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Implement A Continuous Improvement Program

Strive for Perfection

Portland, Oregon: "Be well. Do it well. Then, do it even better" drives this industrial design firm. These creative perfectionists have come from all over the globe to work side-by-side with this man pictured above, Sohrab Vossoughi. They want to be part of a team that can make a difference in this world and in their life.

"Strive for simplicity, innovation, human-centered interaction, visual interest, and efficiency." This is the calling card not just of a design firm; it is a calling card for all businesses for the future.


Baldrige

Boardroom, founder Marty Edelston
Kaizen


TOC

Time Technology, Peter Skeffington
Six Sigma


Love


Perfection


Quality


TQM

The core values of perfection evolve. Known by many different names over the years, quality control  has  a many-sided perfection. It  started as a focus on best practices in management and then on continuous improvement processes. From manufacturing it has extended to all aspects of business including customer service.

1.  Total Quality Management (TQM) The first recorded use of the expression, TQM, was in the 1974 speech of Koji Kobayashi at Nippon Electrical Company (NEC) where he received the Deming Prize. It became a management fad in the 1980s and continues being used.   More

2.   Kaizen: Kai = change. Zen = good.   "Change for the better."     Edward Deming  popularized the word, kaizen, in the 1950s in Japan (during the American occupation).  He used statistical analysis to improve quality, reduce expense, and increase productivity and market share at Toyota.  More

3.   Six Sigma started with Motorola yet was popularized by GE.   The 1990s was the decade for Six Sigma implementations. Six Sigma continues today with a wide variety of flavors and textures.    More

4.  Theory of Constraints (TOC) with Dr. Eli Goldratt This quality movement has a key person and a wide body of writings  about it.  More

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