Rob, I first ran into the "mautrity/capability model" concept in the software engineering field while working in the aerospace industry. There were five levels. I worked in organizations that were level 4 and 5. That is why I did not run into many of the issues that seem to continue to plague software development today. An organization that is at SMI level 4 is likely to be involving employees on a continuous basis and to be looking at ways to improve all the time. This not only leads to higher profits over time, but to better employee morale and productivity. Of course the main goal is to improve safety, which does the same thing. I have actually seen companies put out of business because of accidents. They could all be avoided.
Wal-Mart will hold its second Made in the USA Open Call July 7-8, at its headquarters in Bentonville, Ark. The event will be a repeat effort by the world’s biggest seller of consumer goods to increase the amount of US-made products it sells in Wal-Mart stores, in Sam’s Club members-only wholesale outlets, and on walmart.com.
From design feasibility, to development, to production, having the right information to make good decisions can ultimately keep a product from failing validation. The key is highly focused information that doesn’t come from conventional, statistics-based tests but from accelerated stress testing.
There’s a good chance that a few of the things mentioned here won't fully come to fruition in 2015 but rather much later down the line. However, as Malcolm X once said, "The future belongs to those who prepare for it today."
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