Lean Blog Interviews — 446: Sumitra Vig on Lean & Quality: First Time Right or Next Time Right?

Partner with Svakarma Advisory, LLP, based in Mumbai India. 

Episode page: https://leanblog.org/446 

My guest for Episode #446 of the Lean Blog Interviews Podcast is Sumitra Vig. She is a partner with her advisory firm Svakarma Advisory, LLP, based in Mumbai India. 

She is a customer experience specialist, an ASQ (American Society for Quality) Certified Manager of Quality & Organizational Excellence, and a master trainer & retail banker with years of hands-on international experience in Asia, Europe, Middle East, and Africa. 

Sumitra has designed & conducted successful training programs, mentored employees & created an impact across continents

Today, we discuss topics and questions including:

  • How did you get introduced to Quality?
  • First time right / first time quality from a customer lens — What is this?
  • Does this mean “no mistakes”? What do we learn from mistakes?
  • Does “first time right” put too much pressure on people?
  • How can we design the product or service in a way that ALLOWS first time right?
  • Design thinking — what does the customer really want?
  • Measures — Problems vs reported problems — how to handle unreported problems?
  • Customer is king? The employee is really king to then deliver a transformational experience??
  • The 5 Toyota Precepts
  • The book Atomic Habits
  • Women in Lean – Our Table group on LinkedIn
  • Has a master class available online on First Time Right
  • Working with a foundation – mobile hospital for villages, remote Himalaya

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