Column Guidelines

“Try This Today” (formerly “One Good Idea”)
This column helps readers learn about tools and techniques other professionals have developed or revised to help with daily tasks. This column should be about a new tool or a new twist on an old tool. You should include measurable results that prove the tool or technique works well.

We also consider columns about “one bad idea” — a lesson learned, perhaps the hard way, while attempting to apply a quality tool, technique or program.

Word limit: 600 words

“Back to Basics”
This column covers one well-known, entry-level quality tool, concept or methodology for readers new to the quality arena or those who need retraining on basic, traditional quality concepts. Include examples of how the tool or concept works, demonstrating why it has become a staple among quality practitioners.

Word limit: 600 words

“My Quality Story” (formerly “Quality in the First Person”)
This column offers an opportunity for readers to share their personal quality stories. An appropriate submission would be an account of how you got into the quality field, how it has helped your organization or your career or how quality has enhanced your personal life.

Word limit: 600 words

"Field Notes"
This column offers industry-specific information and insights particular to a specific audience/readership segment. The column can focus on one area with each installment, delving deep into a topic affecting that particular industry, whether it be regulation, market opportunities or a relevant current event.

Word limit: 1,200 words

As with all submissions, publication is subject to space and scheduling restrictions. For consideration send your submissions to

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