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Welcome to APLOMET

Since 1985 APLOMET has helped organizations get the foundations right. A business strategy must be supported by effectively functioning operational processes, and we help organizations design, manage, measure and improve these processes. Design is based on international standards, excellence guidelines and/or widely accepted frameworks. Processes are monitored using audits and performance metrics, and corrective measures taken based on root cause analysis. We’ve consulted to Fortune 500 companies, family-owned businesses, nonprofit organizations, and start-ups. More than 700 organizations have sent individuals to our public workshops, including the manufacturing, healthcare, education, government and service sectors.

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ROOT CAUSE ANALYSIS
Many organizations have recurring problems that their corrective action process does not effectively address. The cause is often inadequate depth of the analysis … fixing only the physical and not the system causes. We teach people how to distinguish… [ more ]

Upcoming Events

April 2019

April 18 - Speaking on Risk Ranking Audit Nonconformities with the Northeast TN ASQ section in Kingsport.

April 30 - Conducting a webinar on Why You Should Use ISO 19011 to Guide Your Internal Quality (and other Management System) Audits for ComplianceIQ. 

May 2019

May 21 - Speaking on Bowtie Risk Assessment with the APICS Appalachain chapter in Johnson City TN.  

May 22 - Conducting a 1/2-day workshop on Human Error for the ASQ section in Knoxville TN.

May 22 - Speaking on "Dealing with Can't Find Root Cause Situations" and "Why You Should Use ISO 19011 to Guide Your Audit Program" with the ASQ section in Knoxville TN.

May 23 - Conducting a webinar on The Top Major Barriers to Root Cause Analysis Effectiveness, and How to Deal with Them for Pioneer Educator.

June 2019

June 18 - Conducting a webinar on Guidance for the Corrective Action Process: 5Y, A3 & 8D for ComplianceIQ.

June 19 - Conducting a webinar on Getting Better Leverage from Your Internal Quality (and other management system) Audits through Analytics for Pioneer Educator.

June 27&28 - Conducting a Root Cause Analysis workshop for the GMMDC in Memphis TN.

July 2019

July 16 - Conducting a webinar on The Two Most Powerful Root Cause Analysis Tools and How to Use Them for ComplianceIQ.

July 18 - Conducting a webinar on Using Multi-Vari Charts to Sort Thru Multiple Problem Causes for Pioneer Educator.

September 2019

September 17&18 - Conducting a Root Cause Analysis workshop for MSQPC, Memphis TN.

Musings: My Blog

GRC versus IRM

Well it's good to see Gartner admit that the GRC market was a bust ... basically just selling software for managing lists of 1) regulations, etc. organizations must comply with, 2) risks associated with not effectively meeting them them, and 3) controls for managing...

Quality of Life

I was in touch with a colleague recently who retired about 3 years ago.  Asked him how he was liking it, and his reply was that his focus on self-improvement during that time was way better than any accomplishments he'd had in his career in the auto industry.  That's...

So Much Noise, So Little Signal

Purchased some HP laser printer cartridges from Office Depot a week or so ago, which I've done several dozen times over many years.  Got an email asking how the purchase/delivery process had gone.  Ok, maybe a little value. But today I got an email asking me to rate...

Oh, This is Comforting (Not!)

"The 737 MAX was certified in accordance with the identical FAA requirements and processes that have governed certification of all previous new airplanes and derivatives," Boeing said.

Boeing 787 Max 8 as Classic Design Error Compounded

Unreal (although perhaps premature, since all the info isn't out). The 787 Max was a bad design.  Placement of the engines on the wings was different, which causes the plane to want to go into a loop when accelerating.  So to compensate they added software to offset...

Digital Infrastructures

Just completed some work with US Postal Service, and boy was I impressed.  They are way ahead of most commercial industry in the digital transformation. And it helped me realize how much work it takes for them to execute their mission as well as they do, day after...

Good Webinar on Poor Risk Assessment Practices

I did a webinar yesterday titled Critical Issues with Risk Assessment and Risk Management.  Then today I watched a webinar offered by the FAIR Institute.  Seemed like an echo!  Here's the link to the free one from Open FAIR ... worth your time if you are serious about...

Second Edition of RCA Book Now Available

The first edition was published in 2008, so I was really looking forward to adding what I've learned since then.  The 2nd edition is now posted on the ASQ Quality Press website, so should be available for ordering.  Here's a summary of the changes: Root Cause...

Bad Quality Trend

I'm amazed at how frequently things go wrong.  In my recent experiences 80% of the time.  Here are some details: - Failure - Had new garage door installed.  Tech shorted out a wire to my alarm system which took out the phone line for 3 days (phone...

Automated RCA

 An interesting article on automated RCA by MicroSoft: https://sdtimes.com/memory-corruption-issues/microsoft-root-cause-analysis-vulnscan/ It's only a matter of time before this also becomes the norm for organizational process failures as digitialization of...

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