The name game
"Dead or Alive" (July 2016) was a good article. What’s in a name? Total quality management (TQM) has always been around, even before a smart person such as Armand V. Feigenbaum gave it a name. It may have a new label in the future, but it will always be here and tuned to organizations’ needs.
Hooked on ASQ
In response to "Leveling Up" (June 2016): As a project management professional (PMP), quality assurance is my chosen subspecialty. Because I’m already so busy with the PMP side of my work, I keep hoping I can eventually stop relying on ASQ and QP. But alas, QP keeps delivering quality information in articles like this one, and I’m hooked! Now I’m working toward my manager of quality/organization excellence certification this summer.
The title of Table 3 in "Designing a Fix" (June 2015) is "Tradeoff analysis using Pugh matrix," but I think it is a prioritization matrix. In a Pugh analysis, one of the options is seen as a datum, and subsequently, all others are compared to the datum in a worse, equal and better evaluation. In other words, there is a one-on-one comparison and not an absolute scoring, such as that shown in the table. This would most likely not influence the conclusion. Both techniques, however, are fundamentally different, and it is better to use the correct terminology.
Speaking the same language
As an engineer and technician who works in the metrology discipline, "Measure for Measure: Accuracy Matters" (May 2016) was a great source of information for my organization’s interns to better understand the language and logic of metrology.
Thinking, not just doing
I really appreciated "Running a Risk" (May 2016) and its timeliness. It was a good article on not just doing a failure mode and effects analysis, but also thinking through its components.
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