My company developed a Nonconformance Guidelines Matrix - for those of you familiar with some of my posts, yes, my organization has yet *another* matrix!
This matrix has outlined the parameters on a department basis for when an NC (minor), CAR (major), or PAR is suitable to be issued. This allows for consistency within our NCR System.
Items include everything from internal audit findings to seconded product to unscheduled downtime to payroll error trends and everything inbetween.
The NCLog may be cumbersome to newbies, but to those of us who use it frequently, it is an invaluable tool. The newest addition to it is the use of hyperlinks - rather than memorizing the report #, I find the item in the log, click on the report # and I'm taken directly to the report. It has made the process a bit more manageable for those who are uncomfortable with the NC System.