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ISO 9001:2015

Clause 6: Planning – If you fail to plan…

Posted: January 29, 2016 at 10:52 am   /   ISO 9001:2015

ISO 9001:2015 Clause 6: Planning – if you fail to plan.. his is by no means a new concept, but there are some new requirements. Deming introduced the Plan-Do-Check-Act mantra back in the 50s and explained that he based his work on Shewart’s ‘Plan-Do-Study-Act’ cycle. Believe it or not, Deming claims to have used the […]

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Clause 5: Leadership – lead, follow or get out of the way!

Posted: January 24, 2016 at 9:52 pm   /   ISO 9001:2015

ISO 9001:2015 Clause 5 “Leadership – the ‘make it or break it’ component of any management system” Leadership is one of the 8 Management Principles we’ve used for years as the guiding lights for our systems. They are now described in section o.2 – Quality Management Principles and have been reduced to 7 by combining […]

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ISO 9001:2015 Clause 4 – “Context of the Organization”

Posted: January 11, 2016 at 8:56 pm   /   ISO 9001:2015

ISO 9001:2015 Clause 4 “Context of the Organization” This is a valuable requirement to spend some time on. The better we understand our ‘Context’, the stronger Management System we will design. It will result in more resilience for our organization. This clause requires that we identify what kids of external and internal issues exist that will […]

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Auditing 2.0

Posted: December 8, 2015 at 6:23 pm   /   ISO 9001:2015, Process Improvements

Now that we have the final version of ISO 9001:2015, it’s time to see if there are any implications for our organizations on the auditing side. Well, there are! The disappearance of specific required documents should not be any surprise. We went from 20 required procedures in the 1987 and 1994 versions down to 6 […]

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Change is in the air – ISO 9001 and Requirements for Managing Change!

Posted: October 31, 2015 at 8:55 pm   /   Featured, ISO 9001:2015

The current version of ISO 9001 has some important requirements for managing change. This is no surprise, and we are wise to remember that change introduces risk into our organizations. So when you’re planning a change (and we hope you are planning it!) remember to assess the level of risk associated with ‘something new’. 1. System […]

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Connect the dots: PDCA, Risk-based thinking and the Process Approach

Posted: October 11, 2015 at 2:51 pm   /   ISO 9001:2015, Process Improvements

Risk-based thinking Risk-based thinking helps an organization determine what circumstances could cause hiccups, or worse, disaster. The idea here is to anticipate what might go wrong and create mitigation plans. On the flip side, ‘risk’ can be positive and organizations can build a Management System that puts them in a position to make maximum use […]

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