Category Archives: Management

ISO standards – the backlash

Nuclear safety guy, Martin Wakeman, summarises the backlash against malpractice using ISO standards in cartoons: Advertisements

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Six Sigma Is Draining Employees’ Creativity

Should your organization decide that ISOs are inadequate and add Six Sigma, consider Andrew Smart’s explanation and click through to read more fully or to order his book: The single most important goal of the Six Sigma is to reduce varia­tion in … Continue reading

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Impact of the Care Quality Commission on provider performance: room for improvement?

The King’s Fund report referred to in the previous BMJ article can be downloaded here: Impact of the Care Quality Commission on provider performance: room for improvement? Its long summary includes, What are the implications of our findings? We also tried … Continue reading

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The self-made women who created the Myers-Briggs

Nature carries an interesting review of the Myers-Briggs nonsense.  Popularised by the OSS and carried forward by corporate America. Maybe one day the ISO accreditation racket will also be debunked. Click through… The self-made women who created the Myers–Briggs S. … Continue reading

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Margaret McCartney: A summary of four and a half years of columns in one column

Nothing to do with accreditation, just the poor thinking that lies behind it.  Dr McCartney is critical of inappropriate screening.  ISO accreditation is certainly that.  Some of her points most relevant to accreditation are below.  Click through to the BMJ to … Continue reading

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Scott’s parabola gives hope

Scott described the growth and death of fads in surgery: It’s not so different from the curve based on real data published by Walsh which observed the fate of other management fads: Walshe, K. Pseudoinnovation: the development and spread of … Continue reading

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Conspiracy or groupthink? Or both?

James Delingpole describes the global warming ideology in terms of groupthink rather than conspiracy: According to Janis there are three rules of groupthink. They are: Rule One. A group of people come to share a common view or belief that … Continue reading

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Ignoring ‘best practice’: Why Irish software SMEs are rejecting CMMI and ISO 9000

Why are Irish software companies ditching ISO 9000?  Mainly cost.  Read the whole palaver: Ignoring ‘best practice’: Why Irish software SMEs are rejecting CMMI and ISO 9000 O’Connor, Rory and Coleman, Gerry (2009) Ignoring ‘best practice’: Why Irish software SMEs … Continue reading

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ISO 9001’s ongoing decline

Chris Paris has evaluated the 2016 ISO report on ISO 9001’s uptake.  Read his analysis here. The ISO hasn’t bothered to correct misleading figures designed the inflate the standard’s popularity but it continues its secular trend of decline. China and … Continue reading

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Essential Services Laboratories

If you’ve read John Seddon you will know that the front office – back office arrangement will be a disaster.  It may have been sold promising economies of scale and a new computer system, neither of which will work out … Continue reading

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