Category Archives: Six Sigma & Quality

Big Ideas in Business and Law

Here are some of the big ideas in business over the past 100 years, according to a short feature in BusinessWeek.  Many were fads, but most — even the early ones — have had staying power: Open Innovation – 2000 Reengineering – 19990 Outsourcing – 1989 Six Sigma – 1987 360-Degree Performance Reviews – 1973… Continue Reading

Tension between Quality Methodologies/Six Sigma and Innovation

Business Week ran an interesting cover story about the tensions between quality methodologies such as Six Sigma, and innovation and creativity. In sum, "while process excellence demands precision, consistency, and repetition, innovation calls for variation, failure and serendipity."  According to Management Professor Vijay Govindarajan, "the more you hardwire a company on total quality management, [the… Continue Reading

Open source compliance provider Black Duck receives additional financing

Black Duck Software, a provider of open source compliance software, has just closed a new round of financing, according to TheDeal.com.  Black Duck’s products are used to locate open source code used in a company’s software. Douglas Levin, president and CEO of Black Duck, said in the article, "We have crossed the point at which… Continue Reading