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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 ]

Musings: My Blog

Should They be in Quality Profession

It's amazing how I still see/hear complaints about risk-based thinking (RBT) being included in ISO 9001.  It always makes me wonder whether or not the individual should even be allowed to call themselves a quality professional. Consider that one of the earliest things...

Patronizing is Not an Appropriate Change Agent Technique

I'm amazed at the degree to which people (especially politicians) patronize others in order to try to influence them.  Whether it's to affect a particular voting group or even a particular country, it's pretty obvious when it's used.  And a simple example is how...

Another Flaw of Averages

Sam Savage has an excellent book by the title "Flaw of Averages" and also does a great talk on it.  An example often used is that someone can easily drown in a lake that has an average depth of 4 feet.  Of course it may only be a few inches in some places, but 30+...

A Presentation on Root Cause Analysis

I recently did a virtual presentation on RCA for the Richmond ASQ section.  Luckily they recorded it. Here's a link if you'd like to watch.

Want to Become a Better Facilitator?

A couple years ago I attended a virtual presentation by JD Solomon titled Moving from a Good to a Great Facilitator.  One of the best presentations I've seen. Here's a link if you're interested.

Good Article on Analytics for Internal Auditing

As you may (or may not) know I've been speaking on the use of analytics by quality auditors for some time now.  Usually find that people are interested in the concept and potential value, but don't know how many of them have tried it. Recently ran into an article that...

More Useful Thoughts about Auditing

I've found Norman Marks an excellent provider of thoughts about auditing.  Here's a link to one on Lazy Auditors. Although not always directly relevant for quality audits, just thinking about each issue should be worthwhile.

Evaluating Your Internal Audit Process

The Institute of Internal Auditors recently released their 2021 Internal Audit Assessment Tool (for Audit Committees).  The audit committee is a committee overseeing and reporting to the Board of Directors on complaince, risk and governance issues. As I was reading...

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