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November 29, 2010

a part of cbe

Though the course of CBE had completed for almost one month, in my opinion, what I¡¯ve learned till now can be considered as parts of CBE. Even though our CBE course stresses on Deming¡¯s quality management however, CBE must has a far wider focus as it suggests in its name-create business excellence. Six sigma which is a method that contributes a lot to quality management because of its assistance in improving processes of a project. PMI, a program that uses special 6 sigma and lean so that it definitely should be a way of quality management, either. Therefore, we can say that PIUSS is a course that leads us towards creating excellence business. We learned lots of theories in CBE course such as EFQM excellence model, Deming¡¯s system of profound knowledge and his cycle. Later PIUSS showed us specific approaches which based on Deming¡¯s theories to achieve these excellences. As for FACS, it seems that it has no relationship with either Deming or quality management. Whereas, the purpose of making income statement and balance sheet is certainly to understand the situation of a company clearer, develop a better performance and thus achieve excellence business. In this case, FACS possibly can be deemed as a part of CBE.

November 26, 2010


When I was in CBE course, I didn't realize that leadership was such an important factor in quality management. Deming claimed the institution of leadership and EFQM focuses on creating leadership, so that it is no doubt that leadership should be a significant element in management. However, after I read some articles about 6 sigma, it occurred to me that perhaps leadership was the most important factor in quality management. Building a proper leadership is one of the premises in using 6 sigma. Also, unsuitable social emotional process may lead to the failure of a project as it contributes to 95% of the failure in whole process. Obviously, leadership plays an important role in guiding social emotional process. That is, it seems that leadership should be put in the first place in quality management.

November 23, 2010

postponement strategy

Today I read something interesting in one of my friends' notes, which is about postponement in supply chain. The focuses on CBE as well as PIUSS are on quality management mainly while 'postponement strategy' pays attention to the management of goods. However, they all help to make business better. There are lots of customized requirements with customers so that it is necessary for us to make our products suitable to those requirements in order to gain better earnings. Obviously it is impossible to completely finish products in a short term, in this case we need to start making our products with predicted analysis. Whereas, there is a risk in doing so,that is the products that we build are out of our customers' demand. Once it happened, there is no doubt we will have a great number of stock and thus inevitably loss of profits we will suffer. I have never noticed that postponement could be such a wonderful strategy. For example, HP and IKEA are famous for their customized design and they are definitely successful. I prefer the beautiful looks of HP computers and the convenient way that IKEA does in sell goods. But not until I had read that article I didn't realize that these are strategies in creating business. Time is limited or else I hope to learn more in supply chain.

November 16, 2010

an interesting story–part 2

Firstly I should say thanks for all the interesting comments for ¡°an interesting story¡± and they really show me different views about the story. I learned a lot from your comments. And Marcin, you are definitely a clever boy because there is something happened to the bigger dinosaur. After he killed his cousin, he realized that he had to change either as the intense competition for foliage. ¡°He reduced his size and weight, his hind legs stretched into long slender supports tipped with a set of strong claws. His head grew smaller and his mouth stretched into a long beak, lined with sharp teeth. With these new teeth she stopped eating plants and made meat his new diet. He flattened his arms into wings and grew feathers over his entire body¡±. Finally his change was totally successful because he was able to inhabit the sky and reach treetops through which he greatly reduced the competition. However, I think that though the bigger dinosaur made a successful change, it is highly possible that he could have the same fortune as his dead cousin did if he sleeps under a tree. Or I should hold an opinion that since the second dinosaur developed a new ability, he tended to stay at the top of trees in the future so he won¡¯t worry about the same thing happened to him. Similarly, sometimes an organization can avoid a disaster through change, but it cannot eliminate the problem. The potential risk will still stay in the organization, what we can do is just process the organization in another way.

November 10, 2010

an interesting story

Today I read an interesting story which is about two dinosaurs. One of them realized that there would be a competition for foliage so that he believed change was necessary. In this case, he shrank his body in order to become lighter and more flexible while other dinosaurs did nothing about themselves. Unfortunately, one day when he was sleeping under a tree, the other one came, without noticing his cousin. The first dinosaur ended up his life quickly after the bigger one stepped on his small body. The author wrote the funny story because he wanted us to think about change in quality management. Change is necessary in a company as it is a crucial factor in continuous improvement. However, change could have both good and bad qualities as it mentioned in the story. Though the first dinosaur is flexible and fast enough, he became too small to see. It might be good for a company in one aspect if some changes could be done. However, the bad effects and results of the changes should be considered and analyzed to see whether it is still worth to change. I enjoy the story very much as it really gives a good example in quality management, especially in change.

October 31, 2010

different feelings

CBE's study week finished on last Friday, and I think it's time for me to write something because it was my first time came UK for such a long time and of course, it is my first time study in UK. Warwick University is beautiful, quiet and clean as well as most people here are very friendly. I enjoy my life, also I enjoy my learning quite well. Studying in MBE is really an excited journey to me as I never had such wonderful experience before. In my previous study, people felt tired after classes and complained about the boring lessons and silly teachers. Sometimes I could even hear some weary voices: I don't like study, it make me crazy and painful. However, things turn out totally differently in CBE module. We asked the same question as we do before: "how do you feel about these lessons?" This time, every answer sounds happy: "It's interesting, I learned a lot from both presentations and seminars." Yes, it's interesting, that is enough because I never heard the word "interesting" before when we were discussing lessons. Who are not going to feel be motivated after hearing these encouraged words. Though we were doing same projects and seminars, everyone had different focuses and used different ways in expressing their ideas. When someone asked a question after a presentation, usually he would receive a wonderful comment: good question. People in my class are glad with what we did and what we learned during classes though inevitably we may feel tired and sleepy. But I'm sure no one will give up studying as everyone claims that I wish to learn more because I am learning something quite interesting.

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