Process and Bowling

I have been dabbling once again with bowing.  I did this when I was a kid with my family.  I bowled on a league from time to time as well.  Then you graduate, get a job, wife, and child, and you sort of just stop plying for whatever reason.  As I restart my bowling endeavor, I realize how process intensive it is.  Stand here. Aim at this specific point (dots on the lane).  Walk like this, ball moves out, then back, then forward while moving toward the foul line.  The swing comes forward, ball comes off the hand like this, then follow through, then ball lands on your spot, then look up at the pins to see if you are going to do anything productive.  This should look like a process to you. I notice, when I tick all of the boxes in a good way, I knock down most if not all of the pins. Violation of some of … Continue reading

Executives, Experience, and Engagement in the Work

Executives, Experience, and Engagement in the Work.

By Jon M. Quigley

Discussion board on Engagement

I participate in discussion boards on a company called Convetit.  Convetit has people sponsoring discussion boards on a specific topic areas. These people pose specific questions within the confines of the topic area and individuals that have been approved to work on that discussion board, answer those questions and perhaps ask questions of their own.  I am on several boards, have been on more than I am presently, but some of those boards are:

Capturing Knowledge to Empower Future Leaders and Employees

Exploring Technical Trends & Innovations in the Development of Online Experiences

Exploring Packaging Solutions to Reduce in-store Shrinking and Theft

The one of interest for me, is Capturing Knowledge to Empower Future Leaders and Employees.  I have been ruminating on this for years now, originating in 2013 or so when I saw a study from Gallup regarding employee … Continue reading

Project Control

“The Monitoring and Controlling Process Group consists of those processes required to track, review, and orchestrate the progress and performance of a project; identify any areas in which changes to the plan are required; and initiate the corresponding changes.” Continue reading

26 Tips to Encourage Strong Work Ethic

A person’s work ethic is directly correlated with their productivity and is best developed through guidance and encouragement. But sometimes identifying the values we want to emphasize becomes difficult if we don’t have a clear set of goals.We asked experts to share their most valuable tips in successfully promoting strong work ethic to their employees.

Here are 26 tips to encourage strong work ethic in the workplace.

“Here’s a list of 26 strong work ethic  tips, check out the link to read more”, our contribution to the Fit Small Business articles.


Brainstorming and Cost Improvement

The brainstorming technique is attributed to Alex Faickney Osborne as explained in his 1953 book, Applied Imagination. The technique arose from frustration with the inability of employees to develop creative solutions for problems. Personal experience suggests this is a valuable tool when deployed appropriately and the guidelines are followed. If we populate the team with diverse backgrounds we can see ideas build on other ideas very rapidly.

To really find the areas for cost improvement we must let go of our mental impediments to uncovering these opportunities. It is very probable that there are plenty of cost improvement possibilities. However, in our daily work execution we may not find the time to free our minds to consider these possibilities. A brainstorming exercise can go far to fuel the imagination, to open a “space” to think laterally at what may be possible. We have successfully employed this technique to:

Reduce costs Generate intellectual property Reduce weight for … Continue reading

Estimates are not Law nor Fire and Forget

by: Jon M Quigley

There has been some twitter-go-round regarding estimates. Estimates are not always guesses, but very frequently these maybe just that. If we chose not to delude ourselves, we know when we have some substance behind our estimates, that is our estimates are based upon some relevant historical data that allows us to see the range of possibilities for this specific type of work as part of deriving the estimates. That is not to say that this is perfect only to say that there is some historical reason for our estimates, the further afield this specific work is from those earlier types of work, the more risk in the estimates.

In many cases estimates should not be point source estimates, that is a single number. This provides the illusion of certainty to those looking at the estimates. I think this is probably one of the reasons why managers and executives seem to treat these numbers as … Continue reading

Poke Yoke

Poke Yoke

Jon M Quigley

There are a set of tools and techniques that come with developing products for the automotive industry and are part of the Advanced Product Quality Planning for the product.  We have written about APQP or some years and have decades of experience in this approach to product development.  In general, the phases of the project are described as:

Voice of Customer Product Development Process Development Product Validation Process Validation Launch Feedback



We have a discussion board that supports questions you may have regarding APQP.  Today, we will ruminate on the technique known as Poke Yoke, which I heard an Supplier Quality Assurance professional refer to as “goof proofing”.  While largely benefiting manufacturing, these considerations and implementation is achieved in the development work, otherwise we end up doing considerable rework of the developed product to optimize manufacturing or field service work. Rather, we will use design for manufacturing (DFM) or design for … Continue reading

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