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70 years: an ASQ trivia tribute

In April, I participated in the "World’s Largest Trivia Contest," run by a college radio station out of tiny Stevens Point, WI. The annual contest boasts a parade, a scavenger hunt and a few hundred teams playing along by phoning in answers to accrue points. I’ve been playing on the same team most of the past 20-plus years, and I can tell you, these people are passionate about their trivia.

This month’s cover story is perfect for fellow trivia lovers and was a fun one to tackle as I simultaneously brushed up on my movie quotes and song lyrics. "Trivia Time," features a collection of 70 questions and answers about ASQ and serves as QP’s tribute to ASQ’s 70th anniversary this year. Keep up on social media—Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn—all this year for posts celebrating the anniversary. Feel free to chime in on the conversation using #ASQ70. Or submit your favorite ASQ moment at asq.org/70-birthday-wishes. We hope you enjoy the tribute. Now, on to something more serious:

The subject of risk has been front and center recently for quality professionals, and this month we have a couple great articles to help you navigate your own organization’s weaknesses in this area.

"Running a Risk," outlines the risk-based decision-making process and how you can effectively assess where risks exist and determine their potential severity. The process inevitably informs decision making and leads to favorable outcomes. The "iceberg" analogy used in this article can help make a powerful presentation to stakeholders and decision makers within your own organization.

"Beyond Tried and True," gets at a more specific risk consideration: suppliers. When your supply chain can easily span the globe, there are more complex factors to manage. It has never been more critical to be attuned to risk susceptibilities. The article explains how to orchestrate a successful supplier audit using lean tools, providing new safeguards for potentially harmful inputs to your products or services.

I am proud to say I have been a cell-only person since 2000. Recently, my retired parents gave up their landline to move exclusively to using their cellphones. One of the unintended consequences of this now-common migration goes beyond future commissions for timeshare sales. Moves like this are contributing to ineffective polling—political and otherwise. Read about it in "Poor Poll Position."

Seiche Sanders

Seiche Sanders

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