Problem Solving

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 […]

30th QualTech Prize 2018: Recognizing Middle Level Managers

30th QualTech Prize 2018: Recognizing Middle Level Managers

What is the job of a manager? Answer: To solve chronic problems. What is a chronic problem? Answer: A problem that has been legitimized in the budget! So how do we unearth chronic problems? Answer: By proactively challenging the standards and budget. Once identified, how […]

India can make it. And make it better.

India can make it. And make it better.

Three decades back, there were few organizations that embraced Quality as a competitive tool. Most were engaged, rightly so, in getting their Quality Management Systems certified. Unfortunately, they ended up screaming on billboards that they were ISO 9001 organizations. These organizations delivered no particular results. […]

Commitment to the Wrong Problem

Commitment to the Wrong Problem

We are taught A-B-C in management schools. Change ATTITUDE Thereby, you can change BEHAVIOR Consequently, you can get COMMITMENT. Dr J M Juran, the Quality Guru, questioned this approach. Especially, the first step. He believed a change in ATTITUDE is not a switch On-Off option. […]

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 […]

Cost of Poor Quality

Why should a taxpayer support inefficient processes? This article appeared in Business India, June 18-July 1, 2018. From early June, there has been much said about our national carrier, Air India. Almost all have been critical about its operational inefficiency, as well as interference of […]