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Bruce Bader, continuous improvement manager, Little Rapids Corp.

Bruce Bader

Bruce Bader, an ASQ member since 1996, is a continuous improvement manager at Little Rapids Corp. in Green Bay, WI. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Grove City College in Pennsylvania and an MBA in operations from Northern Kentucky University in Newport.

Bader recently provided feedback on the importance of Six Sigma and his favorite benefit of quality.

What do you think is most important in implementing a Six Sigma project?
Getting a calibrated, repeatable and reproducible measurement system.

Why do you think Six Sigma is important?
There are problems that cannot be solved using the old methods, and we need to solve them to stay competitive.

Why do you think quality is important?
Quality is a given in today’s society; people expect it.

What’s your favorite benefit of quality?
The discipline and consistency it brings to an increasingly vague and relative world.

Why did you choose to go into the quality field?
Actually, it chose me.  My first quality assignment was just that—an assignment

What’s your best advice to someone new to quality?
To paraphrase Winston Churchill: Never give up. When faced with anything other than data, never give up. People will push back and want to deliver good enough. Don’t let it happen.

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