Management

Cost Versus…

WHAT WE PAY FOR WHAT WE GET.

A cost-benefit analysis is a decision-making tool. It is a process of adding up the benefits of doing something or buying something and subtracting the costs to help us decide whether that purchase or action is worthwhile.


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Federal Agency Contracting by Negotiation

FOR MOST ACQUISITIONS, AGENCIES USE COMPETITIVE NEGOTIATION.

When agencies of the federal government procure supplies, federal laws and regulations require that they use a competitive process.


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Quality: The Next Generation

THE FUTURE OF QUALITY IS AKIN TO AN UNFINISHED NOVEL.

We’re already more than a decade into this new century, and companies are still waiting for the “next big thing” to surface.


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The Push and Pull of Part and System

HOPE FOR THE BEST—BUT PREPARE FOR THE WORST.

As the 20th century came to a close, U.S. manufacturers realized the need to transform thinking from the product to the system.


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Instantaneous Probability

Lies, damn lies, and statistics.

In his book, “Fooled by Randomness,” celebrated author Nassim Nicholas Taleb says, “This high-yield market resembles a nap on a railway track.


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Focus on Continuous Improvement

Quality tools remain important no matter what you call them.

During the oil embargo, as drivers lined up at gas stations, the market for small cars took off.


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Manufacturing Green

Green manufacturing has been around for longer than you might think. And it shows no sign of disappearing.

Green manufacturing might seem like a flavor of the month. Perhaps it seems to have cropped up as “An Inconvenient Truth” hit the scene.


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Celebrate the World of Quality

SHARE THE GREAT WORK YOU HAVE ACCOMPLISHED.

Since 2010, ASQ has been pleased to host the World Quality Month website, offering organizations around the world an opportunity to celebrate successes and share results for others to learn from.


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Resolving Disputes with Arbitration

ARBITRATION IS LESS FORMAL AND LESS EXPENSIVE THAN LITIGATION

Parties to legal disputes often reflexively consider suing one another in litigation. As an alternative, parties can use alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”), including arbitration and mediation.


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Six Sigma: A Magic Formula?

IS IT A SILVER BULLET OR JUST ANOTHER VEHICLE FOR CONTINUAL IMPROVEMENT?

With the attention Six Sigma has been receiving, I thought it might be interesting to offer my perspective as someone who worked from the inside of a large organization to launch a major Six Sigma initiative.


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Charles J. Hellier has been active in the technology of nondestructive testing and related quality and inspection fields since 1957. Here he talks with Quality's managing editor, Michelle Bangert, about the importance of training.
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