The key to success is quality which means ‘Right First Time’.
Nothing wrong with continuous improvement but serial failure is not acceptable.
Total quality management (TQM) is an approach to success through customer satisfaction that can be summarised as a management system for a customer-focused organisation, that involves all employees in continual improvement.
Do it right the first time (DRIFT) is a management accounting theory related to production management & just-in-time (JIT); whereby a manufacturer only receives goods as needed, cutting inventory costs.
We expect zero defects in things or services we buy. Buy a new TV & the pixels start burning out, & you demand satisfaction. When the car goes in for a service, you expect the mechanic to install parts as prescribed. No defect is acceptable when it affects you personally.
So why is it so easy to accept that “shit happens” when producing a product or providing a service.
Zero defects is a great way to resolve the discord between what we expect for ourselves but can accept for others.
AGILE is great if it means continuous improvement, not so much if it means continuous rectification. Trouble is, if the supplier has to get it right first time, then how’s he going to justify continuing to milk the cow?
[ERP is a system or systems (people, processes & technology) to facilitate & support JIT & getting things right first time.]