July Roundup: Using New Technology in Quality and Beyond

Have you noticed how technology has changed what you do at the office and at home? You probably don’t think about it much, as technology is so seamlessly integrated into our daily lives. Last month, ASQ Influential Voices blogger Manu Vora wrote about experimenting with new technology—namely Google Hangouts on Air—to share knowledge with a wide network of contacts at low cost. In July, ASQ bloggers reflected on how technology helps them as quality professionals—both at work and beyond.

Aimee Siegler lists several ways in which technology has improved her daily life, such as making it possible to take online courses for her MBA. Pam Schodt shares seven practical ways to use the Internet for hobbies and professional development.

Edwin Garro asks some of his university students—Generation X and millennials—for their top-used apps and websites. Luciana Paulise also shares a list of useful apps for quality professionals—and how PDSA fits into their use.  Rajan Thiyagarajan writes about the power of social media, and Lotto Lai shares how the Hong Kong Society for Quality uses social media.

John Hunter makes the case that the rate at which we incorporate new technology into our work is still very poor—how do we improve?

June Roundup: Using Quality Tools In Everyday Life

Quality isn’t just meant for the office. If you’ve ever followed a checklist when packing for a trip, you’ve used a quality tool in everyday life. In June, we asked ASQ’s Influential Voices bloggers how they use quality off the job. The kickoff post was by ASQ blogger Sunil Kaushik, who wrote about traveling in Egypt for $500. Many other Influential Voices shared their “real-life” quality adventures, showing that quality has a place far beyond our jobs.

John Priebe wrote about everyday risk management, while new blogger Suresh Gettala wrote about using PDSA in everyday decision-making. Luciana Paulise, too, blogged about using PDSA outside the office. Manu Vora shared his experience using Baldrige tools to manage a non-profit.

Jimena Calfa used SCRUM to navigate through the U.S. green card citizenship process, while Pam Schodt uses lean in home organizing and gardening.  Nicole Radziwill reflected on the many applications of DMAIC, including in loading the dishwasher. John Hunter wrote about using quality in many aspects of daily life, from travel to family life, when growing up. On that note, another new Influential Voice, Prem Ranganath, wrote about teaching children about quality. Lotto Lai discussed the personal lives of modern-day quality gurus.

Like blogger Sunil Kaushik, Aimee Siegler, too, used quality tools to save money while traveling. To use quality in “real life,” Cesar Diaz Guevera argues that it must be a way of life and led by example. And Scott Rutherford reminds us to remember the human consequences of applying quality outside its traditional realm—what may work in the office may not work in the home.

Finally, Edwin Garro had a different interpretation of the topic, writing a comical post—what if your company was a TV sitcom–poking fun at common archetypes in the quality field.