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Best practices in Quality Management

Quality Management Best Practices Help Maintain the Desired Level of Product or Service Excellence
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Having a QMS with established practices helps improve customer satisfaction and loyalty while meeting regulatory requirements.

A strong reputation for quality is an important differentiator in today’s market. Better products equals happier customers and higher revenue. Globalization and a highly distributed supply chain have an impact on the quality of the products and services. With dispersed teams and remote workers, organizations need to design and deliver high-quality products on time while meeting both customer and regulatory requirements. As a result, an organization needs to have next-generation quality management processes and tools that support the entire organization and not just a small set of key personnel. However, to have a successful quality management system, quality management principles must be established and reviewed consistently.

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What are the top 10 Best Practices for Ultimate Quality Management?

The concept of quality management has four different components:

  • Determination of quality policy
  • Quality planning and assurance
  • Quality Control
  • Quality Improvement

Some of the best practices for implementing quality management in an organization are listed below.

  • Document quality measures and metrics
  • Involve stakeholders to identify and define quality standards
  • Get feedback on quality metrics and proposed measures from within the organization, customers, and other stakeholders
  • Implement a proactive approach for addressing quality issues instead of a reactive approach
  • Conduct continuous quality management process throughout the lifecycle
  • Track quality metrics and measures to understand the trend, improve or modify quality standards, and remain compliant
  • Periodically review quality standards and metrics
  • Establish thresholds that can be used to define CAPA
  • Analyze quality impact across the industry, including product, finance, customer service, and suppliers management
  • Constantly look to improve quality

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How do you implement Quality Management practices to improve quality in an organization?

There are seven quality management principles to focus on as an organization

  • Customer focus
  • Improvements
  • People engagement
  • Leadership
  • Evidence-based decision making
  • Process-based approach
  • Relationship management

Measuring enterprise-wide quality should be considered as a stepping stone toward more defined best practices that organizations will develop over time.

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Align quality with the organization’s goals and initiatives to ensure that the business can gain the management’s commitment to focus on quality at an enterprise level.
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Assign an individual as the owner of the quality function to help establish a strong quality group with clear responsibilities, authority, and resources to monitor quality activities within the organization.
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Quality experts and quality managers must focus on quality by creating standardized tools that help conduct detailed analysis and reporting to achieve continuous improvement.
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Define and enforce standard quality guidelines for quality measures.
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Allow business unit leaders to establish the performance targets for enterprise quality measures and report quality-related data quarterly.
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Automate quality data collection using a dashboard that offers a 360-degree view
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Refocus quality measures to meet customer expectations throughout the value chain and not just during the delivery process.
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Train all new joinees on basic quality management principles while providing transparent access to quality data to everyone within the organization.

Some of the benefits of following best practices in quality management include –

  • Reduced costs and better cost management
  • Higher profitability
  • Increased customer loyalty and retention
  • Improved employee morale
  • Better adaptability to changing or emerging market conditions, environmental and other government regulations
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What are some of the best practices recommended for Quality Assurance?

Quality Assurance can be defined as the combination of processes and techniques that help identify and achieve the desired level of quality for a product or service. Quality assurance affects various aspects of the business, including quality, brand, finance, and time. QA helps in identifying the lags in the already established processes so that the objective of attaining unswerving quality can be achieved. Quality assurance is implemented across industries, including government agencies, technology, nonprofits, finance, manufacturing, food and beverage, and health and beauty. It is applicable to the whole product lifecycle and is not restricted to any particular phase. It is established to ensure that processes continue to perform and the business continues to adhere to the regulatory standards. For its success, the businesses should:

  • Have a clear understanding of business goals
  • Clearly define acceptance criteria
  • Be aware of supported platforms
  • Create a test plan
  • Incorporate test cases/checklists
  • Establish continuous integration + continuous deployment
  • Constantly update test cases/checklists
  • Share release notes with clients
  • Practice exploratory testing

Some of the best practices to follow while focusing on quality assurance are listed below.

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Integrate quality inspection process in production. This will help detect nonconformities during production, avoiding cost-intensive reprocessing or wastage.
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Execute quality tasks and capture defects for documentation and further processing. Evaluating defect data helps yield higher customer satisfaction.
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Detect nonconformities by integrating a quality inspection process into stock handling to avoid inappropriate usage and waste.
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Create inspection plans for dynamic modification, material release, and sampling scheme. This helps improve local customer retention.
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Remain compliant by capturing problem details, defects, their causes, and take corrective action.
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Why is Quality Management Planning important?

Quality management planning is not limited to the product or service; it is also applicable to the processes and goals of an organization. As an integral part of the organization, quality management planning helps maintain uniformity across the organization’s objectives, products, or services. Quality improvement is a never-ending activity that requires constant process monitoring. Having a systematic approach to quality management planning helps with problem analysis and not mere identification.

Some of the best practices in quality management planning are listed below.

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For businesses to succeed, it is important to maintain quality at every level of the organization.
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Create a single source of truth to access the latest needed quality and product data.
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Gain complete and accurate information with a complaint management system to follow all current and historical complaint data that helps in audit and inspection readiness
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Use a document management system to improve collaboration among employees, create version control, and enable knowledge management.

How can QMS software help with Quality Management in an organization?

