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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Keeping Quality Improvement Simple

Monday, September 17, 2012 by Carly Barry 
I’m relatively new to the world of quality improvement and the various terms and acronyms that are often thrown about in writing and conversation. It’s easy to become overwhelmed with jargon like LSS, GR&R, MSA, MBB, SIPOC, FMEA, kaizen, kanban, poka yoke, and others flying around when you’re starting a project.

Define Your Problem First

If you’re new to the discipline, I’ve found that it helps to ignore all the jargon in the beginning and resist the temptation to start filling out any tables/forms or completing any data analysis until you’ve thoroughly defined your problem and scoped the basics of your project. It’s also helpful to think about the goals of your project and how they relate to benefits the end-customer will see before jumping...
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