Sour Grapes

Topics: Problem solving, Diagram, Flowchart Pages: 3 (535 words) Published: February 2, 2015


Sour Grapes
Jessica Smith
Grantham University

Sour Grapes
Quality Ice Cream Company wants to introduce a new flavor of their ice cream and they are calling it Sour Grape Ice Cream. They are having problems with meeting demand and not meeting quality standards. They have data to show the results of their findings, but they are unsure of what to do with it (Sower, p.201). They will need to find a way to problem solve their techniques in order to figure out what will work best for them in order to be able to successfully make this ice cream.

During the problem solving process, Quality Ice Cream Company will need to have a structured approach to determining a solution. There are seven tools that Quality can use to improve their processes during production of the ice cream. These tools are: flow charts, run charts, process-control charts, check sheets, Pareto diagrams, cause-and-effect diagrams, and scatter diagrams (Sower, p.182). Each of these will help the identification of the variation that is happening and will also aid in the analysis, documentation and organization of the information. This will help with process improvement. “They are simple but powerful tools that can be of significant value throughout the problem-solving and continuous-improvement processes (Sower, p.183).”

The first place for Quality to start is with a flow chart. The flow chart can show the relationship between the activities and tasks for each process, and give a better idea of how the rejections are happening. Next, a scatter diagram can be run from the data collected. This will show the link between the run time and viscosity of the ice cream. This type of tool can also determine how long the ice cream should be mixed to avoid soupiness and stiffness. From the ten days of data collected, it seems as though the run time is too short resulting in a too soupy mixture (Sower, p. 201-202).

After a more suitable run time is...

References: Sower, V. E. (2011). Essentials of Quality. Hoboken: John WIley & Sons, Inc.
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