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Can quality and innovation coexist?

Improving quality is often viewed as a “mom and apple pie” issue; it’s fairly rare to hear a corporate spokesman rail against the need for quality.  But quality does indeed have some detractors who say that raising quality levels can also raise costs, and a focus on quality can ripple out to stifle other aspects […]

Getting the skinny on quality

For years, Six Sigma has been considered the ultimate in quality programs. But for many companies, it was too expensive. The cost aspect is being addressed by combining Six Sigma with lean manufacturing techniques. The resulting Lean Sigma approach focuses on doing things smarter, faster and better. It has concepts like value stream mapping, in […]