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Inside Job

by Wagoner, Keith; Khan, Rizwan

Businesses sometimes have no choice but to seek advice and consultation from outside experts. One financial institution in Radnor, PA, assembled a team of internal experts and advisors....


Expert Answers: March 2015

by Palmes, Paul; Aston, Bill

Far too many organizations still employ a system best described as a bolt-on QMS. QMS output is reported to top management as a separate entity through management review, often as an annual progress report in which objectives—while certainly supporting bu...


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Quality in the First Person: Identity Crisis

by Brooks, Chris

The longer I am involved in quality management and business growth consulting, the more I am convinced that a simple truth is often overlooked: Quality is not something we do. It is who we are....


3.4 per Million: Proactive Benefits Calculations

by Carnell, MIke

In the late 1990s, Six Sigma was hot. Everybody wanted to be a consultant, and everybody claimed to have been the consultant that GE used to attain its amazing results....


Lean Learning

by Krehbiel, Timothy C.; Ryan, Alfred W. Jr.; Miller, Dana P.

The economic downturn of 2008 placed many public universities in a financially unsustainable position....


Carried Away

by Fulton, Larry; Bastian, Nathan; Wilson, Ron

DFSS is a widely used algorithmic process that integrates quality as part of the new product design process that has been shown to improve the new product development performance....


Capturing Cash

by Aldowaisan, Tariq A.; Abu-Latifa; Hytham

Most Six Sigma applications pertain to increasing the efficiency of a key process by focusing on decreasing operating expenses and consequently increasing the bottom line. Few applications address an organization’s top line or revenue generation function....


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Roadmap to Savings

by Harlan, Jim; Arnason, Walt; Nichols, Jack; Arthur, Jay;

E-470 is the 75-mph toll road that runs along the eastern perimeter of the Denver metropolitan area. The road is financed, constructed, operated and governed by the E-470 Public Highway Authority....


Expert Answers: January 2015

by Laman, Scott A.; Reid, R. Dan

Understanding control charts ... ISO 9001:2015 and the automotive industry...


Standards Outlook: Surprise Visit

by Schnoll, Les

Knowing how to effectively manage an unexpected regulatory audit or inspection and ensuring that your rights are clearly understood and protected will go a long way toward making the process less nerve-wracking....


Salary Survey 2014: Part 1, Section 11. Salary by Division Size, Organization Size and Headquarters Location

by Hansen, Max Christian

Larger paychecks come from larger organizations, as the QP Salary Survey has shown each year. This correlation also holds true the size of the division the respondent is assigned within the organization....


Salary Survey 2014: Part 1, Section 12. Salary by Industry

by Hansen, Max Christian

Do you work for an organization that makes physical objects or one that provides services? If it’s a service organization, the QP Salary Survey shows that you probably make more money....


Salary Survey 2014: Part 2, Section 21. Consultants Overview

by Hansen, Max Christian

Before the 2008 recession, the majority of self-employed consultants who responded to the QP Salary Survey were also employees of another organization. Starting in 2009— when the recession’s effect was fully felt—flying solo became the norm....


Salary Survey 2014: Part 2, Section 22. Base Earnings by Years of Experience

by Hansen, Max Christian

For quality professionals who work as employees of organizations, there’s an obvious reward for accruing years of experience in the quality profession, as section 3 demonstrates....


Salary Survey 2014: Part 3, Section 27. India Results

by Hansen, Max Christian

To encourage participation in the QP Salary Survey beyond North America, the number of questions in the targeted questionnaires to ASQ members in China, India and Mexico were pared down to make it easier to take the survey....


Salary Survey 2014: Part 4, Section 30. Culture of Quality—Expanded Results

by Hansen, Max Christian

The way an organization embraces quality affects how it manufactures products and serves customers. But can an organization’s culture of quality (or lack thereof) affect employee satisfaction—specifically, toward their jobs and salaries?...


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Standards Outlook: Catch My Draft

by Reid, R. Dan

Dissecting the ISO 9001:2015 draft international standard....


Expert Answers: November 2014

by Ramu, Govind; Aston, Bill

Evaluating repeatability ... Lead auditor qualification...


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Multipronged Approach

by Patil, Prashant Ramakant; Mishra, Nandkumar

In the last few decades, several improvement frameworks and practices have evolved to help organizations extinguish burning business issues. These frameworks and practices are not always enough when implemented alone....


