Welcome To World Quality Month!

Welcome to the sixth annual World Quality Month!  This event has truly grown into a global celebration of quality, a better understanding of its impact on the world, and focuses on quality practitioners whose knowledge, experience, and passion make improved quality available for virtually anyone who asks.

Those who work in quality sometimes struggle to explain its value to “outsiders”—or even “insiders”–at their own organization. There’s no better time to remedy this than the month of November.  We encourage you to take a proactive role in World Quality Month this year!

If your organization hasn’t made any plans yet, it’s still not too late. You can download ready-made World Quality Month 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).

Download the fact sheets on the ROI of quality and fun quality trivia to share with your colleagues and business associates.  Take the sample World Quality Month Proclamation to your local government officials and ask them to sign it.  Invite them to your site for a World Quality Month tour.  The proclamation or a photograph of you receiving it can then be sent to your local media and used to recognize your company’s or organization’s contribution to quality and your celebration of World Quality Month in November. See more details in the World Quality Month celebration guide.

Also for a simple, last minute idea to celebrate World Quality Month, put an etag in your email signature to let your co-workers and business associates know how much value you believe quality offers to the world, not just during November but throughout the year.

For those events you have planned, now is the time to confirm times, staffing, and logistics for each event.  Send a reminder about the event, either through internal newsletters or email to all staff.  Hold planned events such as lunch and learns, open houses, games/trivia as scheduled. However, several days before the event, make the reception and security departments aware of the event in case they get any questions about it.

Test any technology you will be using (laptop, projector, etc.) at the event the day before in case there are any problems.  On the day of the event, set up your space (e.g., projector, snack table, etc.) and take photos to document the fun activities and send to your local media and/or for your social media accounts.

Also, it’s not too late to submit your quality success stories, case studies, and events.  The World Quality Month site welcomes visitor content and we will continue adding new content throughout the month of November.  Visit the World Quality Month site frequently for updates and new materials.

Happy celebrating!

World Quality Month Begins In November

The 6th Annual World Quality Month is set to begin in just a few weeks. As in prior years, the mission of World Quality Month is to bring together the global quality community and help raise awareness of the vital importance of quality.

The 2015 World Quality Month website and will continue to be updated with new content, events, story submissions, and much more now through November.  This is your one-stop resource for trusted event planning information as well as new ideas for 2015 such as the World Quality Month Proclamation, ready to be filled in and signed by a local dignitary.  Versions in other languages are currently being developed.

Remember, in October you can submit ideas about the future of quality to ASQ on Facebook (contest hashtag is #quality2030). See the complete contest rules on the World Quality Month site. Prizes for the top three entries include a variety of World Quality Month coffee mugs, magnets, notebooks, luggage tags, and a World Quality Month jigsaw puzzle. Entries must be received by October 30. Everyone can vote for the contest finalists from November 9 to noon on November 20.

Also on the World Quality Month site, you can also request a free World Quality Month magnet through October 19 (extended to October 23 or as long as supplies last).  These are a great way to raise awareness of the event or events in your organization and start conversations.

Other things you can do in October, especially if you work in an organization: Hang World Quality Month posters in visible locations. Work with your marketing, communications, or public relations department to send the news release created in September about World Quality Month to the media.

Begin to promote your organization’s main event or events internally.  Create event-related posters to hang around the building. Be sure to include information in your internal newsletter and on the intranet. Send invitations for events (via email or internal newsletter or through internal mail, etc.).  See the World Quality Month Celebration Guide for details and more ideas.

There’s a lighter side to World Quality Month! Start sharing one of the fun facts from the quality trivia fact sheet each day with your colleagues or add a new fact each morning to your email signature.

As always, you can submit quality-themed events taking place now through November to the World Quality Month calendar.  We also invite you to see the World Quality Month guidelines and submit your quality success stories.

November Is World Quality Month — Ideas For Celebrations

Join the Global Quality Community in celebrating the 6th annual World Quality Month in November.  World Quality Month provides a platform for acknowledging the efforts and accomplishments of quality and all who work to make it happen.

By this time, your organization has likely already begun planning the special events you’d like to hold during November.  However, if you are not that far advanced, the World Quality Month Celebration Guide and the World Quality Month Toolkit (in five languages, English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and Portuguese) will be a tremendous help in getting you up to speed. It includes sample banners, e-tags, postcards, sample advertisements and power point templates that can all be customized for your organization. Coming soon, a sample World Quality Month proclamation will be added to the toolkit.  Share the wealth of information included in the World Quality Month toolkit with co-workers and others.

In addition, you can find an ROI of Quality fact sheet and a collection of fun quality trivia on the site.

Ideally, you should have a team designated to work on World Quality Month within your organization, determine who will help set up and run the event or events, and have a specific person for each role. Make sure you have backup help as well.

Work with your marketing, communications, or public relations department to create a news release about World Quality Month and quality at your organization.  Prepare information about World Quality Month and any planned events for your internal newsletter and intranet and share them with the editor.  Have employees add “World Quality Month” as a skill on LinkedIn and endorse one another (see the Celebration Guide for details).

You can also encourage your team to submit any quality-themed events taking place in October and November to WorldQualityMonth.org so they can be added to the site calendar. We also invite you to submit your quality success stories.

And remember to have fun!  In October you can also take part in a social media contest, #quality2030, and submit your idea of what quality will look like in the future, on ASQ’s Facebook page (see the complete rules on WorldQualityMonth.org). Three winners will receive a bundle of World Quality Month souvenirs.  Also, we’re offering complimentary World Quality Month magnets in October as well. Again, you can order through the site starting October 1.

Remember–the world is full of organizations dedicated to quality.  This is our month to share our passion for quality with our global colleagues and other business professionals and government leaders from around the world.  It is a time to praise all that has been accomplished so far and dream about what greatness the future may hold.