QC Story

Integral tool in Total Quality Management (TQM)

QC Story

The QC Story is an integral tool in Total Quality Management (TQM) aimed at addressing problems in a structured manner. It is based on the PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act) principle and involves presenting a problem-solving story in nine steps, from case selection to achieving a thorough solution. While not as widely recognized as other methodologies, the content and purpose of QC Story are equivalent or identical to the well-known A3 analysis or 8D report.

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Traditionally, QC Story is formalized on paper, boards, or posters. Larger formats, such as 2×2 meters, are particularly popular in companies with well-developed visual management systems. By visually depicting the case as a story, it facilitates a better breakdown of the problem, its resolution, and, most importantly, comprehension. However, managing information and the database can be relatively challenging with such displays.

To address this, our company has developed a web application called APS (Advanced Problem Solving), which enhances information management. APS is a versatile tool that not only complements QC Story but also replaces other conventional methods like A3 and 8D reports. Moreover, APS enables even more structured and efficient implementation of projects focused on eliminating losses within PDCA, DMAIC, or 6Sigma frameworks. An additional advantage is the ability to use APS across various devices, including computers, tablets, and smartphones.

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Key Objectives of QC Story:

Problem Resolution: Resolving problems is vital for any competitive company today. Instead of merely applying corrective or firefighting actions, QC Story aims to identify the root causes of issues and find solutions. This approach fosters continuous improvement in all areas, such as quality, workplace safety, reliability, and cost reduction.

Communication Tool: QC Story serves as a powerful communication tool. By presenting problems in a clear and understandable manner, it engages a wider circle of employees. As a result, an increasing number of employees gain a better understanding of work processes and the underlying causes of issues. Gradually, everyone, including operators, becomes involved in problem-solving, leading to new challenges and the creation of higher added value in their roles.

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Incorporating the APS methodology into your problem-solving approach enables your organization to drive effective change, enhance collaboration, and achieve sustainable improvements across diverse operational domains. By leveraging QC Story, you can transform problem-solving into a dynamic and inclusive process that fosters continuous growth and competitive advantage.
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