Expert Answers: October 2014

by Rico, David F.; Aston, Bill

Cost of quality of agile methods ... Employee qualification audits...


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Career Corner: Making the Jump

by ReVelle, Jack

Should you quit your day job and become a consultant?...


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Brought Into Focus

by Liebesman, Sandford

For the first time, the word “risk” is being incorporated into the new version of ISO 9001. Using risk-based thinking and tools such as risk analysis and risk control matrixes can enhance an organization’s risk management approach...


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A New Look

by Palmes, Paul

There are a few basics any new or seasoned practitioner of ISO 9001 might want to consider as 2015 draws near....


Which FMEA Mistakes Are You Making?

by Carlson, Carl S.

Focusing on achieving quality objectives and using an FMEA audit process will greatly enhance the FMEA effectiveness....


Expert Answers: August 2014

by QP Staff

Achieving division quality ... Clarifying calibration...


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The Ripple Effect

by Schmidt, Megan

The 2013 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipients said their use of the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence was their catalyst for achieving strategic goals and higher levels of quality....


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Blog Boom

by Calfa, Jimena; Graban, Mark; Hunter, John; Stepniowski, Jennifer J.; and Zrymiak, Daniel

Back in the late 1990s—well before 140-character Tweets, before Facebook posts and before LinkedIn discussions—there was the blog. Register at any number of blogging sites and you could set up your own personal or professional website....


Expert Answers: July 2014

by QP Staff

Building an effective QMS ... understanding medians...


Innovation Imperative: Making Choices

by Merrill, Peter

When you think about how to steer your career, it’s important not to steer too hard. Life presents many opportunities, and if you are trying to force your way through, you will miss the opportunities that come your way....


Insurance Policy

by Minckler, William

Using a quality-centric approach, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services in 2012 embarked on an initiative to create an enterprise content management system to manage, safeguard and accelerate the use of key informational assets....


3.4 per Million: Conducting FMEAs for Results

by Kubiak, T.M.

Today’s world is fraught with risk. A failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA) is a prevention-based, risk management tool. Its real value is reflected in its use as a long-term, living document....


Standards Outlook: Consulting Quandaries

by Schnoll, Les

As a consultant, you sometimes must walk the fine line of being (appropriately) assertive and going too far, thus alienating your difficult clients. You must learn to deal with occasional idiosyncratic behaviors—thus, the consultant’s quandary....


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A Place to Call Home

by Leonard, Denis; Zajicek, Gary

Builder leverages quality toolbox, culture to construct house for "Extreme Makeover" TV show....


Statistics Roundtable: The Quality Practitioner’s Friend

by Borror, Connie M.

On Aug. 28, 2013, the quality and statistics communities lost one of their biggest champions: Lloyd S. Nelson. Nelson was an honorary member of ASQ, the founding editor of the Journal of Quality Technology and wrote the Technical Aids column for JQT....


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A Step Forward

by Hampton, Debra M. Hay;

The committee draft of ISO 9001:2015 is significantly different from ISO 9001:2008, and includes new terms and clause structure. It also focuses on reducing risk and applying the process approach....


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Career Corner: Penny-Wise Planning

by ReVelle, Jack B.

Find your financial footing before your golden years....


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Probing Probabilities

by Hooper, William

Let's do a little experiment from an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1978. Suppose you are tested for a rare disease that occurs in the population at about 1%. The test is 95% accurate....


Expert Answers: March 2014

by QP Staff

Defining the customer ... incoming inspections...


Standards Outlook: Into the Future

by Reid, R. Dan

During the past 30 years or so, there has been a lot of content in this column and in QP dealing with management system standards (MSS). Well, get ready. ISO MSSs as you know them are about to change, starting as soon as next year....


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Learning From Experience

by Behling, David

Seven thought leaders offer their take on lean’s impact, opportunities and challenges....


Expert Answers: February 2014

by QP Staff

Controlling documents ... Showing resources in an audit...


Statistics Roundtable: Assessing Analytical Equipment Accuracy

by Hare, Lynne B.

Much ink and training time have been devoted to measurement systems analysis (MSA)—the adopted child of Six Sigma—and other statistical training programs that continue to add great value through improvements in quality and productivity....


