of total quality management (TQM)
There are many definitions of total quality management
around. Some define total quality management in a way different
to some others. But in general definition of total quality management
should contain the following characteristics.
TQM is a customer focused approach
Aims at satisfying the customer or delighting them
Provides best quality product at lowest possible price
It is company wide strategy
Involves everyone in the organization
Prevention of defects is the way and the target is zero defects
Total quality management is methodical
It makes moves based on information
It is a continuous process
If I am to put all these in a single sentence,
I will define total quality management as follows
“TQM is a process and philosophy
of achieving best possible outcomes from the inputs, by using
them effectively and efficiently in order to deliver best value
for the customer, while achieving long term objectives of the
Please note I define total quality management
(TQM) here only to give you some understanding about the subject.
If you want more accurate and well known definitions you can refer
books written by TQM Gurus.
It is a well known fact that TQM movements and
lean manufacturing had a close relationship. In fact in some cases
we can not differentiate between lean manufacturing and TQM techniques.
Understanding Total Quality Management is therefore very important
in the attempt of understanding lean manufacturing.