CQ Quality Management System gives businesses the ability to evolve from a reactive approach to quality events to adopting a more predictive and proactive quality management approach. The quality management system converts data into intelligence and actionable insights for the management. CQ Quality Management has a proven record to

  • accelerate product innovation
  • meet regulatory requirements
  • speed to market and operational excellence
  • improve customer satisfaction

A next-generation, integrated quality management system solution, CQ QMS provides the following benefits:

Improved products and business
  • Innovate with an adaptable quality platform
  • Deliver customer experiences to build customer loyalty
  • Drive continuous improvement and business growth
  • Leverage data for a factual approach to decision making
  • Gain greater efficiency
Consistency
  • Reduce variability of waste, materials, and rework to cut time and costs
  • Keep quality processes repeatable to increase knowledgeable staff and reduce human error
  • Improve process control to reduce quality gaps
  • Prevent delays by minimizing disruptions that affect time and budget.
  • Reduce lead time with an increase in production yield
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Effective compliance
  • Ensure quality standards are being met
  • Experience total traceability
  • Become adaptable to emerging market conditions, environmental, and other government regulations
  • Provide historical audit trails to catalyze compliance
  • Turn insights into action
Risk reduction
  • Provide visibility between quality processes, product records, requirements, and related processes
  • Enable teams to adjust plans and resolve issues faster
  • Reduce the risk of probable quality failure using predictive analysis of data
  • Facilitate effective root cause analysis and speed up resolution
  • Limit damages to reputation, profits, and existing relationships
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Why your enterprise needs a next-generation EQMS solution to improve quality management?

On-premise, waterfall development-based legacy technology creates a reactive approach to quality and safety standards. This is due to the presence of several disparate and disconnected silos. As a result, there is limited scope for collaboration. Additionally, these systems are also difficult to maintain and upgrade. 

A next-generation EQMS helps customers embrace quality excellence as it integrates and connectsseamlessly with the rest of your digital ecosystem. Next-generation EQMS, in comparison with legacy systems, is agile, flexible, and scalable, making it easy to drive continuous improvement. It also has the necessary APIs to connect with other ERP and CRM systems, ensuring continuity of processes. The EQMS from ComplianceQuest is designed specifically to meet the growing demands of enterprises across industries. The solution can be easily configured to meet the demands of various industries, including manufacturing, hi-tech, medical devices, life sciences, aerospace, CPG, automotive, and other industries where quality and safety are paramount. ComplianceQuest’s next-gen EQMS has been built on our five guiding design principles that offer –  

  • Core Quality Promise enables critical business decision making
  • Simple, seamless, and consistent user experience
  • Data at its core that offers asingle source of truth
  • Standardization and flexibility through a modular, cloud-based, best practices driven solution that is capable of being tailored
  • Continued Improvement across quality, business process, systems, design, and people

ComplianceQuest EQMS built on the Salesforce.com platform assures trust (Security), always-on availability (Reliability), performance at scale (Scalability), application innovation (Future Proof), multi tenant infrastructure (Resource Optimization). To know more about our principles, read this Whitepaper.

Is your EQMS solution flexible and customizable, so you can improve your organization's quality management processes on an ongoing basis?

The global quality management software market shows that this need for “better performance, customer satisfaction, and competitiveness” will drive the next phase of growth in the EQMS sector. A platform-based cloud-based system leverages emerging technologies like AI and advanced analytics such as predictive intelligence to aid innovation and growth. This allows the system to be agile, flexible, and scalable, making it easy to drive continuous improvement. It also has the necessary APIs to connect with other ERP and CRM systems, ensuring continuity of processes. 

A modern EQMS such as ComplianceQuest can overcome the challenges faced by legacy vendors of technology stagnation as it is offered as a ‘Platform-as-a-service’ model to enterprise customers. By leveraging a strong business cloud platform such as Salesforce.com, adapting to the fast-changing technology revolutions becomes part of the continuous development and innovation DNA. A key advantage of ComplianceQuest EQMS being built on the Salesforce.com platform is flexibility. 

  • It’ll follow the industry’s best practices with a proven workflow.
  • It’ll also have the flexibility to custom design a new workflow to serve a special use case and possibly catalyze new thinking and innovation.
  • Additionally, the system will ensure user-level customizations and access, ensuring privacy and security.
How can CQ's Quality Management System help?
CQ Quality Management Software will be a building block for a ‘Continuously Improving’ quality management process with evolving, agile, and next-generation technology capabilities. The comprehensive quality and compliance platform are both scalable and flexible. CQ solutions are fully integrated and bring customers the required process automation. CQ’s QMS solution offers configurable workflows, user interface, and object design.
What makes a next-generation EQMS effective?

ComplianceQuest leverages advanced technologies such as NLP, ML, and AI capabilities to enable predictive quality that gives quality leaders the ability to make data-driven decisions. The application framework is purpose-built from the ground up to enable automated decision-making with the captured data across the enterprise that is relevant in scope. Following the industry’s best practices with a proven workflow, the entire system is designed to serve the end-users using three specific strategies: 

  • Offer a simple, seamless, and consistent user experience.
  • Use user experience as a tool to drive better and faster business outcomes through insights while providing transparency in data and processes.
  • Increase adoption and user participation due to intuitive experience providing clear user guidance and common definitions, thereby needing minimal training.
What are the areas in which quality management can be applied?

Quality management is applicable across different areas of function within the organization, including engineering, quality, operations, manufacturing, management, and suppliers. While implementing, it is important to focus on these eight key processes:

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