August, 2005 Newsletter Articles

Second Edition of SPC Manual from AIAG

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The Statistical Process Control Reference Manual, second edition, is now available. This reference manual, published by DaimlerChrysler Corporation, Ford Motor Company and General Motors Corporation, provides an approach to the fundamentals of statistical process control (SPC) based on use in the automotive industry. The manual also establishes a basis for understanding more advanced SPC methods. The SPC Reference Manual, Second Edition, has an improved flow and: Reinforces the need for a systemic approach to analysis of variation in...

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Special Audit Guidance in QE19011S-2004

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Many of you receiving this newsletter are auditors. Depending on when you were trained, you may have received a copy of ISO 10011 (now withdrawn), or its replacement,  ISO 19011:2002, Guidelines for Quality and/or Environmental Management Systems Auditing. All RABQSA-certified auditor training courses are now based on ISO 19011. In the USA, we have another source of audit guidance, ANSI/ISO/ASQ QE19011S-2004. It contains the full text of ISO 19011:2002, along with supplemental text intended for organizations with simple systems. The...

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Computer Sabotage: An Insider Threat

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According to recent research, employees and contractors are perpetrating more cyber security attacks than ever to harm organizations intentionally. Computer security threats have challenged IT management, administrators, and auditors since the beginning of the high-tech age. Although much has been published on external threats, such as viruses, worms, and hackers, statistics are not as clear regarding the prevalence of cases perpetrated by insiders. To help organizations gain a better understanding of insider risks, the CERT Coordination...

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Industry Guidelines for ISO 9001:2000

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In addition to the primary set of quality management system standards: ISO 9000:2000 Fundamentals and Vocabulary ISO 9001:2000 Requirements ISO 9004:2000 Guidelines for Performance Improvement there are industry guidelines for quality management systems: IWA 1 – Guidelines for Process Improvements in Health Care Organizations IWA 2 – Guidelines for the Application of ISO 9001:2000 in Education ISO 90003 – Guidelines for the Application of ISO 9001:2000 to Computer Software ISO 15161 – Guidelines on the Application...

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Authorized SCAMPI Appraisals of CMMI Practices

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Some of you have noticed that we offer CMMI consulting, and have asked, “What is CMMI?” For more than 20 years, the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) has had the national mandate to advance the state of the practice of software engineering and to serve as a national resource in software engineering and technology. The SEI is a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense and operated by Carnegie Mellon University. CMMI (Capability Maturity Model Integrated) is a process improvement...

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Revised ISO 17025:2005 for Testing and Calibration Labs

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A second edition has been published of ISO 17025, the ISO standard acknowledged as the international benchmark for approving the competence of the testing and calibration laboratories that play a vital role in trade, in product development and manufacturing, and in protection of the consumer. ISO 17025:2005, General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories, replaces the 1999 edition which has been used to “accredit” (approve) some 25,000 laboratories worldwide that test products and samples, and...

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