QUALITY ASSURANCE AND QUALITY CONTROL
|Quality Assurance and Quality Control
Programs when properly implemented are no more than a common sense approach
to management of a project. The same principles apply to making donuts and
outer-space vehicles. The QA/QC Program is intended to ensure that products
are made in accordance with specifications, regulations, and company directives.
The QA/QC Program is a tool to help assure that all directions have been
These Programs have been in use from the time of construction of the pyramids. Only the name has changed. In the past 50 years, the Program has been made more formal and has become a paper-chase machine. The real objective of the Program is to ensure that the product is properly made or the service is properly performed. Some documentation of these activities is necessary, but the real objective is to ensure quality of the product, not quantity of paper.
Reedy Engineering has helped others to reduce costs associated with Quality Programs. When properly implemented, Quality Programs will save money, not increase costs. If the Program does not save money, it is being improperly implemented and is completely ineffective.
Because many Quality Programs are perceived as a waste of money, they
are often ignored. This results in errors and omissions, unacceptable
work, and lawsuits. We have helped many companies to overcome these issues.