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What the “Blog Boom” means to us… Because quality always matters

ASQ’s Quality Progress July issue discusses the “Blog Bloom” and incorporates feedback from a few of the Influential Voices in the industry.

I’m delighted to say that I’ve been an Influential Voice from the start.  It’s been a truly rewarding experience, and I’m excited to be included in this issue.

In the QP article, I discuss my role as an ASQ Influential Voice blogger and incorporate the PDCA cycle where managing your online presence is concerned.  I’ll actually be discussing this topic in more detail through upcoming webinars and workshops scheduled through HCC’s Institute for Corporate & Continuing Education.

One thing I didn’t discuss is the impact on the industry I believe we have had through this blog. The significance is worth a mention…

What’s special about quality engineers?

10173565_277853405713410_6102543326161341779_nQuality engineers are at the heart of our organization.  As a third-party quality assurance firm, we count on the hundreds of engineers we have positioned throughout the world to be the eyes and ears for our clients on-site at their factory locations.  As an exhibitor in this year’s World Conference on Quality & Improvement last week, we had the pleasure of meeting more than a handful of these passionate quality professionals and have further assurance that these individuals share certain attributes unique to the industry. An eye for quality doesn’t quite do it justice, but rather a combination of attributes that are unique to these individuals.

Quality Magazine recently posted an article discussing Five Things a Quality Engineer Should Know, and they were spot on:

  1. Business Management System
  2. Time Series Tracking for Process Metrics
  3. Process Documentation
  4. Data Analysis
  5. Organizational Metrics Improvement

We agree with Quality’s summary,

Quality Engineers can be a more valuable asset to their organizations when they expand a silo scoping of their work efforts to orchestrate the big picture and its associated processes. 

But, what do we look for in our quality engineers?

Global State of Quality 2013

ASQ issued the 2013 Global State of Quality report not long ago, in addition to the summary below that was posted to their blog earlier this week.

We have reviewed the report and do feel it is representative of our experience as an industry provider.  While there are certainly issues of concern, such as the unfavorable continuous improvement findings, we remain optimistic in the long-term when we see figures representing 96% of respondents providing quality training. The key is to ensure quality training connects with the right objectives and is supported with the appropriate actions.  We are anticipating the 2014 report to see if this trend is accurate.

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