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Go ahead and browse, read, comment, voice your thoughts to me, share with people who you think may find it interesting. Make suggestions, ask questions, send me your own articles – in short, as you like it! And enjoy!

Bandwidth and ego

Last week, we held a discussion in class in the Quality Engineering course program, while answering questions in preparation for the ICQE exam. A student has asked me whether I truly thought that not all knowledge is always helpful. I replied that indeed this was so. Moreover,..

On motivation, empowerment, Cain and Abel

Lately, I have had the pleasure to participate in a fascinating discussion on the LinkedIn network on the subject of worker empowerment. It took place in a group of which I am a member. One of the quality managers shared...

Quotas, snakes and backbones

Over 50 years ago Dr. W.Edwards Deming has formulated his famous 14 Points, which are studied in every Quality Assurance course ever since. Today I would like to talk about the 11th Point of Deming's 14 Points: “Eliminate numerical quotas for the workforce and numerical goals for management”.

On hammers, space, cats and other animals

Today I shall tell you another story about the Sages of Helem and problem solution. I know this one in Russian, beautifully translated from Yiddish, in which it was written by Ovsey Driz, a wonderful Russian Jewish poet and writer, as part of a cycle “The bead bookmark”.

Size matters

Size matters 22 בדצמבר 2013 A short while ago we have celebrated Hanukkah, and at the party in my son’s school a few girls have staged and performed the old and well-loved song Hanna Zelda. This song always reminds me of all the micro-managers (and they always remind me of…

Pyramids and jumping chain of command

In the army they taught us that jumping the chain of command is against military law. Breaking this law would lead to being prosecuted for undermining authority, and to rather unpleasant results. For the perpetrator.

Fun days combined with empowerment

Fun dayscombined with empowerment 3 בדצמבר 2013 The best way to take the struggle out of Quality Assurance is by a change in our approach, empower the people, instead of keeping them powerless. Cooperation, instead of competition. But is YOUR organization ready for that change in approach? Have YOU began to make…

Are you capable?

I’d like to talk a little about capabilities. Don’t worry, not about your personal capabilities, which I have no doubt are excellent. We shall talk about your processes’ capabilities. Though, I must say, some find that even more frightening. However, I have found that some concepts which appear difficult and intimidating…

Noise proof

Noise proof 24 בנובמבר 2013 Among the gurus of Quality Assurance there was a Japanese man by the name Genichi Taguchi, who has only recently left this world, in June 2012. Being an engineer and a man of wide outlook, he realized the most profound thing any manufacturing organization must…

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