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Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 10:42

Enough!

I've had enough, I'm divorcing my e-mail notifications.  You get them from your computer, you get them on your phone, everytime I start my browser (and if you have your homepage set to one of those 'I can solve all of your problems just join my website' services), there it is, the notification staring at me, expecting me to do something about it.

Sunday, July 18, 2010 - 07:32

Summary

  • Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) improves the reliability of your system and helps avoid unexpected costs.
  • Can be performed anytime but ideally should be performed during initial design.
  • FMEA is a rigorous structured approach to identify potential system failures.
Sunday, June 27, 2010 - 18:47

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The latest product news from the team at Ceptara, a company dedicated to helping organizations and individuals focus and achieve their goals.

Saturday, June 5, 2010 - 09:21

Ceptara helps small to medium sized companies find and implement creative solutions that control costs and drive higher revenues.

Would you like to grow your business?

We help you create a consistent image and design a customer focused experience to consistently & systematically drive across your marketing channels.

Would you like to be more profitable?

We help you develop a strategic "blueprint for action" and business system to focus you on the right things and assure that you're achieving your plan.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 07:53

Summary

  • Managing complex system development projects can be difficult, especially when there are both committed and shared resources.
  • A SIPOC diagram is an effective tool for identifying all elements required for a process, but does not provide a useful tool to manage the process execution.
  • By breaking a SIPOC into project phases, the SIPOC can be an effective project management tool.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 21:55

Why too much branding distracts from your most valuable branding tool, your products:

  • Over exposing your branding graphics can hurt you.
  • Create a memorable impression.
  • Your products and services and the way they are delivered are your most important way to represent your company.
Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 12:11

Last fall, after practicing process and organizational improvement for more than twenty years, I passed my first certification exam from the American Society for Quality (ASQ). While I had been encouraged to get my Six Sigma Black Belt, I did not have the project affidavits. So, I perused the ASQ web site and chose the Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence (CMQ/OE). I did not choose it because it was the longest. I chose it because its body of knowledge appeared best aligned with mine.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010 - 05:00

Quality Excellence is an approach that we've used for several years.  Some key accomplishments with this method are:

Monday, April 26, 2010 - 07:00

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 08:40

We often try balance our systems to make sure everything is equally distributed.  Not too much inventory, assure every production machine is busy, and no one is standing around.

That is exactly the wrong thing to do!