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.

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

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...

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?

Quality Entertainment

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:...

Irrationality

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...

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