Time To Say Thank You - ASQ

Time To Say Thank You


A. Blanton Godfrey

It is hard to believe this is the end of the second year of publication of Six Sigma Forum Magazine. The circulation has grown commendably. Submissions of articles have grown to where we have almost 20 in various stages of review. We have a wealth of volunteers from around the world for the Editorial Review Board. And we have strong support from advertisers, which has enabled us to add more pages and content.

It is time to say thanks for all the support we have received. First, the staff at ASQ has been wonderful. The publisher, Bill Tony, has brought us together, mentored us and made the magazine happen. The Quality Progress editorial team—Debbie Phillips-Donaldson, Susan Daniels, Valerie Funk, Kristen Johnson and Dave Nelsen—has jumped in continuously to get things done on time, correctly and with high quality. ASQ’s Production Services staff has played a significant role in this effort, too. Nelsen has also provided outstanding manuscript coordination, and in my office, Karen Burbella and Elizabeth Alligood have helped greatly in getting the articles reviewed, edited and off to ASQ.

Most importantly, a number of the true leaders in the Six Sigma arena have contributed their time, effort and papers these first two years. We have truly captured some of the best thoughts of the best people in the field.

In this issue we continue to expand our coverage of critical topics, with a focus on essential tools. Sang-Gyu Lim provides an outstanding article on process diagnostics. Samuel Windsor discusses the benefits of attribute gage R&R. Christopher Nachtsheim and Bradley Jones provide new insight into the use of design of experiments via an in-depth case study. Keith Bower gives an excellent example of when to use—and not to use—the chi-square test.

Rounding off the issue, Jim Folaron goes back in time to provide an interesting history of the development of quality and the evolution to Six Sigma.

Master Black Belts (MBBs) are playing an increasingly vital role in expanding Six Sigma within their organizations. The body of knowledge for MBBs is quite broad, involving both great depth and breadth. In fact, this topic generated so many comments, suggestions and material for the last issue that we carried some over to this issue (“Your Opinion”). We are interested in hearing your comments on the subject, too.

We would like to thank all readers who have sent comments, encouragement, suggestions for articles and formal contributions. Please continue to send your comments and ideas—and especially papers—to godfrey@asq.org. We welcome both formal letters to the editor for publication and informal notes with suggested topics, criticisms and ideas for continuous improvement—or maybe even some ideas for radical change.

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