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 you should learn in quality is the Pareto principle, or what Dr. Juran called the vital few vs. the useful many.  In other words, not everything warrants the same amount of attention/effort.  The Pareto diagram is therefore one of the most important of the seven basic QC tools.

Plus, if you read the preventive action clause in previous editions of the 9001 standard, it is basically requiring risk-based thinking (and action).

So the next time someone complains about RBT ask them if they are really a quality professional.