Total Quality Management

March 23, 2010

Some Images of 5S Houskeeping in Factories

Filed under: Toyota Production System — Tags: , , , , , , — Ferhan Syed @ 8:10 am

There are number of websites on internet that explain the concept of 5S Housekeeing. I have collected and uploaded selected images here so that concept could be understood easily.  Here they are: (more…)

November 11, 2009

A Tribute to the Japanese Nation

Here I have uploaded few images of  Hiroshima that testify the greatness of Japanese nation as to how they recovered from the ashes of World War II. Japan is the only nation on this planet that suffered Nuclear catastrophe. The very same nation i.e. the United States of America, that defeated Japan was trembling due to the invasion of Japanese products in her markets in the middle of 1980s.  The subject or the discipline of Total Quality Management is the result of this tug-of-war between these two great nations.  Let’s see the following images that would show you how Japanese nation recovered from the shock of ugly nuclear weapons and rebuilt a great city on the ashes of the destroyed metropolis: (more…)

September 1, 2009

Continuous Improvement: The Essence of Kaizen

Continuous improvement, based on Japanese concept called KAIZEN, is the philosophy of continually seeking ways to improve operations. It involves identifying benchmarks of excellent practice and instilling a sense of employee ownership of the process. (more…)

May 21, 2009

Employee Involvement: Its Magical Benefits

Involving employees, empowering them, and bringing them into decision making process provides the opportunity for continuous process improvement. The untapped ideas, innovations, and creative thoughts of employees can make the difference between success and failure. Competition is so fierce that it would be unwise not use every available tool. (more…)

May 5, 2009

Formal Work Group and its Role in Continuous Improvement: Quality Circles

Quality Circle Training

Quality Circle Training

Formal work groups result primarily from the organizing function of management. In other words group of people who report to a supervisor is a formal work group. The role of formal work group is very important in achieving quality and productivity at workplace. There are different team configurations that strive hard to achieve these objectives. One such use of formal work group is the quality circle, which originated in Japan. A quality circle is composed of a group of employees (usually 5 to 15 people) who are members of a single work unit, section, or department. The unit’s supervisor or manager is usually included as member of the quality circle. These employees have a common bond; they perform similar service or function by turning out a product, part of a product, or a service. Membership in a quality circle is almost always voluntary. The basic purpose of a quality circle is to discuss quality problems and to generate ideas that might help improve quality. (more…)

April 21, 2009

Concept of Teams, their Types and Functions

teamwork

Teams are groups of two or more people who interact and influence each other, are mutually accountable for achieving common objectives and perceive themselves as social entity within an organization. All teams exist to fulfil some purposes, such as assembling a product, providing a service, operating a submarine or making an important decision. Team members are held together by their interdependence and need for collaboration to achieve a common goal. (more…)

April 19, 2009

5S in Toyota Motor Corporation

Here are few images taken from Toyota Motor Corporation that explain how this great organization follows principles of 5S in their factories and offices:
5S in Engine Assembly Plant

5S in Engine Assembly Plant

 

Place for everything and everything in its place

Place for everything and everything in its place

 

Cleanliness is the cornerstone of 5S philosophy

Cleanliness is the cornerstone of 5S philosophy

 

The 5S Culture in Office Setting

An example of perfect sorting

An example of perfect sorting

 

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An aerial view of one of the many plants of Toyota Motor Corporation

An aerial view of one of the many plants of Toyota Motor Corporation

Credit: Special thanks to Mr.Salman Raja and his TQM group for sending me these lovely images that remind me of my wounderful days in Toyota Motor Corporation when I stayed in Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka on my training assignment.

March 18, 2009

Kaizen: The Life Blood of Standardized Work

Standardized work and KAIZEN are the means by which people make the Toyota Production System work. People are by far the most important element of the entire system. Without the support of everyone involved, no part of the system will work. No matter how ingenious the method of production or service  may be,  for example, if the workers do not follow rules, the entire system of production control will fall apart. (more…)

An Overview of HR Consultancy

Filed under: General Business Management Posts — Tags: , , — Ferhan Syed @ 7:39 pm

Most managers in organizations have dealings with consultants on a regular basis. The days are when organizations hired staff to cover all their needs. For example OD consultants are now engaged to help the organization through any necessary process or behavioral change in it. (more…)

Standardized Work in Toyota Production System

The foundation of the everyday operation  in Toyota Production System is Standardized Work,  standardized procedures that regulate every single work step in the entire process of producing an automobile. Concentrating on human movements, Standardized Work sets up the best work sequence for each manufacturing and assembling process. Once the most efficient sequence has been determined, it is always repeated in exactly the same way, thereby avoiding unnecessary motion and wasted effort, maintaining quality, assuring safety, and preventing damage. (more…)

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