Problem Solving

The Road to Excellence – Demystified

The Road to Excellence – Demystified

At my seminars and workshops on Performance Excellence, the most frequently asked question is: What is the difference between Quality and Excellence? My long answer starts with a question to the participants: Who defines Quality? The response is typically: The Standards Organization. And they are […]

Is Mumbai a Hatchery for Problems?

Is Mumbai a Hatchery for Problems?

Sporadic and Chronic Problems The job of a manager is to solve problems. Problems surface in two avataars: Sporadic and Chronic. In the case of a sporadic problem we need to treat the symptomatic evidence of the problem. On the other hand, in the case […]

Pot Holes Wisdom

Pot Holes Wisdom

So the monsoon rains in Mumbai have arrived. Just a few days back. What a relief. With the monsoon comes a an outpouring of poetry, music, philosophy and wisdom. Belief 1: There is a saying: As you sow, so you reap. We sowed bad quality […]

The Quality Metamorphosis of CEOs

The Quality Metamorphosis of CEOs

1987:Me: I wish to introduce myself as a Quality Improvement consultantCEO: Oh. You mean Quality Control.Me: No. In Quality Control you maintain the standard. In Quality Improvement you challenge the standard.CEO: ??##?Me: In Quality Improvement the by-product is a reduction in Cost Of Poor Quality […]

Japanese Dipsticks: How to Measure an Organization’s Quality Culture?

Japanese Dipsticks: How to Measure an Organization’s Quality Culture?

The Japanese assess an organization’s Quality Culture using a few dipsticks: They walk through your plant and make note of the visible inventory: incoming; in-process; finished goods They visit the workers toilets and make note of housekeeping practices They study the safety practices institutionalized in […]

CQI is not fully delegable

CQI is not fully delegable

Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) in manufacturing and service industries, in India, has not become a way of life.  Although, as we all know, CQI is  a guaranteed strategy for improving the bottom line of an organization. Please note, CQI reduces chronic waste. As a result, […]