August, 2008 Newsletter Articles

New APQP 2nd Edition

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The Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) reference manual provides common guidelines for a product quality plan and control plans leading to product that satisfies customer expectations. The new APQP 2nd edition explains all the steps necessary to plan for successful product approval submission and for common communication of program status between the supplier, organization, and OEM. This guidance manual employs the process approach and provides recommendations for a reduction in the complexity of product quality planning, including...

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Webinars on Software Best Practices

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The CAI’s IT Metrics and Productivity Institute is hosting a series of free weekly webinars on software best practices. Each webinar will feature an expert speaker who has extensively researched, and successfully applied, best practice principles to the development and maintenance of software. For example, the webinars in August 2008 are: 8/13/08 – Root Cause Analysis: What Is It and How Do I Do It? 8/14/08 – Essential Measurements for Software Projects 8/19/08 – ITIL Early Adoptors: Initial Results 8/20/08 – IT...

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Predictive Maintenance

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Jonathan Katz begins his Industry Week article with the statement, “Plant floor machines have so much to say.” He goes on to explain that trapped inside every machine is a wealth of information that can tell maintenance technicians if small hiccups might develop into large problems. Tapping into this machine information is becoming easier with predictive maintenance tools. Machine maintenance is evolving from prescheduled routine tasks to the use of more precise indicators that increase maintenance efficiency. Scheduled maintenance...

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AIAG Actionline Article on FMEA 4th Edition

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Our July 2008 newsletter announced the availability of the 4th Edition of the Potential Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) Reference Manual. The June/July 2008 issue of the AIAG Actionline contained an article describing the key updates in the 4th Edition. The improvements include: Formatting and organization Process-driven rather than form-driven Additional examples and explanations Management support Importance of teams Scope and content definition Changes in the ranking tables Linkages between DFMEA and PFMEA To read the FMEA...

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Transition to ISO 9001:2008

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Transition to ISO 9001:2008ISO 9001:2008 is still expected to be published by the end of this year. However, changes to the existing ISO 9001:2000 standard are considered minor and, in principle, there will be no new requirements. What is expected in the updated quality standard are clarifications to the existing requirements of ISO 9001:2000, as well as, changes that are intended to improve consistency with the ISO 14001:2004 environmental standard. According to the International Register of Certificated Auditors (IRCA), there will be a...

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New BOK for Software Quality Engineer

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The Certified Software Quality Engineer (CSQE) body of knowledge (BOK) has been recently updated so that the most current knowledge areas will be tested in future examinations. Part of the updating process was to conduct a job analysis survey to determine whether the current topics in the BOK are still relevant to the role of a Software Quality Engineer and to identify any new topics that have emerged since the BOK was last issued. The results of the CSQE job analysis survey showed that all of the topics in the 2002 BOK are still relevant to...

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