Six Sigma Forum News - November 2002 - ASQ

Six Sigma Forum News - November 2002


Six Sigma Conference January in Palm Springs

ASQ’s third Six Sigma Conference will be Jan. 27-28, 2003, in Palm Springs, CA.

Focusing on actual Six Sigma experiences and results, the conference addresses the technical side of implementation as well as management and leadership issues.

Individual presenters will deliver case studies, demonstrate how Six Sigma can be integrated with other quality programs and discuss applications in nontraditional settings.

Conference sessions are organized into two tracks based on participants’ expertise with Six Sigma:

  • The advancing track focuses on mature programs that are ready for additional benefits and applications of the methodology.
  • The starting rack includes topics and applications for delegates just beginning a program or considering starting a program.

Participants will also find opportunities to network with each other and see demonstrations from vendors. A Super Bowl game day party will provide a casual venue before the conference begins.

Six Sigma Forum members are eligible for discounted registration. For more information or to register, visit the conference site or call 800-248-1946 (United States and Canada only).

Web Articles Focus On Healthcare

Content recently added to the ASQ Six Sigma Forum website focuses on healthcare applications.

After participating in an ASQ Quality Conversation on the Web in June, Six Sigma professionals from the healthcare community chose to further the discussion by contributing articles to the Six Sigma Forum.

Alan Cooper of the Center for Learning and Development at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System (NS-LIJ) offers a series of articles about the system’s implementation. He describes NS-LIJ’s rollout strategy, lessons learned and results of first-round projects.

Corporate Champion Lisa L. Douglas explains how Commonwealth Health Corporation (CHC) of Kentucky has sustained a successful implementation since launching Six Sigma in 1998. Sharing details about CHC’s comprehensive training program and the organizational support provided for Six Sigma, she describes her own role as Champion and the involvement and empowerment of CHC Green Belts.

More articles by Quality Conversation participants will be added in the coming months, including one featuring the insights of a Six Sigma Black Belt medical doctor.

Members may access these and other articles at To read a transcript of the ASQ Quality Conversation on Six Sigma in healthcare, visit and click on “Quality Conver-sations.”

Papers Sought For Forum Website

The ASQ Six Sigma Forum seeks articles for publication on its website,

Authors are encouraged to submit articles exploring Six Sigma key concepts or targeting the interests of practitioners at specific experience levels.

The site specializes in the following types of content:

  • Case studies: step-by-step descriptions of specific projects or of an organization’s overall implementation.
  • Perspective pieces: experience or research based assessments of trends and developments in Six Sigma practice.
  • Tutorials: how-to discussions or illustrations for any experience level.
  • Human interest features: less technical discussions of Six Sigma roles and experiences, or insights about working in a Six Sigma organization.

As a membership benefit, editorial assistance is available for busy professionals or international writers who would like help. Visit the site for complete author guidelines and instructions on how to submit an article, or contact Noel Wilson at

Networking Available For Forum Members

InterNetworking, the ASQ Six Sigma Forum’s monthly electronic newsletter, is the latest networking resource available to members. Each issue includes a “Six Sigma Profiles” section that allows members to share information about themselves and their Six Sigma roles.

Profiled members also provide contact information for their colleagues who wish to learn more or expand their networks.

Since its launch in June of 2002, InterNetworking has featured profiles of members working with Six Sigma in sectors such as financial services and healthcare.

To begin receiving InterNetworking, join the forum at

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