Category Archives: Chap 09 Quality

Rolls Royce testing of engine components

Rolls Royce have just released this insightful video. It provides a guided tour of the Mechanical Test Operation Centre, Rolls-Royce Deutschland, to explain how they test their engine components. Advertisements

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Toyota Production System manufacturing fork lifts

This is an interesting promo video for two reasons.  First, most videos about the Toyota Production System (TPS) are filmed in car manufacturing plants – but this video shows fork lift trucks being manufactured.  Second, it focuses primarily on how … Continue reading

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Social media and customer service

I do not often do this, but this blog is about another aspect of Wyndham Hotels’ approach to customer service, from the same Forbes story posted yesterday.  It’s worth separating out from yesterday’s blog because it deals with a very … Continue reading

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No brainer – customer service starts with the CEO

I love this Forbes story about Geoff Ballotti, CEO of Wyndham Hotels.  First, it emphasises something that is at the core of successful operations management – aligning the organisational culture with the strategic goals of the firm – and the … Continue reading

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Quality gaps in the digital customer experience

Last week, Capgemini launched their report – ‘The Disconnected Customer: what digital customer experience leaders teach us about reconnecting with customers‘ (PDF available here).  This is based on research with 600 executives and 3,000 consumers.   It seems that this … Continue reading

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The tension between six sigma and innovation

Every now and again you come across something that you wish you’d read and/or blogged about years ago.  So it is with this article by Brian Hindo written in 2007, and to be found on the Bloomberg.com website.  It does … Continue reading

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‘Cognitive manufacturing’ – how the internet of things and analytics apply to factories

IBM Watson’s video is a great introduction to IoT and analytics in the manufacturing context…  

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How many product recalls in May already?

Having just blogged about service recovery, this seems like a good topic to look at!  Consumer Affairs is a consumer website in the USA that lists product recalls.  So far this month they have 18 listed for products ranging from … Continue reading

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When does a defective product become more valuable than the standard product?

There are some products that are more valuable when they do not conform to the standard expected.  This applies to postage stamps, and also units of currency.  I was reminded of this when this story  broke in the news.  It … Continue reading

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An alternative view of how to handle complaints

I blogged about complaint handling on January 17 this year.  But I’ve just come across this article – ‘7 Science-Backed Strategies for Dealing with Angry Customers’.  What’s interesting is that my earlier blog also listed 7 things to do, so … Continue reading

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