November, 2004 Newsletter Articles

Obstacles on the Path to Registration

Nov 20, 2004 in Newsletter | 0 comments

Are you planning to seek registration to ISO 9001:2000 or one of the related industry sector schemes? Be prepared to encounter one or more of these problems on your journey: 1. Difficulty identifying and creating new processes within the system. 2. Creation of unneeded detail in documented procedures and instructions. 3. Lack of visible and demonstrated management commitment and support. 4. Personnel not following the prescribed procedures per their training. 5. Resistance by some employees to process measurements and change. 6. Conflicting...

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Process-Based Auditing for ISO/TS 16949:2002

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The 2nd Edition of the Automotive Certification Scheme for ISO/TS 16949:2002, Rules for Achieving IATF Recognition, requires organizations and registrars to conduct process-based audits. According to section 2.7, each onsite audit by a registrar (initial, surveillance, and recertification) must include an audit of: a) Implementation of requirements for new customers since the last audit b) Customer complaints and organization responses c) Internal audit and management review results and actions d) Progress made toward continual improvement...

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Software Project Management Practices: Failure vs. Success

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The October 2004 issue of CrossTalk, the Journal of Defense Software Engineering, includes an article by Capers Jones titled, “Software Project Management Practices: Failure Versus Success”. The analysis of approximately 250 large software projects between 1995 and 2004 shows an interesting pattern. When comparing large projects that successfully achieved their cost and schedule estimates against those that ran late, were over budget, or were canceled without completion, six common problems were observed: poor project...

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ISO/TS 16949:2002 Corrected Version and New Rules

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The ISO/TS 16949:2002 Corrected Version has been released and is available through AIAG. Current copies of ISO/TS 16949:2002 are still valid provided you have the four errata issued by ISO and the IATF. You can download the errata at:http://www.aiag.org/publications/quality/iatfquality.cfm In addition, ISO/TS 16949:2002 Rules 2nd Edition has been released. It is available for $15 for members and $45 for non-members. The ISO/TS 16949:2002 Rules First Edition remains in effect until December 15, 2004. The ISO/TS 16949:2002 Corrected Version and...

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Emergency Management and Business Continuity

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The National Fire Protection Association’s well-known standard, NFPA 1600, recently received the seal of approval by being endorsed by the 9/11 Commission in its report to the nation. The commission asked the American National Standards Institute to develop a “consensus on a National Standard for Preparedness” for the private sector. ANSI recommended a voluntary program based on NFPA 1600 and the commission agreed. Here is the commission’s recommendation: “We endorse the American National Standards Institute’s...

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