August 2002


Open Access

Annual Quality Awards Listing

by Johnson, Corinne N.


Quality Progress' Quality Awards Listing is a guide to automotive, government, international, national, regional, and state quality related awards and awards programs. Awards listed must be quality related, eligibility cannot be limited to members...


Column: World View: Hungary Adopts Quality Tools For Public Education

by Molnár-Stadler, Katalin

National government funds consultants, provides training and monitoring

The future position and role of Hungary in the new, continuously enlarging European community will depend to a significant degree on the quality of education in the former Soviet bloc country. Both the Hungarian Parliament and...


The Status Quo's Failure in Problem Solving

by Palady, Paul; Olyai, Nikki

In their quest to create and implement the newest initiatives, organizational leaders frequently fail to notice that simple changes in the existing system can ensure the success of future efforts. Problem solving is a critical link shared by all quality...


Strategic Planning for Business Excellence

by London, Calvin

The quality revolution of the 1990s highlighted the importance of strategic planning to the success of quality management initiatives. Yet many companies and manufacturing facilities fail in the transition from an operational to a strategic way of...


Strive to Win the Game

by Kinnear, Rob

Many companies successfully certified in quality standards are having difficulty getting the most from their new product development (NPD) process. Automotive companies, in particular, are struggling to improve their bottom-line results. College sports...


Column: Emerging Sectors: Using ISO 9001 To Make Our Skies Safer

by Rooney, Stephen A.; Tye, John; Mruz, John H.

Transportation Security lab certifies explosive detection systems' test process

The Transportation Security Research, Engineering and Development Division (known as AAR-500), an organization within the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation, recently achieved...


On Leadership

by Phillips-Donaldson, Debbie

In June 2002, more than 200 industry experts and academic leaders convened at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management Juran Center for Leadership in Quality to hear Joseph M. Juran, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Paul O'Neill, and...


How to Estimate the Parameters of a Weibull Distribution

by Locks, Mitchell O.

Quality professionals often must determine time to failure and reliability of a product from a life test that may be incomplete. A method is described that demonstrates how the Weibull parameters can be estimated when the incomplete life test is...


Column: Statistics Roundtable: Chapter One

by Hare, Lynne B.

Articulated by Francis Bacon, the 17th century English philosopher, the scientific method teaches the use of observation followed by deductive reasoning to reach conclusions. Inductive reasoning is then used to proceed from repeated observations to the...


Open Access

ASQ News

The conference, Sept. 22-24 at the Westin Hotel-Galleria in Dallas, is sponsored by the Aviation/Space and Defense Division of ASQ and supported by the Federal Aviation Administration and the International Aerospace Quality Group. The Society will feature...


Quality Web Watch

Quality Web Watch

SIX SIGMA www.isixsigma.com This comprehensive site is constantly updated to include a daily Six Sigma quality tip, a calendar of quality events and training, and a quality discussion forum. Also among the features are a bookstore, a quality dictionary, S...


Open Access

Check Out This Baldrige Winner

by Daniels, Susan E.

In 1993 Clarke American, a manufacturer of bank checks, faced a major business crisis due to industry consolidations and competition from direct mail suppliers. It was a defining moment for Clarke's new president and CEO, and a catalyst for the...



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