Photonics Quality Alliance of Montana
The Photonics Quality Alliance of Montana was developed to support the growth of the photonics businesses of Montana through the development and implementation of Quality Processes leading to Superior Products and Services. We are a collaborative and open network, committed to learning, with a bias for action and measurable outcomes. We respect the confidentiality of participating members and their employers. We sponsor regular presentations and discussions and a library of TOOLS and RESOURCES.
We envision Montana as a recognized world leader in the photonics industry.
We are a collaborative and open network, committed to learning, with a bias for action and measurable outcomes. We respect the confidentiality of participating members and their employers.
We welcome any organization focused on transforming Montana photonics businesses through the development and implementation of Quality Processes and shared knowledge.
For example, the Quality Pocket Reference Guide was developed in the first year of meetings and provides immediately useful tools to help solve problems and improve quality. It includes a holistic view of what can contribute to quality problems in the Fishbone Diagram, an example Pareto Chart used to quantify which problems need to be addressed first, several approaches to Ongoing or Continuous Improvement, and tools to conduct effective Root Cause Analysis.
TEMPLATES AND TOOLS
Quality Systems 101: Where to start? A brief introduction to Quality Systems and Continual Improvement.
Quality Pocket Reference: This document is a work in process and is a collection of information that has been found useful by members of the Photonics Quality Alliance of Montana.
Out of the Crises – W. Edwards Deming (Focus on management style. A timeless classic for North Americans.)
Learning to See: Value Stream Mapping to Add Value and Eliminate Muda – John R. Shook, John Shook, and Mike Rother (Classic on LEAN manufacturing and value stream mapping.)
Lean Six Sigma Demystified: A Self-Teaching Guide - Jay Arthur (Simplified root cause analysis, Pareto and the quality methods that are really useful. Useful software.)
Quality Planning and Analysis – J.M. Juran and Frank M. Gryna (Statistical tools, continual improvement; higher level theory.)
A beginner’s Guide to Quality in Manufacturing – Michael Tedaldi, Fred Scaglione and Vincent Russotti. (Simplified practical SPC, quality control. May be out of print.)
Originals – How Non-conformists Move the World – Adam Grant (How to become more original)
The Goal by Eli Goldratt (The fundamental introduction to the Theory of Constraints which can help identify which problems to work on first and help eliminate bottlenecks and generate revenue.)
The Toyota Way by Jeffery Liker (A good fundamental yet technical introduction to LEAN manufacturing and how Toyota has used the principles)
Business/ Management / Finance
Good to Great by Jim Collins (An interesting study of how some companies excel while their competitors struggle to make breakthroughs in the business world)
Throughput Accounting by Thomas Corbett (Few books study the concept of throughput accounting. This book can change the way you think about the accuracy and effectiveness of your accounting systems)
First, Break All the Rules by Marcus Buckingham & Curt Coffman (What the world's greatest managers do differently)
Built to Serve by Dan J. Sanders (How to Drive the Bottom Line with People First Practices)
We sponsor regular presentations and discussions. If you would like to become a member or simply attend, contact Rand at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Excellent Quality Processes lead to stellar industry reputation, growth in sales, reduced costs, and more…
Imagine a calm workday. There are no fires to put out. You can focus on design or strategic planning. There are no customer complaints or RMAs or the need to make a quick trip to repair an installation. A well-designed system of processes is the key to achieving this desired state. The members of the Quality Alliance are well-versed in the value consistent high quality brings to their businesses. Spending the time to build a robust Quality Management System (QMS) paves the way for your organization to perform their work effectively, efficiently, and consistently. If you do the work correctly the first time, there are no costs for repair, rework, and replacement allowing more capacity for building product. Spend less time on calls with unhappy customers and more time making sales calls. Building quality product with quality processes is the core of your business success. Implementing a QMS is a key business strategy for achieving your organization’s goals and objectives, fulfilling your mission, and turning your vision into a reality.