Up till now, Purim was for me no more than a nice children’s holiday. The holiday when all efforts go into making it fun for my son as we sew/build/create his costume. When I take heaps of photos of our school kids and wipe a tear of wonder for their creativeness. (more…)
A week ago, I met with a group of students from Quality Engineering course held last year at the Riyan Center in Rama village, conducted by the Erez College in Shlomi. The Riyan Center is an organization dedicated to helping the Arab and minorities to find better employment, and this course was for the Druze and Circassian students. It ended in summer 2017 with the students taking the external exam held by the Israel Society for Quality, ICQE, which 71% passed of the 17 students who attended. (more…)
A few weeks ago, a student asked me a very interesting question, following a discussion about her frustration with improper Quality Assurance practices in the organization where another student, her friends, works. The question she asked was: “What’s the deal with the changes you’re always talking about? Is it really necessary in Quality Assurance to always make changes? Can’t we leave something that works as is?”
Well, the short answer is: that’s right, we must constantly make changes.
The longer answer is this article, triggered by the conversation. (more…)
Tonight is the lighting of the first Hanukkah candle. Of all the Jewish holidays, Hanukkah is probably my favorite. And that is not only because of its trappings – all the light, and the candles, and the sufganiyot and the levivot (I so love levivot) – but also because of its message.
Naturally, I am not speaking of the 7-day-oil message. That is something anyone, from wee children to their proud grandmothers and grandfathers know too well. So well, in fact, that it causes the skeptical adults to voice their disbelief and growing distrust of this holiday, as they say that is impossible and they do not believe in miracles… (more…)
Ever since the appearance of the new revision of the ISO 9001 standard was published, I see incessant discussions of frightened Quality Assurance people on the differences between the revisions of 2015 and that of 2008, as well as a multitude of classes and trainings promising to help with the transition from the previous to the new.
However, as I am coming from a different approach, in my opinion, and of those who share my or similar approach, there is little real difference between the new, 2015 revision and the previous one. (more…)
Tonight, we celebrate Passover, 14th of NIssan, 5777. Nice date, with lots of 7s in it.
As every year, I endeavor to learn something new (for myself) about each holiday. It may well be that something is new for me but not for you, as I have begun to study rather late in life, as an adult, and did not grow up with any knowledge of Judaism. And perhaps, this should have become obvious to me years ago, but I did not think of it, as it happens a lot in life. We just go on thinking along the automatic lines of habit. (more…)
The differences between the revisions of standard ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 9001:2015 do not begin and end with process-orientation and risk management.
The old chapter 5, from the 2008 revision, was called Management Responsibility. In the new, 2015, revision it has been separated in two, and the part which remains in chapter 5 has now received a new overall chapter title: Leadership. This change is what I would like to address here now. (more…)
Today begins the Sukkot Festival. Like any Jewish holiday, so does this one, too, have layers of meaning and a uniqueness, both in significance and in action. Like in Passover, we do a lot of things we do not normally engage in, which facilitates the making of spiritual and other changes and personal growth. (more…)
The New Jewish Year is almost upon us, and I would like to wish to all the Jews (and the non-Jews) a Good and Blessed Year! Shana Tova!
In designing and formulating this year’s greeting and its card, I have chosen to say something completely unrelated to all the tradition and the interpretation, to scripture and Kabbalah. This year I shall not share with you lessons I have learned in Judaism and new insights on my own Jewish journey of discovery.
Last week I have read an article, posted at the professional social network, LinkedIn, on the subject of transition to the new/renewed QMS standard ISO 9001:2015. The standard emphasizes and centers on Risk Based Thinking . (more…)