Foreword

2015

Up Front: Deep Cuts

by Sanders, Seiche

On the surface, this year's salary survey showed positive gains for those in the quality profession--average salaries are up, response rates are up, and people tend to be happier in their careers than those in other professions making comparable ......


Up Front: Lighten Up

by Sanders, Seiche

It's November, and that means it's World Quality Month. Now in its sixth year, the month-long celebration offers a unique opportunity to spread the word about quality via a host of features, ideas, templates, games and contests highlighting the impact ......


Up Front: Super Supply Chain

by Sanders, Seiche

Recent research shows visibility is a top concern among supply-chain professionals. One study, conducted by Jabil, a global manufacturing service provider, found that 89% of electronics manufacturers surveyed said they faced challenges with visibility ......


Up Front: Stress Relief

by Sanders, Seiche

It's finally here: the release of ISO 9001:2015. For months, many have been anxiously awaiting this moment and all of the changes that come with it. And though the wait is now over, now the clock starts ticking--organizations have three years to ......


Up Front: Fire Starter

by Sanders, Seiche

No matter what it is, it always comes back to process, doesn't it? Even innovation--breakthrough, shatter-the-mold change--requires the right process to succeed. And the first part of the innovation process is creativity ......


Up Front: Ripple Effect

by Sanders, Seiche

Standards take center stage in this issue of QP. "Open to Change" explains how various business-sector standards will be influenced by ISO 9001......


Up Front: Culture Flub

by Sanders, Seiche

Those who know me know I have been cursed by the travel gods. So it should come as no surprise that on a recent trip I was delayed by several hours on the way there, and the way back; mechanical issues, they said. Knowing I would miss my connection ......


Up Front: Acing Basics

by Sanders, Seiche

As the mother of a 9-year-old girl, I'm constantly hammering away at her to get her math facts down pat. Repetition, memorization and frequency, rinse and repeat, I say. Nailing down these basics allows you to build on your knowledge ......


Up Front: Play Ball

by Sanders, Seiche

For the many who have been left battered and bruised by this year's nasty winter weather (Bostonians, am I right?), the promise of baseball season looming bright on the horizon puts a little spring back into our steps ......


Up Front: Forest, Meet Tree

by Sanders, Seiche

Review time. Regularly, we perform a "check" on our processes, make sure they're working OK and tune up anything that may have experienced a performance slip. This time around, this improvement opportunity surfaced: Can QP article authors give final ......


Up Front: Lean Saves Lives

by Sanders, Seiche

Arguably, the ultimate outcome of an effective quality effort is saving lives. Many of our roles influence this indirectly--somewhere down the "food chain." Two articles this month, however, showcase how quality improvement efforts directly resulted ......


Up Front: Total Commitment

by Sanders, Seiche

In his thoughtful tribute to the recently deceased quality forefather, author and friend Greg Watson said of Armand "Val" Feigenbaum: "In reflection, Feigenbaum's life serves as a role model of total commitment to quality."...



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