Tuesday, December 15, 2009

What is TQM?

What is TQM?

The best source to go for this is Dr. J M Juran's teachings on TQM. The next best is to refer to the Baldrige award criteria.

I will try to present a summary of Dr. JMJ's view on TQM.

Goals
Customer Satisfaction
Employee Empowerment
Cost/Waste Reduction
Revenue Improvement.

Processes
Quality Planning
Quality Control
Quality Improvement.

This is also known as the Juran Trilogy.

Infrastructure
Total Quality System
Customer-Supplier Chain
Organization-Wide Involvement
Measurement and Information
Education and Training.

Foundation
Strategic Quality Planning
Executive Leadership
Customer Focus.

The above model is explained in JMJ’s courses and also described in some of his books. You may also refer his books – Quality, Planning, and Analysis and Managerial Breakthrough.

The Baldrige model also provides a comprehensive treatment of TQM. It is important to understand that unlike techniques such as Six Sigma and Balanced Scorecard, TQM is a larger body of knowledge. Several authors have taken a shot to develop a model for TQM but in my view only Juran’s work and the Baldrige model come close. And even this maybe incomplete.
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3 comments:

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p thareja said...

My opoem, written on " What is Quality" is available at http://thareja.com

prof Priyavrat Thareja

Manjot kaur said...

Value stream mapping is a very good tool. From my experience, VSM can be used in both make-to-stock and make-to-order products.


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