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Recognizing Quality: World Quality Month 2017

World Quality Day is approaching and is recognized on November 9th this year.  Throughout November, the international community recognizes the importance of quality. “The purpose of World Quality Month is to promote the use of quality tools in businesses and communities. Quality tools, such as flowcharts and checklists, reduce mistakes and help produce superior products. Quality principles could reduce headline-making errors, like food safety, toy recalls, and financial disruptions. World Quality Month calls on people who use quality tools to share their knowledge by submitting their stories to illustrate the value of quality principles.” (ASQ) “The purpose of World Quality …

5W2H of Process Audits: What You Should Know

We’ve used 5W2H to discuss Product Quality Control before, and now we’re using this popular tool to provide insight regarding process audits. Who? Quality auditors are often certified and/or have other applicable training specific to the types of audits they perform. Quality auditors must be professional, ethical and objective. They must be able to select appropriate quality and auditing tools and techniques and use them effectively in a variety of applications. In addition, they must verify, document and communicate results.

Pass the exam! Certification study tips…

We place significant value on industry certifications and actively look for engineers that have various quality related designations. I recently volunteered to assist others during a local ASQ certification exam study session and noted the following tips to help ensure success: Take the pre-test. Assess your strengths and weaknesses ASAP. Most certification exam study guides offer example tests. Taking this as early as possible provides a realistic assessment of what you know and don’t know. It’s easy to be overconfident about how much you think you know, or get caught in the trap of focusing your studies on what you’re …

Top 5 – Quality Resources that Educate & Inspire

We’ve given some thought to quality resources we find particularly useful and that both educate and inspire…  Here are our top five: American Society for Quality > Quality Tools ASQ offers comprehensive content relating to various quality tools, conveniently organized by function.  You’ll find everything from histograms to stratification.  Regularly browsing through the tools is a great way to get inspiration for data analysis or better understand an existing collection.  The Knowledge Center is invaluable! Chartered Quality Institute > Knowledge Hub The Quality Survival Guide is excellent, in addition to the collection of videos and factsheets. Lean Enterprise Institute > Webinars …