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Salary Survey 2013: Read Their Minds

by Hansen, Max Christian

The quality profession is helping the world economy pull out of its long slump. And the professionals who responded to this year’s QP Salary Survey seem to be experiencing their own recovery—be it ever so slight....


2013 Salary Survey: Part 2, Section 23. Base Earnings by Education and Training

by Hansen, Max Christian

The independent consultants who respond to QP’s Salary Survey are, of course, a smaller group than the regular employees. This year in the United States, 62 consultants reported working part-time and 109 full-time....


2013 Salary Survey: Part 2, Section 21. Consultants Overview

by Hansen, Max Christian

Slightly less than two-thirds of the self-employed consultants who responded to this year’s QP Salary Survey work full-time at their consulting activities....


2013 Salary Survey: Part 1, Section 12. Salary by Industry

by Hansen, Max Christian

Year after year, respondents from North America are more likely to work in the manufacturing sector than the service sector. But, also perennially, the workers in service industries bring home, on average, bigger paychecks....


2013 Salary Survey: Part 1, Section 1. Salary by Job Title

by Hansen, Max Christian

Of those who responded to this year’s salary survey, the vast majority are employees of a single organization, and of these, most work full time. Part 1 of this report, consisting of sections 1-19, address these respondents....


2013 Salary Survey: Part 2, Section 22. Base Earnings by Years of Experience

by Hansen, Max Christian

It seems an individual’s years of experience as a consultant are a poor predictor of individual earnings—at least that’s the picture presented by Figure 1, which shows income by consulting experience for our self-employed respondents worldwide....


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Words to Work By

by QP Staff

Readers shared their favorite quality quotes and reflected on the wisdom of the words....


Standards Outlook: Work in Progress

by Liebesman, Sandford

ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 are scheduled for major revisions by the end of 2015. Many of the revisions being considered are controversial. In this column, I will only discuss the changes to ISO 9001, but note that changes to ISO 14001 are similar....


Innovation Imperative: Changing Tides

by Merrill, Peter

We are currently in a perfect storm for global change. The global marketplace is changing and advances with technology are dramatically changing the way we complete even the simplest tasks. We are responding to change by innovating....


Turned On

by Scriabina, Natalia; Cort, Gary

Quality can be defined in many ways. In technical usage, quality can have two meanings: the characteristics of a product or service that influence its ability to satisfy stated or implied needs; or a product or service free of deficiencies....


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Career Corner: The Dilbert Syndrome

by Lindborg, Henry

Ways managers can cure survey cynicism among employees....


Standards Outlook: Regulatory Nightmares

by Schnoll, Les

“Do it right the first time” is a mantra often used by quality professionals. In the associated world of regulatory affairs and compliance, this adage also represents an appropriate mindset....


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Expert Answers: September 2013

by QP Staff

Centralizing quality ... ISO 9001 cost of implementation...


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Quality in the First Person: Quality Couple

by Mouradian, George

Husband and wife use quality tools to sweeten union...


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Standard Wise

by Combs, Oscar

View ISO 9001 as more than a QMS standard to lift business performance to new heights....


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Career Corner: The Gift of Growth

by ReVelle, Jack

For both mentors and mentees, mentorship is an invaluable experience....


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Quality in the First Person: Broken Arrow

by ReVelle, Jack

One member’s role in preventing nuclear disaster....


3.4 per Million: Operational Definitions

by Kubiak, T.M.

If your organization is like most when it comes to data collection or metric development, little thought is actually given to these processes. I mean, after all, how difficult can it really be?...


Raising the Bar

by Bertels, Thomas; Buthmann, Arne

Many large organizations have invested in operational excellence initiatives. Some organizations are motivated by potential cost savings, while others are looking for culture change or a common language for solving problems....


Full View

by Richardson, Robb

As quality professionals, we are comfortable in discussing both the health of a process and how to improve it using the tools of our trade. Yet, when it comes to applying those same approaches to our own performances, many of us are far less comfortable....


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Expert Answers: July 2013

by QP Staff

Micrometers ... Quality indicators ......


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Career Corner: Stake Your Ground

by Lindborg, Henry

Stakeholder analysis has become standard practice among quality practitioners....


Mood Righting

by Thor, Scott

U.S. organizations face monumental challenges as a global economy has emerged. Arguably, the global economy is driving competitive forces to levels unimaginable only a few decades ago....


