Articles by Jim L. Smith

Jim's Gems: Nuggets of Opportunity

When we make a mistake, it is acceptable to perform an autopsy and think about what happened--but, then, you must quickly get over it. Understand what happened, learn from it, gain wisdom from it and become even more effective than before.
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Off-Topic: The Pareto Principle - What You May Not Know

Born July 15, 1848, Vilfredo Pareto was an Italian economist, theorist and sociologist. Pareto is chiefly known for his influential theory of ruling elites. Also, he is generally credited as the father of a diagnostic tool used by all who apply the very rudiments of quality analysis.
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Jim's Gems: Do You Choose Success?

The ability to achieve and succeed is part of our very nature. If we are vague about what we intend to do, the results we are likely to get will be of minimal value.
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Jim's Gems: Effort and Attitude Equal Success

What happened on our previous attempts to get something done doesn’t matter much. It is more about what we do now that counts.
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Pre-Control May be the Solution

Ask any machinist how statistical process control (SPC) helps him manage his processes. The response is not likely to be positive. It is not uncommon for control charts to be placed around machines and other equipment, showing a history of how certain process parameters or key process characteristics (KPCs) have been performing.
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Face of Quality: Make Product Inspection a Friendly Affair

Over the years I have been amazed at the discussion, sometimes not so friendly, by quality professionals and others on the subject of quality. It’s a simple word that we seem to have difficulty defining.
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Jim's Gems: What Are You Passionate About?

Motivation involves making it personal and stimulating a passion for excellence.
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Jim's Gems: Persistence Pays Off

Let's talk about persistence and the role it can play in success.
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Face of Quality: Make Diligent Decisions

These are turbulent times. We are inundated daily by the media with bad news about the economy. We’ve heard about declining markets, job loss, home foreclosures, declining net worth and evaporating 401(k) plans. Certainly, the news is unsettling, but this country has been there before and survived, and we will overcome again!
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Jim's Gems: Resilience and Success

There is a fine line between success and failure. Sometimes the difference is hard to measure.
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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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