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Teaching Operations Research Using the Zombie Apocalypse Problem

QAHE V4i1Ivan G. Guardiola's article for Quality Approaches in Higher Education details how the pop-culture topic of a zombie apocalypse provided a large, unstructured problem to help teach operations research tools and methods in an engaging way.

Find more articles from the September 2014 issue focusing on student engagement, systematic quality improvements, and improving student support.

Lean Six Sigma for Supply Chain Management

P1548-MThis strategic guide brings together the Six Sigma and lean manufacturing tools and techniques required to eliminate supply chain issues and increase profitability.

 

ISO Google Hangout: What's New With the ISO 14001 Revision?

ISO Google HangoutWatch a Google Hangout featuring members of the committee revising the ISO 14001 standard, including Susan Briggs, chair of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to the committee. Experts from countries including Colombia, Malaysia, Japan, and the UK discuss how the revision is progressing.  

A Simplex Evolutionary Operation for Mixture Production Processes

QE Vol 22 No 3An article in the October issue of Quality Engineering presents an evolutionary operation procedure for large-scale mixture production processes using regular and nonregular simplexes.

Breakthrough Improvement with QI Macros and Excel

P1547-MThis book reveals techniques for identifying and analyzing data that will lead to immediate results. The focus is on using Microsoft Excel to drive improvement—no need for training in a new methodology.

Teaching Lean Using Origami

Origami Lean Students HeaderSunil Kaushik explains how he has used origami, the Japanese art of paper folding, in lean workshops to provide students with a hands-on experience for understanding process thinking and process steps.

In Search of Quixote

LeanNewsArticleQuixoteIn the September 2014 Lean Enterprise News, a member-benefit publication of the Lean Enterprise Division, Kurt Stuke explores the idea of using the character of Don Quixote as a role model for reconstructing quality by prioritizing imagination, commitment, and purpose. 

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Statistical Quality Control in the World War II Years

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