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Operations Process Improvement Quality Control

DFMEA in 10 Easy Steps to Boost Product Quality (& Prevent Error)

One negative experience can cost a customer.  We’ve all heard that saying, and nothing better proves the point than the 2016 Samsung Galaxy Note 7 product recall. This was an error that cost the company $5.3 million. 96 reports were filed to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, stating that the devices were plagued with […]

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Management Operations Supply chain

Operations and Supply Chain Management: 5 Fundamental Elements of an Effective OSCM System

The next product you purchase online, take a moment to consider the steps it takes to fulfill your order, and deliver your product to your door. Each step is part of a large network of complex processes. And the management of these processes is termed Operations and Supply Chain Management (OSCM).  OSCM looks at each […]

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Compliance Manufacturing Operations Quality Control

5 Fundamental Steps to Ensure Product Safety and cGMP Manufacturing Compliance

Current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) are regulatory guidelines used for pharmaceutical, medical, cosmetics, food, food supplements, and beverage products. These guidelines ensure that what the consumer receives is high quality, delivers on the intended use, is marketed appropriately, and most importantly, is safe. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is authorized to carry out […]

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Management Manufacturing Operations Quality Control

PFMEA: Learn How to Remove Error From a System With This 10 Step Guide

Process Failure Mode Effects Analysis (PFMEA) is a methodology used to remove errors from a process. Errors are identified, prioritized, and then mitigated systematically. For instance, corrective action in the early stages of a product life cycle is ~29x less expensive than corrections made later on in the design process. This shows that early error […]

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Compliance Management Risk

What Is the COSO Framework? Deconstructing the Jargon (+ How to Implement the Framework in 5 Steps)

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) reports that weak internal controls are responsible for almost half of fraudulent activity. With this in mind, how do you ensure your business isn’t an easy target for fraud? The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations (COSO) designed a framework in 1992 to help businesses design a strong and effective […]

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Management Risk Tools

ERM: How to Protect Your Business With Enterprise Risk Management

In 2019, 57% of senior-level executives report they are ill prepared to address business risk and compliance. This comes as no surprise, with only 36% of organizations adopting a formal enterprise risk management (ERM) program.  It’s clear that we have a problem. Corporations are failing to address the risks inherent in their business, and lack […]

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Management Operations Process Improvement

Poka Yoke What? A Methodology for Quality Assurance to Prevent Costly Errors

Kon’nichiwa! Welcome to FAT FINGER’s blog. In this article, we’ll be discussing poka yoke.  Poka yoke what? Exactly, we’re not speaking English. Unless you know Japanese, this term will have you scratching your head. Poka yoke is Japanese meaning mistake-proofing. The poka yoke methodology is used to prevent costly errors from business operations, assure quality […]

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Human Resources Manufacturing Productivity

DACI: Your 5-Step Guide for Effective Decision-Making and Teamwork

Being part of a great team is extremely important for many, with over one-third of workers acknowledging the benefits of effective teamwork. Working well together facilitates the generation of creative ideas, boosts productivity, employee morale, and relieves stress. But how do you ensure teamwork in your business is effective? In this FAT FINGER article, we […]

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Human Resources Management Top talent

9 Box Talent Review: Your Ultimate Guide for Effective Performance Management And Succession Planning

Attracting, identifying, developing, engaging, retaining, and deploying top talent is considered to be extremely important by CIPD (the professional body for HR and people development). The CIPD states that effective talent management and succession planning bring compelling benefits to an organization such as building a high-performance workplace, inclusive and diverse teams, and improved team-wide productivity. […]

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Human Resources Management Process Improvement

What Is a Human Resources Diagram? The 7 Steps of HR Planning and When to Use HR Diagrams (Plus 4 Diagram Examples)

Business is a product of human imagination and effort. Business processes rely on the power of human capital, meaning every organization desires to recruit and maintain a skilled workforce. With proper attention, investment and planning, companies can realise the potential of employees for the benefit of a business and its objectives. But to do so […]