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A quality circle is a volunteer group composed of workers who meet together to discuss workplace improvement, and make presentations to management with their ideas. Typical topics are improving safety, improving product design, and improvement in manufacturing process. Quality circles have the advantage of continuity, the circle remains intact from project to project. (For a comparison to Quality Improvement Teams see Juran's Quality by Design, referenced below). For the Talib Kweli album Quality (album) Quality can refer to a. ...

Quality Circles were started in Japan in 1962 ( Kaoru Ishikawa has been credited for creating Quality Circles) as another method of improving quality. The movement in Japan was coordinated by the Japanese Union of Scientists and Engineers (JUSE). Prof. Ishikawa, who believed in tapping the creative potential of workers, innovated the Quality Circle movement to give Japanese industry that extra edge in creativity. A Quality Circle is a small group of employees from the same work area who voluntarily meet at regular intervals to identify, analyse, and resolve work related problems. This can not only improve the performance of any organisation, but also motivate and enrich the work life of employees. Kaoru Ishikawa (石川 馨 Ishikawa Kaoru) is a Japanese consultant, father of the scientific analysis of causes of problems in an industrial process. ...


  • The Quality Book, by Greg Hutchins, published by QPE, Portland OR. 1996
  • Quality by Design, J.M. Juran, The Free Press, 1992, ISBN 0-02-916683-7. Pages 394-399



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