Holiday greetings to all the good little girls and boys who play in the land of ISO Management Systems! Has Santa got a sleigh full of new toys for you! Let’s start with ISO 9001:2015 which looms ever larger over the North Pole as its anticipated publish date of September 2015 gets closer. Learn More What Does Santa Have Up His Sleeve This Year For Next?
Believe it or not, and to our own personal surprise and delight, our blogs are read by an incredible number of people and sometimes even generate commentary. This was true of our recent blog titled “Delusions of Readiness” wherein we discuss the Aero Industry’s dismay over “soft grading” of nonconformances. Learn More Lest You Feel Neglected
You have heard of March Madness? Fantasy Football, perhaps? Well, I have a new one for you – Fantasy Management. Every now and again, I get to be the “pesky auditor,” out there in the trenches, serving clients with scrutiny and smiles. Learn More Fantasy Management
It began innocently enough. Sitting there across the desk from an eight month new engineering employee at one of our favorite clients, I asked the open ended question about what he liked about his work. Learn More 2013 My Head is in the Cloud
Just when you thought it was safe to schedule your next AS9100 audit, you remember that it will be to AS9100C. Learn More So what have we learned with AS9100C?
So you think your registrar Aerospace auditor is tough, put on your seatbelt and raise your tray tables because there is turbulence ahead! Learn More Delusions of readiness
I have sat silent long enough. I have seen this behavior manifested in enough organizations that it is either chronic or a conspiracy. Are you a member of an organization that is registered to one of the derivatives of the ISO 9001 standard? Are you a member of the quality organization? Learn More Excuse me, Mr. Whipple?
Unlike what one would suspect, auditing a client need not be limited to the confines of the checklist, standard and report. Learn More When is Safety Equipment Hazardous to your Health?
Registrar clients come in all shapes, sizes and temperaments. Some are nervous. Some are worn out. And then, you come upon one who doesn’t mind findings. They actually look upon them truly as ways to improve their work lives. Well, I have such a customer. Learn More In Humor Ye Shall Flourish
So here we are, some of us upgraded to the new AS standard of our choice, some of us not. Some of us are feeling pretty smug, and some of us hearing the deafening tick of the clock as we approach July 1, 2012. Learn More Process Audit Internally….Really?
So have you been wondering where the English language is headed? I am speaking about the new phraseology being used by all those who are too cool for their own mittens. I mean, oh, like, “my bad”. Exactly what does that mean, from where did it come and who in blazes let it in? Learn More Modern Audit Linguistics
So the Holiday Season is upon us, and all Aerospace quality boys and girls know what THAT means! Yes, we have SIX MONTHS TO GO to upgrade the AS quality management systems before Santa leaves us all a big lump of coal. Learn More The Lead Auditor’s Lament
All right, all you Aero auditors out there, attention please. Give me a show of hands for how many have made it through upgrade training? Not bad, not bad! Now, how many have done some upgrade audits? Learn More AS9101 – Has the industry delivered a turkey?
In order to offer benefit and insight to those yet to tread the path of upgrade, we decided to take a survey of our upgraded AS9100 C clients to get a feel how the process went. Learn More The Results are in and they speak of a royal flush!
You can’t be an ISO 9001 auditor for a good length of time and not harbor dreams of how you would have written the standard. Learn More If I Had Written the Standard
Well, the results are in and in some cases they aren’t pretty.
One thing for sure, as far as registrar auditors holding top management toes to the fire, it is happening! A solid 94% or the respondents agree that their registrar interviews top management and 91% agree that the auditors hold top management accountable for areas of the standard. Great news! Learn More Survey Results – When it comes to ISO 9001, who’s really in charge?
Well, the internal audits are done and the non-conformances have been completed and verified for effectiveness.
Top Management, always a tender spot. Learn More AS9100C – Final Preparations – The Final Installment in a Six Part Series
Just when you thought you could predict every AS9100 audit experience, the industry serves up a curve ball called AS9101D. Learn More AS9100C – Evidence of Conformity with Check-less Checklists – Part 5 in a Six Part Series
So, you figure that the best way to be ready for the AS9100C upgrade auditor is to make sure that your processes have been identified and are effective yourself. Learn More AS9100C – Walking the Walk – Talking the Talk – Part 4 in a Six Part Series
So, the auditor is going to validate effectiveness of our processes.
PRI Registrar said that the auditor would be coming for a Stage 1 audit to check the quality manual and our description of the processes showing their sequence and interactions including the identification of any outsourced processes. Learn More AS9100C – Pears that Bear Fruit? – Part Three in a Six Part Series
Another standard? No more checklists? An OER? AS9101D? This is auditing as we have never known it!
All the AS Auditors are trained to AS9101D before they can do audits to AS9100C as AS9101D lays out the way that you are going to experience AS9100C audits from now on. Learn More AS9101D – The New Kid on the Block – Part Two in a Six Part Series
So you are already in March. Certified to AS9100B and figuring you better get started on upgrading your system to AS9100C. After all, any audit after July 1 must be to the new standard. Learn More AS9100C – What’s the big deal? – Part One of a Six-Part Series
Have you noticed any difference with your registration audits since the ISO 9001:2000 standard moved the heat of the auditing spotlight smack dab onto the chief executive of the organization via the addition of the word “top” before references to management? Learn More When it comes to ISO 9001, who’s really in charge?