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PEST Analysis

PEST Analysis

PEST analysis is a strategic and structured tool for evaluating the external environment of an organization. It allows any organization to understand the macro-environmental factors that affect its performance and its ability to grow. The aim is to understand how those external factors will affect the business, then take appropriate actions to adapt to the changing environment. PEST analysis is often linked with SWOT analysis, and both tools complement each other and are often used together.

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What is a Process

What is a Process

The products and services delivered by any organization are the result of processes. Any business activity whether it is industrial, commercial or service-oriented can be considered as a process. Managing these processes is a key to success for any organization. A process can be defined is a set of steps designed to produce a product or service to add value to a customer. It starts with a business goal and ends with the achievement of the that goal.

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Safety Audit Checklist

Commitment to occupational health and safety is considered an important step toward achieving safe and productive working conditions. A safety audit checklist is a tool that will help to evaluate the safety conditions and practices in any workplace in accordance to common safety standards and regulations. It lists the safety criteria to be met in order to better address compliance gaps, and provides opportunities to improve the workplace environment.

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Lean Audit Checklist

This lean audit checklist is used to evaluate the progress made toward implementing lean in your facility. It helps you understand the strong areas as well as the areas that need to be improved. An action plan for improvement can then be developed and implemented. It uses a six-dimensional model that includes leadership, support systems, value stream, continuous improvement, lean techniques, and standard work. You may conduct lean audits on a periodic basis (for example, annually) or whenever it is needed.

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Project Closure

Project Closure

Projects are time bound by nature. They have to be implemented within a specific period of time. Project Closing is the final phase and an important aspect of the project life cycle. It is, however, one of the most neglected project management activities. A Project Closure is often used in this phase to formally close projects. It used to summarize project results and validates the accomplishment of project goals.

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5S

5S

5S is an improvement tool for organizing and maintaining a disciplined and productive workplace. It helps creating a better working environment, reduces waste while improving efficiency, safety and quality. 5S represents five simple practices that starts with the letter ‘S’. It is commonly applied by manufacturing facilities in production lines, storage areas, maintenance areas, and office areas. It is now being increasingly applied by a wide variety of industries including health care, education, hospitality and retail.

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Daily Self-Evaluation Template

Whether you are a parent, a student, an employee, a community member, or any combination of these roles, evaluating yourself by the end of the day can tell a lot about the kind of person you are. Self-evaluation is an important first step in being aware of yourself, and self-awareness is the first step to personality development and leading a life of meaning and integrity. The main goal is to make you see what you are doing well and what you need to focus on in order to achieve your personal goals. This allows to identify areas in your life to improve such as health, relationships, career, finance, etc.

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Best Practices

Best Practices

A Best Practice is that practice that has been proven to achieve the best results. It represents creative solutions to common problems and has the potential to be replicated internally and externally. Companies are able to learn from other successful organizations by adopting their best practices without the need to reinvent the wheel. Companies can also develop and share their own best practices and innovative solutions.   Read more »  


 

Standard Work

Standard Work

Standard work means working on standards to produce correct and consistent results. It represents the best sequence and the most efficient methods to perform a process. It is considered a way to achieve the highest possible degree of consistency in any process. The purpose is to ensure that everything is done by everyone in a similar manner and carry out the work that achieves the highest quality, best service and lowest cost possible.   Read more »  


 

Normality Testing in Minitab

Normality Testing

The Normal Distribution is the commonest and the most useful continuous probability distribution. Many statistical tests require that the distribution is normal or nearly normal. Several tools are available to assess the normality of data including: using a histogram to visually explore the data, producing a normal probability plot, and carrying out an Anderson-Darling normality test. All these tools are easy to use in Minitab statistical software.   Read more »