September, 2008 Newsletter Articles

Whittington Speaker at ASQ Audit Conference

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Audit Conference: Mastering the Game The 17th Annual ASQ Audit Division conference will be held October 16-17, 2008 in the home of the historic Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Georgia. Audits are more than a “game”, but there are some analogies we can draw that enable all of us, from beginner to “pro”, to improve our approach and execution. In short, “improving” or “mastering” our audit game. Getting equipped: Just as a beginning golfer gets equipped with the basic clubs, spikes, and other...

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New QE 19011S:2008 Audit Guidance

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ISO 19011:2002, “Guidelines for Quality and/or Environmental Management Systems Auditing”, was issued in the United States as QE 19011. Due to the third-party and large organization focus of ISO 19011:2002, a US-only version, QE 19011S:2004, was developed and released. The QE 19011S:2004 standard included all the text from ISO 9011:2002, plus supplemental text for first-party (internal) audits and second-party (supplier) audits, as well as, guidance for small organizations. The new QE 19011S:2008, “Guidelines for Management...

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* PDF File on Changes in ISO 9001:2008

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ccording to a joint announcement by the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and the IAF (International Accreditation Forum), the two organizations have agreed to an implementation plan for a smooth migration to ISO 9001:2008. 1) Certification to ISO 9001:2008 will only be issued after publication of ISO 9001:2008 (expected before the end of 2008) and after a routine surveillance audit or re-certification audit against ISO 9001:2008. 2) One year after publication of ISO 9001:2008, all certifications issued (new certifications...

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Software and System Test Documentation

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The IEEE 829-2008 standard for “Software and System Test Documentation” has been revised. The prior version described the format and content of numerous items of test documentation. The updated standard removes some items of test documentation and modifies the format and content of the remaining items. Test processes determine whether the development products of a given activity conform to the requirements of that activity, and whether the system and/or software satisfy the intended use and user needs. Testing process tasks are...

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Information Security Risk Management

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Organizations of all types are very concerned by threats that could compromise their information security. The new ISO 27005:2008 standard, which describes the information security risk management process and associated actions, will help information technology (IT) departments manage these risks. Threats may be deliberate or accidental, and may relate to either the use and application of IT systems, or to IT’s physical and environmental aspects. These threats may take any form from identity theft, risks of doing business on-line, denial...

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