Another Monday upon me, another course to begin, lets see what this shall bring. The title Quality, Reliability and Maintenance again sounded like many of the important areas of business defined by the associates of WMG.
I was surprised to see the new layout of the classroom and change of seats from the disastrous blue chairs we were forced to endure seven weeks ago. The opening of the session began with an enthusiastic lady, who after 30 minutes in insisted we had a break. For a person who dislikes sitting down, this was the best start to any Monday I have had in the Engineering Management building. After demolishing a fine selection of biscuits and a less than standard apple, the day began to unfold into an interesting and captivating session. Watching a 30 minute video on the legendary Deming philosophy which would serve to be the purpose of my group exercise for the week was both insightful and relaxing. This was proving to be an enjoyable start to the week. We were then taken over by a charming focussed male tutor from Babcock (hehe) who, in my opinion shared not only enthusiasm for his topic but also a passion for teaching, which was jointly shared by myself and I saw a reflection of myself in his delivery method of teaching. Unfortunately my memory has gone blank as to what we were being taught about, hold on, wait, I believe he went into the Deming cycle, which again was interesting. The group broke for lunch and came back into class and were allocated groups for the group exercise for the week. My group was a group I would happily choose to work with- Steven – the confident, five a’clock shadowed, jordy, wait, no, Sunderland male, Joel- the chilled out, laid back, guy from Malaysia who loves Football and Food and Ben North – the train enthusiastic dude with a cool sense of fashion. Our first meeting went well, deliberating how we would go about “Comparing and Contrasting Deming philosophy with Six Sigma” Definitely not a title I would of expected to be answering the week before whilst teaching firearms skills to a group of experienced alpha males. As the meeting went on, a plan was efficiently devised and thus we awaited our introduction to Sigma that afternoon. Six Sigma appeared interested, statistical and not as scary as I first expected, it appeared to be more like an adaptation of Deming’s philosophy however I choose to keep this to myself. The day ended with a productive research session with my group surrounding the project exercise. Uncovering the foundation of the powerpoint presentation whilst trying not to be distracted by Ned the awesome Risk tutor and 15 international students in the computer room who struggled to appoint a Managing Director for their week role play within 15 minutes. I was so tempted to say “DIAM LA” to some of the group, but I don’t think some of them would have understood malay, but abit of quiet wouldn’t have gone a miss. As for the groups progress, we adjourned at 1815hrs and concluded that as the rest of our class had gone home, we had made significant progress, highlight the 14 Deming points and delegating roles for he week ahead.
My evening consisted of healthy food, followed by a ridiculous arms circuit workout in the flat to a 180 beats per minute Shakira track and some quality chase and status and ultrabeat. Definitely helps wind down after sitting still for 9 hours in a class room.