Standards Outlook: World View

by Liebesman, Sandford

The global economy has provided organizations with many opportunities that didn’t exist even 10 years ago. On the other hand, the internet and extensive outsourcing have “flattened” the Earth, presenting organizations with many new risks....


Tool Time

by Liu, Shu

“Does everybody know what time it is? It’s ‘Tool Time’!” On “Home Improvement,” one of the most watched TV sitcoms in the U.S. in the 1990s, Tim and his assistant, Al, demonstrated to their television audience what tools they had and how to use them....


Standards Outlook: What’s Cooking?

by Schnoll, Les

The U.S. Federal Drug Administration Food Safety Modernization Act is another milestone in food safety—the latest step to supplement hazard analysis and critical control point programs that have been mandated for a variety of commodities....


Expert Answers: April 2013

by QP Staff

Root cause analysis tools ... Calibration data for a fee ......


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Apples to Oranges?

by Surak, John G.;

Consumers around the world demand safe food. Through the years, retailers and food companies have pushed their suppliers to have food safety systems and improve on them. The drive started with suppliers being required to have third-party good GMP audits....


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Career Corner: Out of Hiding

by ReVelle, Jack B.

While I was the senior statistician for a manufacturing division of a major aerospace firm, I shared the concept of the hidden factory with a statistical quality control (SQC) training class composed entirely of senior and middle management....


3.4 per Million: Box Paradox

by Carnell, Mike

Without any data to support this, I’m willing to wager that anyone who has been employed in a manufacturing or transactional environment for five years has either been directed to or heard someone direct others to “think outside the box.”...


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Quality in the First Person: Failure of Inspection

by Austin, Alan L.

Inspection often occurs at the end of the production line. As a result, the information gained from identifying problem pieces comes too late to make adjustments in the process, let alone isolate places in the process that are causing the problem....


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Salary Survey 2012: Facing Tight Times

by Hansen, Max Christian

The more things stay the same, the more quality professionals must look for productive ways to change. For the first time since QP began its annual salary survey, the most important indicator—average salary—has become frustratingly stuck in place....


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Career Corner: Trade Your Expertise

by Westcott, Russell T.

Most readers have an idea of what a mentor is. Perhaps you have received counsel or knowledge from an experienced mentor or mentored a person seeking your advice. But there is a lesser-known mentoring relationship—a peer-to-peer relationship....


Salary Survey 2012: Part 1, Section 1: Salary by Job Title

by Hansen, Max Christian

Figure 1 includes results for: x Full- time employees, part- time employees, x U. S. employees, Canadian employees, International employees Salary by job title for U. S. respondents / FIgUre 1 46,884 50,558 53,970 56,246 57,718 69,279 70,094 72,261 74,13...


Salary Survey 2012: Part 1, Section 12: Salary by Industry

by Hansen, Max Christian

Transportation and aerospace products 12.8 80,965 24.7 79,706 other products 5.3 78,625 4.7 78,111 Service sector 28.5% $ 90,449 42.8 $ 93,453 Construction services 5.4 90,114 7.0% 85,600 Consulting and other professional, scientific and technical servic...


Salary Survey 2012: Part 2, Section 23: Base Earnings by Education and Training

by Hansen, Max Christian

1 28,000 28,000 Certified manager of quality/ organizational excellence 20,000 275,000 86,193 9 112,391 100,000 Certified quality auditor 12,000 180,000 56,553 17 87,066 96,521 Certified quality engineer 12,000 214,245 71,048 10 96,625 82,500 Certified q...


Salary Survey 2012: Part 2, Section 21: Consultants Overview

by Hansen, Max Christian

annual revenue for full vs. part- time consulting / Figure 2 88,160 130,405 35,024 146,750 0 $ 20,000 $ 40,000 $ 60,000 $ 80,000 $ 100,000 $ 120,000 $ 140,000 $ 160,000 Self- employed consultants who work part- time in the United States ( 44.2%) Self- em...


Salary Survey 2012: Part 2, Section 22: Base Earnings by Years of Experience

by Hansen, Max Christian

Qp 181 Base earnings by consulting experience for U. S. self- employed consultants / Figure 1 133,145 150,981 122,500 161,818 124,015 43,417 56,500 95,969 93,000 85,700 80,383 37,705 0 $ 20,000 $ 40,000 $ 60,000 $ 80,000 $ 100,000 $ 120,000 $ 140,000 $ 1...


