Monthly Archives: January 2017

Royal Statistical Society is initiated into the inspection cartel

The ISO has initiated the Royal Statistical Society into the inspection cartel.  Its role will be to certify those who wish to be recognised as Six Sigma and Lean practitioners to ISO 18404:2015: Quantitative methods in process improvement – Six … Continue reading

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Blogger driven out by Teamworking®

Blogger driven out by Teamworking®; sub-ISO management idiocy: “To cut a long story short, customers were being taken for a ride. I was getting more and more frustrated by the incompetence of the company, so I started keeping a blog … Continue reading

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Proper work ethic has been slowly eroded

In the public service, in all its wide ramifications, we live in an era of the inept, the square peg, the careless and the bluffer. And, as bluffers in turn appoint bluffers, the system becomes self-perpetuating. The “whistleblower” is ostracised. … Continue reading

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Old news

The Emperor’s New Clothes is a recurring theme with ISO management standards. Researchers, Bozena Poksinska and Jens J.Dahlgaard, published ISO 9001:2000 – The emperor’s new clothes? describing their investigation of three companies. “The managers interviewed had difficulties linking organisational improvements with the … Continue reading

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Having a lovely time without you

Arturo Casadevall and co-authors reported A Framework for Improving the Quality of Research in the Biological Sciences.  doi: 10.1128/mBio.01256-16 30 August 2016 mBio vol. 7 no. 4 e01256-16 ABSTRACT The American Academy of Microbiology convened a colloquium to discuss problems in … Continue reading

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CDC SPIDER whistleblowers

The Centers for Disease Control is central to public health in the USA.  According to the CDC SPIDER (Scientists Preserving Integrity, Diligence and Ethics in Research) Group of scientists, it hasn’t been living up to the standards of probity the taxpayer would … Continue reading

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Medical appraisal and revalidation – humbug or value for money?

What benefit really comes from wealth-transfer schemes accrediting the “excellence” of individuals? Show us the before and after distribution curves for doctors’ performance change. “My latest subs tally was the equivalent of almost a quarter of my salary.”

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Comforts of mindless consistency – false hope

  Why did punters rush to enroll just after hearing the Transcendental brand of Meditation debunked? Robert Cialdini explains, “[The group spokesman] put it best: “Well, I wasn’t going to put down any money tonight because I’m really quite broke right … Continue reading

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New cancer drugs only slightly better than accreditation

Another study has found that most new cancer medicines are massively expensive and rather useless.  Read it here: Harrison P. Another Analysis Questions Efficacy of New Cancer Drugs. That’s better evidence of a stronger effect than is available for ISO … Continue reading

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