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Meet Our Spring 2020 Scholarship Winner

Meet Our Spring 2020 Scholarship Winner

Our eighth scholarship competition has come to a close and for another year, we are astounded by the volume of impressive applicants from across the country. Since opening our scholarship competition, we have enjoyed supporting scholars representing a wide range of backgrounds, locations, and ambitions. This year we have had the privilege to read so

World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2020

World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2020

The annual World Day for Safety and Health at Work has one focus this year: stopping the pandemic. On April 28, workers and employers are encouraged to consider the current global pandemic and its impact on the world of work. Even in times of crisis, employers have a duty to ensure safe and healthful working

Earned Value Management (EVM)

Earned Value Management (EVM)

Earned value management, or EVM, is a type of project management that is used for measuring the performance and progress of a project in an objective manner. By looking at the scope, time, and costs of a project this system is able to properly evaluate the value of the work being done. One of the main concepts

Servant Leadership

Servant Leadership

Servant leadership is a type of leadership philosophy that makes it the goal of everyone in positions of authority to serve those who report to them. This is different than traditional leadership strategies where the leader’s primary goal is to make money or other goals for the company. Of course, when done properly, servant leadership will still

Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC)

Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC)

In today’s high-tech world just about every company uses various types of software to run their systems. In many cases, customized software solutions are needed. Whenever developing software, there is a software development life cycle (SDLC) that will be present. This is sometimes called an application development lifecycle. Either way, it is a process where developers can

Quality Assurance (QA)

Quality Assurance (QA)

Quality Assurance (QA) is a method used for identifying mistakes, and getting them addressed, before a product goes out to the customer. When done properly, people who work in quality assurance will also be responsible for finding ways to prevent the mistakes in the first place, and proactively monitoring for defects in the production process. The specific

RACI Chart

RACI Chart

An RACI chart is a form of a responsibility assignment matrix and is commonly used in project management systems. When using the chart all the different parties associated with a project will be listed across the top, and each step in the project’s lifecycle will be listed down the left side. Where the two intersect in the chart

Gap Analysis

Gap Analysis

Gap analysis is a concept used in management strategies to compare the difference between the desired performance and the actual performance. Looking specifically at the area between these two levels will help managers to try to find ways to narrow this gap. In many process improvement methodologies, the gap area will be considered a form of waste,

Organizational Structure

Organizational Structure

An organizational structure is the way that specific goals or achievements are organized in order to accomplish them. They are used in a wide range of different situations. Most people are familiar with managerial organizational structures, which outline how various teams and employees report to their management in the company. This structure typically starts with front

SCM (Supply Chain Management)

SCM (Supply Chain Management)

SCM stands for Supply Chain Management. This is a system that is used to manage and oversee products from their point of origin all the way until it is consumed. The information available from these systems can be quite extensive and is used for many different things. Supply chain management can be done using software systems, paper

Network Diagram

Network Diagram

A network diagram is a visual or graphical representation of information used within a network. The specific details of the diagram will depend on what type of system it is for. For example, network diagrams used in computer systems will show the various computer and network components within a system. This is very helpful for troubleshooting, adding

Cross-Functional Teams

Cross-Functional Teams

Cross-functional teams are groups of people that have different areas of expertise but are working together toward a common goal on a specific project. These teams can be brought together to work on one specific project and then disbanded, or they can be brought together to work together continuously on related projects. This is unlike quality control circles,

Process Improvement

Process Improvement

Process improvement is any effort done with the intent of improving the way a specific process is done. This must be an intentional effort, and ideally it is done by analyzing the way things are currently done and working on an improvement strategy based on that information. Using a systematic approach that follows a proven

NOM-26

NOM-26

NOM stands for Norma Oficial Mexicana, and is a series of standards that apply to businesses operating in Mexico. There are dozens of these standards that can apply to a variety of different industries. NOM-26 is the standard that is used for regulating pipe marking. This is an important safety requirement for manufacturing facilities as well as

Operational Excellence

Operational Excellence

Operational excellence is a concept that attempts to ensure the entire organization is striving to meet the needs of their customers with every interaction. The customers could be traditional point of sale customers, or other departments within the organization. At its core, operational excellence is a strategy for organizational leadership and intelligence, though it will certainly impact

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