Risk Management Basics: What Is Risk?

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In this installment of our Risk Management Basics series, we’re going to get very, very basic. In specific, we’re going to ask what does “risk” mean in risk management. How that’s for a basic Risk Management Basics topic?

And before we get going explaining what risk means in the context of risk management, we’d like to invite you to use the comments section to suggest topics for future risk management basics series articles. Just let us know what risky topic you’d like to learn more about…

And if you’re involved in occupational safety and health, feel free to download the free Guide to Using Risk Management for Occupational Safety and Health at the bottom of this article (but note, this article addresses risk management and risk assessment in a general manner and can be applied to any aspect of enterprise risk management).

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What Is 5S? Infographic

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5S is one of the foundations of lean manufacturing. If you want to implement lean at your workplace, 5S is a great place to start. And even if you don’t want to go “full lean,” 5S can be very valuable at your workplace, leading to improvements in productivity, efficiency, quality, and safety.

To help you get started with 5S or lean, we’ve prepared the free 5S infographic for you at the bottom of this article. Download a copy for yourself today! 

Of course, we also offer an entire series of online 5S training courses. Check ’em out!

In addition, you might want to check out some of our other articles related to lean manufacturing:

Downloading the 5S infographic below is a great way to get up to speed on 5S now–enjoy! 

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Download this free infographic explaining 5S, one of the foundations of lean manufacturing.

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7 Wastes of Lean Infographic

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One of the foundations of lean manufacturing is to reduce waste.

In the early days of the Toyota Production System (TPS), which is where lean manufacturing originated, Toyota engineer Taiichi Ohno developed a list of seven wastes. You can download a free infographic at the bottom of this article that lists all of these wastes for you, and you might want to check out our online courses for lean manufacturing training.

In addition, you might want to check out some of our other articles related to lean manufacturing:

We hope the infographic below helps your organization identify and root out waste and start providing more value to your customers.

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Download this free infographic listing the seven wastes of lean manufacturing as originally devised by Taiichi Ohno of the Toyota Production System (TPS).

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5 Principles of Lean Manufacturing Infographic

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Lean manufacturing is dedicated to reducing waste in order to increase value. In the book The Machine that Changed the World, James Womack, Daniel Jones, and Daniel Roos identified five principles that underlie lean manufacturing efforts.

Download our free 5 Principles of Lean Manufacturing infographic below to learn the five principles. You might also want to check out our online courses for lean manufacturing training.

In addition, you might want to check out some of our other articles related to lean manufacturing:

We hope the infographic below helps you get started on your own lean journey.

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Download this free infographic explaining the five principles of lean manufacturing as listed in the book The Machine that Changed the World.

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Create a Culture for Maintainability, Reliability & Continuous Improvement

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Would you like to create a culture that supports maintainability, reliability, and continuous improvement? Sure you would!

So how should you do that? Well, one of the ways it is look at (and perhaps improve) your organizational culture. In fact, our friend Dr. Klaus Blache from the University of Tennessee Reliability & Maintainability Center (UT-RMC….read below to learn more about our partnership) says this on the topic: “For as long as I can remember, culture has been, simultaneously, the top roadblock and leading opportunity for large implementations and ongoing improvement.”

Source: Efficient Plant Magazine, “Cultural Improvement Takes Work,” February 2018, page 36

In this article, we’ll talk a little more about the importance of organizational culture for increasing maintainability, reliability, and continuous improvement and give you some tips for improving culture to see some of these benefits.

This is another in our series of collaborations with UT-RMC. If you’ve missed our previous articles in this series, you might want to check out our What Is Reliability & Maintainability? article.

Also, feel free to download the free PDCA infographic at the bottom of this article.

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8 Principles of Risk Management: Risk Management Basics

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This is the first article in an ongoing series that will introduce the concepts of risk management. The articles and series will be based on the ISO 31000 standard for risk management (at least the initial articles will) and the discussion about risk management in these articles can be applied in any industry and for any subject–finances, supply-chain management, brand reputation, talent recruitment and retention, market share, occupational safety and health, supply-chain management, and more (this is known as enterprise risk management).

If you’re new to risk and risk management, we hope that the articles in this series will demystify the field to you and show you the opportunities that taking a risk-based approach can offer in a variety of applications.

Please let us know if you have any questions you’d like us to address in future Risk Management Basics articles, and of course do use the comments section if you’d like to chime in with your own knowledge, thoughts, and experiences.

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What Is Reliability & Maintainability?

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We’ve recently partnered with our friends at the University of Tennessee (Knoxville) Reliability & Maintainability Center to offer reliability & training opportunities in both instructor-led and online formats (more about that below).

As a result, we’ll be writing a series of articles to introduce you to some key concepts in reliability and maintainability.

This is the first article in the series, and we’re going to keep it basic and foundational by giving a quick and easy definition of reliability and maintainability.

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What Is the ISO 9001 Quality Management Standard?

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The ANSI/ASQ 9001: 2015 Quality Management Systems Standard is the US national standard for Quality Management Systems (QMS).

It is an identical adoption of the ISO 9001 standard for Quality Management Systems.

If you’d like to learn more, read on. Also, know that we’ve got a nice (and free!) 7 Basic Tools of Quality download for you at the bottom of this article, as well as the following other Quality-related downloads for you: Deming’s 14 Management Points Guide, DMAIC Infographic, and PDCA Cycle infographic.

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Deming’s 14 Points: The Roots of Total Quality Management (TQM)

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W. Edwards Deming first listed his 14 points for management in his book Out of the Crisis, and they ultimately went on to have a significant influence on Total Quality Management, or TQM.

We’ve created a free downloadable guide for you that lists and explains each of the fourteen points. We even left some space alongside each point so you can write your own notes.

Download the Deming’s 14 Points guide now and keep your eyes open for more similar freebies from us (such as this PDCA Cycle infographic, this DMAIC infographic, and this 7 Tools of Quality guide).

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Download this free guide to the 14 points of management proposed by the famous Quality guru W. Edwards Deming.

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7 Tools of Quality: Free Guide

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The Seven Basic Tools of Quality are powerful tools for quality assurance issues.

Our free downloadable guide below explains each and how to use them.

Download the guide now and stay tuned for similar offerings from your friends at Convergence Training (such as this PDCA Cycle infographic, this DMAIC infographic, and this Deming’s 14 Management Points guide).

You can also read more here about the 7 tools of quality.

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Get this free guide to the 7 Basic Tools of Quality, widely used in quality assurance (QA) and other continuous improvement processes.

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DMAIC: Free Infographic

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If you’d like a quick and easy way to get a little familiar with DMAIC from Six Sigma, well, we’ve created a free DMAIC infographic for you!

DMAIC is often used in Six Sigma. To learn more, check out our online Six Sigma training course.

Just click the download button to get a copy for yourself. And if you’re interested in this DMAIC infographic, you may also want to check out our free PDCA infographic, our free 7 Tools of Quality guide, and our Deming’s 14 Points of Management guide.

Click the button below to download your own copy of this DMAIC infographic, and stay tuned for more similar stuff from us. 

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Free DMAIC Infographic Download

Download this free infographic explaining the popular Design, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control (DMAIC) process commonly used in Six Sigma.

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