Quality Technology and Innovation

Posted on September 2, 2006  Comments (2)

The Future of Quality Technology: From a Manufacturing to a Knowledge Economy and From Defects to Innovations [sadly the link to ASQ fails, sigh, http://www.asqstatdiv.org/documents/newsletters/Winter06StatDiv.pdf] by Soren Bisgaard:

we need to be good at both breakthrough and incremental innovation. Not either/or, but both! And this is where the quality profession comes in. Much of what quality technology is applied to can broadly be
characterized as incremental innovation.

This article does a good job of explaining why “quality/lean…” should not be viewed as just process improvement, and innovation as something separate. I agree, as discussed in: Quality and Innovation. Many quality and lean tools are focused on process improvement. But those tools are part of a system that requires customer focused innovation (including breakthrough innovation).

Also in this issue of the ASQ statistics division newsletter, is the acceptance speech by the most recent Hunter Award (named for my father) winner: Douglas M. Hawkins.

Related: Curious Cat Management Improvement LibrarySoren Bisgaard 2002 Hunter Award speechDeming on InnovationBetter and DifferentInnovation at ToyotaSix Keys to Building New Markets by Unleashing Disruptive InnovationGlobal Manufacturing Data by CountryManufacturing Jobs Data: USA and China

2 Responses to “Quality Technology and Innovation”

  1. Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog ยป Soren Bisgaard 1951-2009
    December 20th, 2009 @ 1:34 pm

    I will remember the passion he brought to his work. He reminded me of my father in his desire to improve how things are done and provide people the opportunity to lead better lives…

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    […] Be Better, and Different (when sensible) – we need to be good at both breakthrough and incremental innovation – Toyota Develops Thought-controlled Wheelchair – How to Get a New Management Strategy, […]

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