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[Infographic] Automotive CEO: What's Your IATF 16949:2016 Survival Plan?

Posted by Dan Jacob on Thu, Mar 09, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

Automotive CEOs: There’s an untapped source of operating income and competitive advantage right in your own company. When senior execs take an active role in Quality Management, your organization can transform new industry standards into a source of Operational Excellence. Use this infographic to understand what you must do to capture the value for your business.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, Quality Management

Supplier Quality Management: The Rich Get Richer

Posted by Dan Jacob on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 @ 12:01 PM

Last September, LNS hosted the Quality Executive Roundtable. During a break at the event, I had a discussion with a quality executive who put today’s disparity between the Supplier Quality Management (SQM) rich and poor in stark contrast. This quality executive relayed how his company digitally transformed SQM. The company expanded upon a robust SQM platform by including it in a Big Data initiative that connected IT systems, Operational Technology (OT) systems, and supplier systems to Machine Learning.

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Tags: Quality Management, Supplier Quality Management, Digital Transformation

Quality Management in 2017: Analytics, Fundamentals and Executive Sponsorship

Posted by Dan Jacob on Thu, Feb 09, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

Familiar with the movie Groundhog Day? If you aren’t, here’s a quick synopsis: Bill Murray goes to Punxsutawney, PA to report on a groundhog’s winter weather prediction, magically gets stuck reliving the same day repeatedly until he changes, finally emerging as a good person on the arm of Andy McDowell. Preparing the 2017 quality management predictions felt like Groundhog Day, because we expect the trends identified last year to continue and strengthen for the next several years.

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Tags: EQMS, Quality Management

2016: The Beginning of Quality Management’s Digital Transformation

Posted by Dan Jacob on Tue, Jan 31, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

This time last year, we identified what we felt were the three most important developing trends in Quality Management. We identified that these were Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) pilots focused on quality improvements, increased adoption of risk management automation, and substantial growth in Cloud-based EQMS adoption.

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Tags: Quality Management, Supplier Quality Management, IIoT, Digital Transformation

5 Key Elements in Building an Effective Quality Strategy

Posted by Dan Jacob on Wed, Jan 25, 2017 @ 12:30 PM

In the Supplier Quality Management (SQM) research, LNS has characterized the current quality maturity of the market, identified the journey to maturity, and quantified the operational and financial value of both maturity and specific best practices. Quality leaders have leveraged this research to gain executive sponsorship, which develops a culture of quality and drives cross-functional engagement.

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Tags: Quality Management, Supplier Quality Management, Digital Transformation

6 Top Questions from Yesterday's Supplier Quality Management Webcast

Posted by Dan Jacob on Thu, Jan 12, 2017 @ 10:15 AM

On Wednesday, January 11, LNS Research hosted the webcast, “Supercharge Supplier Quality Management (SQM) for Competitive Advantage.” The presentation explained what today’s quality leaders must do to realize the full value of quality efforts, particularly in light of rapidly changing market and regulatory conditions.

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Tags: Risk Management, Quality Management, Supplier Quality Management

5 Times to Change Your Supplier Quality Management Strategy

Posted by Dan Jacob on Wed, Jan 04, 2017 @ 10:30 AM

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” as the saying goes. But what if it is broken? LNS survey data shows 79% of 699 surveyed companies claim that Supplier Quality Management (SQM) is not automated with software. 50% believe that SQM is the quality process most critical to their company’s success, but 41% say that it is their least mature quality process. Those numbers grabbed our attention - quality leaders and change-agents need to focus on this process area.

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Tags: Quality Management, Supplier Quality Management

5 Maneuvers to Drive a Culture of Quality [Infographic]

Posted by Dan Jacob on Fri, Dec 16, 2016 @ 11:30 AM

Many companies that want to differentiate with quality need a clear picture of Supplier Quality Management (SQM) practices across industry. Use this insightful infographic to understand and communicate the total value of quality. Learn how your company can gauge SQM maturity, who can help you along the way, and strategies to transform Quality from a department and bake it into your company’s culture. 

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Tags: Risk Management, Quality Management, Quality Culture, Quality Risk Management

4 Interesting Questions Your Colleagues Asked About Driving Quality Initiatives

Posted by Dan Jacob on Wed, Dec 07, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

On Tuesday, December 6, LNS Research hosted the webcast, “4 Best Practices to Gain Executive Support for You Quality Initiatives.” The presentation helped quality professionals with how to get support for their quality initiatives, and get the attention of senior management and finance. It also revealed exactly what executives need to know to give support, how to align with corporate trends and objectives to advance your cause, where to look for backing from other functions and groups, and which frameworks and industry statistics support your argument.


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Tags: EQMS, Quality Management

4 Actions Quality Leaders Should Take to Connect Quality, NPD, & Machine Learning

Posted by Dan Jacob on Wed, Nov 16, 2016 @ 10:30 AM

Previously, we had discussed quality’s role in New Product Development (NPD) and outlined a few ways in which quality can meaningfully contribute to NPD success. We left a cliff-hanger in that post, which will be addressed here. How does Machine Learning intersect and connect quality and NPD?

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Tags: EQMS, Quality Management, IIoT, Machine Learning