In response to "Unraveling Misconceptions" (March 2016, pp. 30-37):
It is rare that I read an article and walk away with what I consider useful information. A lot of content is covered in a short discussion. The concepts were presented in a manner that will help me promote them—moving my organization from just working with data to actually using knowledge to drive its decisions and behavior.
In response to "Keeping Current: Qualified Applicants Elude Manufacturers, Survey Reveals" (February 2016, p. 13):
I’ve been in a manufacturing quality role for more than 30 years and became an ASQ-certified quality engineer 15 years ago. In my view, a lack of qualified applicants is a reflection of the attractiveness of the overall job package and offer. Most young people choose a career based on the effort it requires versus its potential economic reward.
It’s nice to work in a job you love. But for most people, the reality is that they take whatever job pays the most for their abilities—at least in the long term. I look at job postings every day, and I see many that ask for applicants with three to five years of experience to justify offering them entry-level salaries.
I’m confident the pipeline will be refilled with qualified applicants after manufacturers return to offering salaries commensurate with the level of education, technical sophistication and work ethic necessary to be successful in these positions. Until that happens, financial services and similar career paths will continue attracting the best and brightest applicants.
In response to "Standards Outlook: Small Change, Big Impact" (February 2016, pp. 62-63) about clause 5 in ISO 9001:2015:
This was an excellent article that pointed out a critical but not-so-obvious criterion on leadership. This type of requirement is often overlooked, leading to a performance that is less than it could or should be. The author has provided an important service to the ISO 9001 standard and quality.
In response to: "One Good Idea: Put to the Test" (February 2016, p. 71):
This is an excellent summary of how to determine whether a "numerically observed difference" is indeed an indicator that there was a fundamental change or just an aberration due to statistical sampling that did not cover the entire population. Kudos!
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