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.

To learn more about this, please read the article below, and of course let us know if you need any assistance with your maintenance, maintainability, or reliability training programs.

Plus, check out our recorded webinar on maintenance, maintainability, organizational learning, and continuous improvement. 

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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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Free Download–Deming’s 14 Management Points Guide

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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Free 7 Tools of Quality Guide Download

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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The P-D-C-A Cycle: Free Infographic

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We’ve created a cool (and free, which is cool in itself!) Plan-Do-Check-Act Cycle infographic for you and it’s just a little further down this page. Exciting, no?

You can learn even more about the P-D-C-A cycle here, and if you’re interested in this P-D-C-A infographic, you may also be interested in our similar (and also free!) DMAIC infographic, our 7 Tools of Quality Guide, and our Deming’s 14 Points guide.

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

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FREE PDCA Cycle Infographic

Download this free infographic of the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle commonly used for quality control, project planning, and continuous improvement.

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Free Manufacturing Training Guide: 5 Tips for Better Manufacturing Training

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In today’s economy, effective manufacturing training is a necessity. If you’re not training your workers to do their jobs properly, you’re pouring money down the drain and losing your competitive advantage.

To help you out, we’ve created a free Manufacturing Training Guide you can download. It’s right at the bottom of this article. You

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On-the-Job Training (OJT): An Intro

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On-the-job training, also commonly known as OJT, is a time-tested, popular, and effective workforce training solution. In fact, as we’ll discuss later in this article, it’s probably the single most commonly used form of training in workplaces. OJT is also sometimes known as direct instruction.

OJT comes in different forms, as you’ll learn below. It can be more or less successful depending on the several factors, including how it’s designed and the participants. We’ll cover that below, too. And it can make up different percentages of an employee’s overall workforce learning & development experience. Yep, we’ll touch on that below.

In this article, we’ll take a deeper dive into on-the-job training (OJT), explaining what it is, why it’s popular, why workplaces should use it, and how to use it so that it’s most effective in terms of helping workers develop skills they’ll need to perform their jobs effectively and contribute to the overall success of the company they work for.

If you know of us as a producer of online training courses for workforce training, you may be surprised we’re writing about OJT. But we strongly believe OJT is an important part of an overall blended learning solution for workforce training, and that’s why our learning management system (LMS) is designed to help administer not only online learning but also OJT and other types of training, such as instructor-led classroom training.

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Updated Electrical Soldering Online Training Course Released

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We’re excited to let you know that we’ve recently updated our Online Electrical Soldering Training Course and it’s available in its new, updated version.

The newly updated electrical soldering course is one of several courses in a series on industrial equipment and tools, which is itself just one part of our industrial maintenance skills online training library.

We’ve got a preview video of the newly updated soldering course for you below, but in addition know that we have other courses on related topics such as Welding and Welding Safety.

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Updated Current, Voltage, and Resistance Online Training Course Released

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We just updated and re-released our existing Current, Voltage, and Resistance online electrical training course.

The course is one of a collection of courses in our Online Industrial Electrical Training series of courses, which is itself part of our Industrial Maintenance and Skills course library.

We’ve got some additional information, including a course preview video, below for you.

Know that in addition to the course, series, and library mentioned above, we also offer online electrical safety training courses as part of our online health and safety training library.

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The Training Within Industry (TWI) Job Relations Program (JR): Making Better Managers

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Not that long ago, we wrote an an overview of Training Within Industry (TWI).

As that article explains, TWI was a job training program created by the U.S. government during World War II. And, as it turns out, it had a strong influence on the development of  lean manufacturing in Japan.

TWI includes four primary components–Job Methods, Job Instruction, Job Relations (these three are together known as the “J Programs”), and Program Development.

In this post, we’re going to take a closer look at the Job Relations program, also known as the JR program.

You might also find these other posts about TWI interesting:

In addition, check out these articles on lean manufacturing:

And of course, check out our online courses on lean manufacturing training.

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