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Focus on Quality: Resources & Recommendations for World Quality Month

Inc. posted an article a few weeks ago that identified tips for becoming a billionaire.  And, it’s no surprise to us that each recommendation is either directly or indirectly related to quality.

The following were cited as “insider success secrets:”

  • Live well below your means.
  • Focus on quality above everything.
  • Think about sustainability.
  • Constantly seek out people smarter than you.
  • Learn how to lead different personalities
  • Be a flexible planner.
  • Being understood is overrated.

The article is timely… Each November, World Quality Month is observed. And, quality professionals throughout the global community participate in spreading the word.

“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 Source)

“The purpose of World Quality Day is to promote awareness of quality around the world and encourage development and prosperity” (CQI)

This year, Pro QC is headed to Houston, Texas where we have an opportunity to discuss incorporating quality tools into critical thinking education at ASQ’s annual Quality Education Conference and Workshop. In addition to volunteering with organizing this event, Pro QC will sponsor a raffle prize to promote learning and continued quality education among workforce training and K-12 educators.

We encourage you to use and share our quizzes and word puzzles to help increase awareness throughout the month:

Also, take our quiz to determine how passionate you are about quality! Don’t forget to share your favorite quality quote.

For additional resources, ASQ offers a toolkit that is well worth the download.

Happy World Quality Month!  Share your ideas regarding how you and/or your organization spread quality awareness throughout November and beyond.

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Support Manufacturing Education & Awareness on October 7th

“Manufacturing is more than just putting parts together. It’s coming up with ideas, testing principles and perfecting the engineering, as well as final assembly.” ~James Dyson

We post this quote predictably each year as Manufacturing Day approaches.  This year, Manufacturing Day will be observed on October 7th.

What is Manufacturing Day? 

“Manufacturing Day℠ is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers.”

Why is it important?

Research reveals the theory behind Manufacturing Day works. For the first time, participants were polled about their experience. A new Deloitte perception survey developed in collaboration with The Manufacturing Institute was distributed to the more than 2,500 manufacturing hosts to gather data from attendees. The results are dramatic:

  • 81 percent of student respondents are more convinced manufacturing provides careers that are both interesting and rewarding
  • 71 percent of student respondents are more likely to tell friends, family, parents or colleagues about manufacturing
  • 93 percent of educators are more convinced manufacturing provides careers that are interesting and rewarding
  • 90 percent of educators indicated they are more likely to encourage students to pursue a career in manufacturing

Who benefits? 

Although Manufacturing Day currently focuses on the United States, it serves as a model for other countries and offers opportunities for collaboration as an effort to achieve a broader reach.

Where do you learn more? 

How do you get involved? 

There are some excellent ideas here, such as hosting an event or organizing an on-site tour, but some additional thoughts include:

  • Host a lunch and share a few related fun facts.
  • Make an announcement and post information throughout the organization networks.
  • Sign a proclamation and invite local government representatives to join you and your team in recognition.
  • If you’re a parent, provide the resources to your child’s school or even speak to your child’s class.

Why get involved? 

According to this source, Manufacturing Day in the United States continues to achieve the objective of creating industry awareness among youth.

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How will you observe and increase awareness this Manufacturing Day? Share your stories with us!

 

Learn Quality With Free Resources

1432910932We’ve observed an increase over the years in online education opportunities, especially those that provide useful information to our industry.  Who doesn’t want to learn more about quality?

Here are our favorite resources that we recommend to our own team to stay up-to-date with the industry:

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This site promotes free certified learning, with courses that include an Introduction to Manufacturing Processes, Fundamentals of Quality Standards, Understanding Cost of Quality and TQM Tools, and more.

ASQ’s Quality Topics A-Z

You don’t need to be a member to access this rich collection of quality-related information.  From auditing to Z1.4 and Z1.9, this site is a one-stop shop.

Coursera 

Access over 1,000 courses for free, including supply chain management and operations management.  Courses are setup by week and include a series of instructional videos.

edX

“Founded by Harvard and The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), anyone with an Internet connection can gain access to courses from Harvard, MIT, and other partner academic institutions. EdX was created for students and institutions that seek to transform themselves through cutting-edge technologies, innovative pedagogy, and rigorous courses.” Courses include Product DesignProject Management and more.

Gemba Academy 

We love lean, and this site offers virtual training opportunities presented in a consistent and easy to follow format.  There is a membership, but the Learn 7 Quality Tools in 8 Minutes video is free and worth the watch.

Kaizen Institute 

“Today, with more than 30+ offices operating in over 40+ countries, a team of highly trained and sought after professionals work to advance the continuous improvement body of knowledge worldwide and have applied the lean methodology across virtually all business sectors.”

The Original Quality Gurus

This is a quick read and offers a excellent overview of the quality gurus and their contributions to the industry.

For quality news, we keep up with the following:

When it comes to our favorite quality books, we’ve shared these in a previous newsletter.

Tell us what sites and publications you frequently use to stay up-to-date with your industry? 

At Pro QC, we have implemented an internal e-learning system that allows us to recruit, train and develop our team effectively.  We believe that our skilled, knowledgeable engineers and quality professionals are what give us a competitive advantage in the market.