The Quality Lifecycle
The Quality Lifecycle is a corporate strategy that is focused on aligning product development, process improvement and technology adoption with key business objectives.
Obviously, the earlier in the cycle quality control is implemented, the more actual product quality it generates and the more money it saves. Ideally, quality is injected from the very beginning, during the planning and product design phases. As a practical matter, it should at a minimum provide a bridge from engineering to manufacturing, feed forward to warranty and service, and provide a closed loop back for traceability and compliance purposes.