROBLEM DEFINITION At a recent Mumbai First governing board meeting, I was pronounced “guilty” for not improving the Quality of pot holes in Mumbai! I sheepishly smiled. The board […]