There is a reputation that original Chinese manufacturers produce cheap poor quality products that are knock-offs of Western products. This has been the case and as long as there is a demand for such products, it will continue, but, there is an increasing trend in the number of products designed and manufactured by Chinese companies … Read moreUp & Coming Chinese Capital Goods Manufacturers
Continuous Improvement is a way of life, and that is how it should be. We are challenged to continually do more with less, whilst making sure that we “focus on what can improve the bottom line!” So the challenge is clear Make sure that what we do affects the bottom line in a positive way … Read moreGood Enough Really Can Be Good Enough!
It is quite a normal process for Original Manufacturers (OEMs) to have people from their own company or contract third parties to visit and audit overseas suppliers to verify the quality of the products or services that they are producing for them. This is particularly well known in China and should be no surprise to any … Read moreTurn Suppler Quality On Its Head
I have spoken about Quality philosophies previously and have stated how important it is to apply the correct methodology and to not become a slave to any. In this article, I am going to introduce you to my friend Bob and how the use of the essentials of Six Sigma helped him many years ago. … Read moreMy Friend Bob’s Yield Challenges
When I first heard of a dashboard when used outside of what I have in my car, I could not understand why this would or could be such a useful tool. The first dashboard that I was introduced to was related to New Product Introduction and I did not have a vote in my choice … Read moreDashboards – A Single Point Of The Truth
Over the years I have come to the conclusion that productivity is not only about the tools and procedures that you have available to you but actually to a very high degree about the human interaction involved. I firmly believe that psychology has a much greater part to play than many think. Possibly one of … Read moreThe psychology of project success
First of all, you need to know that I am not, nor have any intention of being involved in very complex, long-term projects. I have never been involved in building a bridge, putting a man on the moon or am ever likely to do so. Nor am I a project management professional. The type of … Read moreBusting Free From Project Management Failure
Simply put, if you measure something, it will improve. So, if you measure lots of things (And therefore, create as many KPIs as you can think of) then you will make lots of improvements. To the uninitiated, it seems sensible. In fact, I used to joke that in a factory (Where I have spent much … Read moreBusting Your Productivity Free – Start With Some KPIs