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.
ROOT CAUSE ANALYSIS
Many organizations have recurring problems that their corrective action process does not effectively address. The cause is often
Musings: My Blog
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...
How Happy are Your Employees to Come to Work?
Ever seen a dog at work? For example, I was watching one searching bags for drugs in an airport. They are totally committed and love it. Question: How many people are that happy at their work? What does it say about mission, culture, etc?
Given the COVID shutdowns I've not traveled any this year, and the time at home gave wife and me the opportunity to binge watch some TV series we'd not seen before (and in many cases hadn't even hear of). Most involve spies, detectives, and/or science fiction, Here's...
Qualitative vs. Quantitative Risk Assessment
For some time I (and many others) have been writing and speaking on how common widely used risk assessment methods actually introduce risk rather than help reduce it. Here's a great talk by Doug Hubbard on the topic:...
First let me state that I am not a medical professional, and have not read all the studies that have been done on whether or not HCQ (+ zinc and azithromycin) are effective in treating COVID. In the limited info I have read I believe it's unlikely to be effective...
Really Bad Comparison!
You may know that I teach and write on Performance Metrics, and get really frustrated when I see someone use them badly. Here's an example from an article in The Japan Times about the Boeing 787 MAX: "...the FAA completed a risk analysis that found that the...
Quality Professionals and Industry 4.0
The need for quality professionals is likely to be less as Industry 4.0 comes more fully to fruition. The digitalization of everything should significantly reduce the opportunities for errors. One thing that will increase is the need for information security ... at...