Application of Total Quality Management concepts in my life

I have applied these following quality concepts in my life.

  1. 5S:

As we know 5S is a simple tool for organizing your workplace in a clean, efficient and safe manner to enhance your productivity, visual management and to ensure the introduction of standardized working. I applied this 5S concept in my home. Before applying this concept my Room was very disorganized and dirty. It took more time to find my things such as my socks, and other clothing items that causes more time resulting in wastage of time and effort.

5S represents Japanese words that describe the steps of a workplace organization process. English equivalent words are shown in parenthesis.

· Seiri (Sort)

· Seiton (Straighten, Set)

· Seiso (Shine, Sweep)

· Seiketsu (Standardize)

· Shitsuke (Sustain)

First I started with sorting the things in my room by clearing unwanted things such as clothes which I have to give to my mother for cleaning. I also use sorting by clearing the unwanted things from my study table. Then I do straightening by placing the items of my room at their exact location. Then for shine I make sure my room is cleaned and tidy for this I do periodic cleaning of my room daily. For standardization I make sure that above three steps are done by me daily and in the end I Keep to the rules to maintain the standard & continue to improve every day. After applying this concept my life became easier because my room is now very clean and is in very organized manner.

2. CONTINUOUS PROCESS IMPROVEMENT:

Continuous improvement is an ongoing effort to improve products, services or processes. Among the most widely used tools for continuous improvement is a four-step quality model — the plan-do-check-act (PDCA) cycle, also known as Deming Cycle or Shewhart Cycle.

PDCA (plan-do-check-act) is a repetitive four-stage model for continuous improvement (CI) in business process management. I applied this concept whenever I got written class assignment. The class assignment is usually given in the groups and I also had to do this with my class fellows. The submission of the assignment before deadline is a long and a challenging process for the students. PDCA cycle helped me a lot while completing these assignments. Plan: First of all I try to find what I have to do by finding the main problem within assignment. Then I plan to get relevant material which I need to complete the assignment such as book notes, internet notes and guidelines etc. Do: then I go for finding solutions by discussing the problem with my group members and ask for their views to get alternate solutions. Check: We as group members try to analyze and assess our solutions to make sure we are doing the assignment in a right direction and we do it on small scale by writing solutions on rough paper. Act: When each group member is satisfied with the changes then we try to start writing and make it fair. When we do not get desired results we start this cycle again.

PDCA cycle helps me a lot while preparing effective written assignments, because The PDCA cycle helps us to solve problems and implement solutions in a rigorous, methodical way, by following these four steps to ensure that we get the highest quality results.

3. LEAN CONCEPT:

I am trying to apply the lean concept in my daily life by making sure I do not waste my important hours in a day using phone and other useless activities. The core idea of lean is to maximize customer value while minimizing waste. Simply, lean means creating more value for customers with fewer resources. Here we are our own customers. The example of waste in my daily life is spending time on useless activities and not doing important tasks of the day. I also make sure that I do not buy extra things but buy those things which I need the most in my life and I think lean also teaches us the same because lean is all about waste reduction to improve quality.

4. ISHIKAWA DIAGRAM:

A fish bone diagram, also called a cause and effect diagram or Ishikawa diagram, is a visualization tool for categorizing the potential causes of a problem in order to identify its root causes. Dr. Kaoru Ishikawa, a Japanese quality control expert, is credited with inventing the fish bone diagram to help employees avoid solutions that merely address the symptoms of a much larger problem.

Before applying this concept in my life it was very hard to find solutions of any problem or issue which happened in my daily life. Then I applied this concept to find the root causes of the problems which was occurred in my life at that time. In one case I found the solution of the problem using ishikawa diagram concept by finding the potential causes of the problem.

Being late for the classes was my problem before applying this concept then I applied this concept in my life to find the cause of reaching late in the class. Sleeping late in the night, preparing my university bag and clothes in the morning etc. were the main causes which resulted in being late in my class. After knowing the causes i became proactive by sleeping early and taking enough sleep to wake up on time in the morning. I also started preparing my bag and dress at night to avoid wasting my time in the morning.

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