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Quality Around the Clock

by QP Staff

It’s in your DNA. It’s how your mind works. It’s what you do. It’s who you are. When you work in quality, you see things differently. You approach problems and scenarios in certain ways. It happens after you’ve signed off....


Standards Outlook: From the Trenches

by Liebesman, Sandford

ISO 9001 and the COSO internal control guidance document used by financial organizations that must comply with the requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act don’t have a lot in common, but one thing they share is the need to update the current version....


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Quality in the First Person: When Is a Cappucino Not a Cappucino?

by MacDonald, Diane

Understanding unspoken customer needs is a 10 on the Richter scale of customer satisfaction. How can we understand the unspoken needs of customers, when customers themselves are unaware?...


A Service Framework

by Tyagi, Rajesh; Piccotti, Jen

To help service quality professionals negotiate the unique challenges they encounter, the ASQ Service Quality Division envisaged the Service Quality Body of Knowledge as an umbrella framework....


Standards Outlook: Keep It Clean

by Schnoll, Les

Unfortunately, many organizations fail to adequately assess their overall facility environment, forget or are unaware of the need to ensure their buildings are clean and well-organized, and meet organizational and regulatory requirements....


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Career Corner: Risky Reputation

by Lindborg, Henry J.

Formerly the work of marketers, an organization's image and reputation are integral to quality and risk-based management systems. They are everyone's business in sustaining corporate integrity, and they deserve the attention of quality professionals....


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One Good Idea: Survey Fatigue

by Pecoraro, Joel

Who among us has not suffered the endless assault of satisfaction surveys? Society is surveyed out, but that doesn't mean the pursuit of meaningful customer feedback is a waste of time. It's just that the challenge is getting more difficult....


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Career Corner: Light Your Fire

by ReVelle, Jack B.

It takes the right team members to create an enabled, empowered, motivated, cross functional, self-directed team capable of selecting the most important tasks, and then efficiently and effectively solving the most critical problems....


Follow the Signs

by Palmer, Brien

Many change models have been proposed, but one stands out: the transtheoretical model, also known as the health behavior change model. The model originates from directly observing how people really did or didn’t change in response to urgent medical needs....


In the Trenches

by Tiwari, Anshuman

Deploying a quality change program is something every organization needs to do sooner or later, whether it involves lean, Six Sigma, the Baldrige criteria, kaizen or any other improvement effort. But managing a change program is a double-edged sword....


Expert Answers: July 2012

by QP Staff

Reigniting quality ... Going nuclear...


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Quality in the First Person: No Such Thing as Altruism?

by Davis, David

It was an argument that got people out of their chairs and yelling, a verbal war that pitted students’ basic moral principles against one another. The professor set the class up for this. At issue was the assertion that there’s no such thing as altruism....


Expert Answers: June 2012

by QP Staff

Continuous vs. discrete data ... Get IT under control ... You must measure ......


3.4 per Million: The Significance of Simulation

by Kubiak, T.M.

The certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt body of knowledge, introduced in 2010, included the subject of simulation and, specifically, digital process simulation. This is refreshing because this tool is often omitted from lean Six Sigma training....


On the Right Course

by Nejati, Mehran; Ghasemi, Sasan

In today's competitive business environment, organizations do not always limit their concerns to those of shareholders and customers....


Valuable Resource

by Zimmerman, Andrea

Talent development is addressed in three key components of sustainability management systems: international standards, social responsibility (SR) reporting and performance excellence frameworks....


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One Size Fits All

by Krzykowski, Brett; Hankel, Amanda

There’s a reason why simple tools endure: They work, regardless of the situation. That’s a characteristic shared by the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence....


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Fair or Foul?

by Allen, I. Elaine; Seaman, Julia E.

After Moneyball was published nine years ago, Oakland A’s GM Billy Beane was hailed as a genius for adopting analytics in baseball. His goal was to create a small-budget MLB team that could compete with big-spending teams in the American League....


Expert Answers: April 2012

by QP Staff

The right way to roll out Six Sigma ... Dealing with troublesome auditees....


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Career Corner: Should You Blow the Whistle?

by Lindborg, Henry J.

Becoming a whistle-blower is no easy choice, even for quality professionals knowledgeable of organizational behavior and accustomed to audit processes with clear guidelines for nonconformance and corrective action....



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