Foreword

2007

UpFront: What Are You Worth?

by Sanders, Seiche

In a family’s pecking order, firstborns tend to make more money than their siblings—in fact, research shows a 1% drop in income for every step down you are in birth order....


Up Front: Quality Gets Personal

by Sanders, Seiche

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." The author of this month's cover story leads off with the adage, appropriate for an article that draws a cogent parallel between process improvement applied to quality and good health....


Up Front: Inspections Aren't the Answer

by Sanders, Seiche

In this month’s cover, we ask, “What’s in your grocery bag?” In light of recent events, we could have just as easily asked, “What’s in your pet’s food dish?” Or in your kids’ toy boxes, for that matter?...


Up Front: Making the 'Decision' Easier

by Sanders, Seiche

The "Decision-to-Join" study, conducted by ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership, surveyed the combined memberships of 18 organizations, including ASQ, to examine the reasons people joined, or chose not to join, their respective associations....


Up Front: The Quality/Creativity Paradox

by Sanders, Seiche

In the June 11 BusinessWeek article, "3M's Innovation Crisis: How Six Sigma Almost Smothered Its Idea Culture," it seems the writer had his mind made up before he put pen to paper....


Up Front: Forward Thinking

by Sanders, Seiche

As quality professionals, you're trained to place intense emphasis on the voice of the customer, and certainly, there is great value in being highly attuned to customers' needs and wants. But there are certain things customers can't tell you....


Up Front: Essential Reading

by Seiche Sanders

Basic quality. It's not nearly as simple as it sounds. The terminology alone - poka-yoke, Pareto chart, kanban, kaizen - can leave you tonguetied, to say nothing of the alphabet soup of acronyms: PPM, PDCA, DMAIC,CPI, TQM, TQC, PIP....


Up Front: Quantifying Quality

by Sanders, Seiche

At ASQ's world headquarters, quality surrounds us - literally. "Quality quotes" line the walls, a complement to the building's decor and a constant reminder of why we're here....


Up Front: A Time for Change

by Sanders, Seiche

Just like you, QP editors are always looking to improve our processes and product. Many of the changes we've made over the years have occurred behind the scenes, or were subtle enough that they went unnoticed on first glance....


Up Front: Warming Up to Sustainability

by Sanders, Seiche

Quality is inherently tied to social responsibility....


Up Front: ISO 9001: Stifling Creativity?

by Sanders, Seiche

Feedback, in any form, deserves careful consideration and thought. And while people tend to prefer the affirming pat on the back, it’s often criticism that facilitates the most meaningful and significant change....


Up Front: An Editorial Evolution

by Sanders, Seiche

Since joining Quality Progress in November, I've given a lot of thought to how quality touches everyday life. So much we take for granted can be attributed to the hard work of quality professionals....



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