Traditionally, we have been taught to depend on our leader to analyze and solve problems. Based on the leader’s experience and “analysis,” many of those decisions were excellent, but not all. Today, we can better analyze problems using a quality tool called a flow chart. This tool asks people involved in, and thoroughly aware of, a process to examine and display the process steps so it can be analyzed and improvements can be made. This allows a logical and more “fact-based” improvement decision. Still, people say the process takes too long, it is unwieldy, and they aren’t comfortable with it. So all the “improvement” decisions are made without it.
We must use QAF tools better. We have all bent a nail using a hammer, but how many of us blame the hammer? The same philosophy applies to quality tools. If we apply them properly, they work. We can certainly use a wrong tool to solve a problem. (We’ve all hammered in a nail with something other than a hammer with mixed results—QAF tools are the same.) But consider the master carpenters; they not only know and use tools more effectively they also add unique tools of their own. If we can add more “quality” tools to our toolkits, we must.
Using QAF tools in this time of dramatic, fast-paced change makes a lot of sense. If you haven’t tried using them, do it. If you have tried once and a tool didn’t work, think of all the nails you bent with a perfectly good hammer. The tools are proven performers, but we must use them and use them properly.
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