November is the fourth annual World Quality Month, a celebration of quality, its impact on the world, and quality practitioners whose knowledge, experience, and passion make improved quality available for anyone who asks.
You can learn more about the event on www.worldqualitymonth.org. The site houses quality-themed events, success stories, knowledge resources, and a toolkit available in English, Chinese, Arabic, and Spanish with posters, etags, and web banners that you are encouraged to download and use.
Those who work in quality sometimes struggle to explain its value to “outsiders”—or even “insiders”–at their organization. There’s no better time to remedy this than November. I encourage you to take a proactive role in World Quality Month this year!
If your organization hasn’t made any plans yet, it’s not too late. Forward a link to the site. Download posters and display them in your office. Host a quality “open house” for your department and invite colleagues from other areas (be sure to offer snacks). Put an etag in your email signature. Submit your quality stories, case studies, and events—the site welcomes visitor content.
Oh, and don’t forget to have some fun. That’s right. New in 2013 are contests and social media events highlighting the lighter side of quality:
- Submit a photo of an item that has lasted for a long time (like a car or appliance) as part of the #qualitylasts contest on Twitter. You could win a Canon digital camera. Use hashtags #qualitylasts and #wqm13. You can find more details here.
- A lot of quality folks like the Quality Quotes from ASQ’s Knowledge Center. In November, look for a “quality quote” generator in QP, ASQ’s flagship magazine.
- Any time you make something better—that’s a quality moment. Submit your #qualitymoments on ASQ’s Facebook or Twitter now through November. We will compile for www.worldqualitymonth.org.
- LinkedIn users can add “World Quality Month” as a skill on LinkedIn and encourage endorsements.
- Finally, share your World Quality Month celebration ideas in the comments.