Resources

Following are some resources we’ve either created or recommend.  A recommendation means we’ve used them and have been impressed with the results.

Online Root Cause Analysis workshop– Here’s where you’ll find an electronic version of my root cause workshop.  It’s excellent when you have a small number of people to train, or are trying to earn some continuing education credits for recertification. The course is very highly rated compared to other e-courses.

Online Performance Metrics workshop – Here’s where you’ll find an electronic version of my performance metrics workshop.  When you don’t need to train a large group, this is a low-cost option, with lots of examples, case studies, and Q&A.

SigmaXL – I was amazed to find that this software allows you to do Monte Carlo simulation.  It’s basically a statistics package that runs in Excel, but if you get the DiscoverSim addition, the additional power available is phenomenal for the price.

QI Macros – Allows you to analyze data using a simple set of tools (e.g., paretos, run charts, histograms, control charts). All you do is put your data in MSExcel, and this set of macros will allow you to analyze it very quickly without having to learn a whole new application.

David Walker Designs – This organization managed the update of my website.  Quick, professional and inexpensive.  Great job!

APLOMET Checklists – Following are some checklists, forms and other documents I’ve developed over the years as part of working with organizations.  Feel free to download and use them to help improve your organization.

Auditor Self Assessment form – Use for QMS auditors.  Have them do an occassional self-assessment of their audit skills and develop a plan for improvement.

Project Management Skills Assessment – For evaluating the basic skills of a project manager.  It could be used for ongoing development or to provide feedback after completion of a project.

Post Project Audit Form – Useful for assessing a project after it has been completed to determine the degree to which the project met overall objectives and plan and was done in accordance with good project management principles.

Professional Trainer Assessment – Do you have or are you developing or considering hiring a trainer?  This evaluation form lets you assess their knowledge and experience relative to training adults.

Facilitation Checklist – If you’re responsible for facilitating groups this list of issues to consider may be quite useful.

Change Management Checklist – If you would like to improve the results of change initiatives in your organization this checklist can help.

SIPOC Form – A fundamental tool for helping people understand process management.  It can be used to look at interrelationships between suppliers, processes and customers, as well as the inputs & outputs and related performance measures.

Process Management Maturity Matrix – Want to see how well your organization manages processes?  Here’s a maturity matrix developed for just that purpose.

Metrics Worksheet – If you’re developing some metrics this worksheet can help ensure you’ve considered many of the issues necessary for defining, capturing and using the metrics.

Musings: My Blog

Some Wisdom Here

Whether it's investing or self-development, this interview of Chamath Palihapitiya by Barry Rithholtz is worthwhile.  You can listen or read here.

Good Article on Risk Management

Over the past couple of years I've spoken several times on problems with many risk assessments, and also published an article on it (see here). I recently ran into an article from 2005 that discusses similar issues, but especially points out problems with...

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...

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