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Defining Your Role

by Russell, J.P.

With titles such as quality engineer, technician, auditor, quality manager, supply quality engineer, Black Belt and software quality engineer, quality professionals’ roles within organizations are generally invisible to those on the outside....


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Entire Digital Issue: October 2014

by Hankel, Amanda

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Innovation Imperative: Embracing Change

by Merrill, Peter

The revised ISO 9001 provides some great opportunities for innovators, but you must look carefully for those opportunities....


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Entire Digital Issue: September 2014

by Hankel, Amanda

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Onward and Upward

by Thomas, Donna

Operational excellence has been a long-time focus for Xerox, the international document management corporation. Before joining Xerox, Affiliated Computer Services shared that same focus....


Entire Digital Issue: August 2014

by Hankel, Amanda

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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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One Good Idea July 2014 - Online Figure

by Goffnett, Sean

Template of an individual development plan....


Entire Digital Issue: July 2014

by Hankel, Amanda

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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....


July 2014 Standards Outlook - Online Figure

by Cressionnie, L.L. "Buddy"

Reject SMS will be covered by sub- team X 323 EAQG Title Title is more biased towards Aerospace than inclusive of Defense Amend wording from Aerospace Standard to Defense Standard Inclusive of all sectors Reject X 187 AAQG Foreword verbiage confusing ( n...


Entire Digital Issue: June 2014

by Hankel, Amanda

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Entire Digital Issue: May 2014

by Hankel, Amanda

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Quality in the First Person: Pay It Forward

by Ramu, Govind

Helping professionals on their ASQ certification journeys and improving their careers gives this ASQ member a sense of fulfillment....


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One Good Idea: Mix It Up

by Barsalou, Matthew

Combine exploratory data analysis and strong inference to generate and verify hypotheses....


Entire Digital Issue: April 2014

by Hankel, Amanda

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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....


Standards Outlook: Do You Really Understand?

by Russell, J.P.

The challenge for quality professionals for the next decade is to achieve a deeper understanding of our profession and its purpose....


Entire Digital Issue: March 2014

by Hankel, Amanda

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At Your Fingertips

by Cartia, Robert A.

Troubleshooting is defined as a form of problem solving most often applied to the repair of failed products or processes. It is a logical, systematic search for the source of a problem so it can be solved and so the product or process can operate again....


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....


Entire Digital Issue: February 2014

by Hankel, Amanda

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Back to Basics: Calculated Risk

by Sherman, Peter J.

A formula for balancing the cost of risk and uncertainty....


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Quality in the First Person: Super Powers

by Schmidt, Megan

In honor of National Engineers Week, QP took a closer look at what makes engineers and the profession super by asking the global engineering community to weigh in with its thoughts....


Statistics Roundtable: Listening to Sentiment

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

What do you do if you just bought a new computer and it now makes some weird clicking sounds? Or if the airline lost your luggage, but representatives refuse to help recover it or provide compensation?...


Entire Digital Issue: January 2014

by Hankel, Amanda

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Fresh Perspective

by Radziwill, Nicole M.; Owens, Tracy;

The relationships among technology, innovation and quality are based on creating new value and sustaining the ability to continue creating it. Leveraging these relationships can help in releasing your creative spirit....


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Online Figures Keeping Current

by QP Staff

com 1 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% 45% 50% 55% Quality metrics are not effectively measured. 0% 5 % 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% 45% 55% No plans. EQMS = enterprise quality management software EQMS adoption rates / ONLINE FIGURE 2 Top quality manag...


Innovation Imperative: The New Revolution

by Merrill, Peter

3-D printing is one of the most exciting new technologies since the transistor of the last century, and since the steam engine two centuries before that....


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2013 QP Salary Survey Webcast Powerpoint Presentation

by Hansen, Max Christian

View a PowerPoint presentation to accompany the webcast summarizing and discussing the 2013 QP Salary Survey, featuring author Max Christian Hansen....


Entire Digital Issue: December 2013

by QP Staff

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2013 Salary Survey: Part 2, Section 24. Earnings and Rates by Age, Gender and Geographic Location

by Hansen, Max Christian

In the United States, 109 full-time consultants responded to this year’s QP Salary Survey. Among this group, more than half are more than 56 years old and 71.9% are male, as Table 1 shows....


Expert Answers: December 2013

by Wagoner, Keith; Pylipow, Peter E.

Measuring customer experience ... SPC for low-volume assembly....


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Salary Survey 2013: Behind the Results

by Hansen, Max Christian

The 2013 Salary Survey was sent to ASQ 44,945 members. There were 7,504 individual responses, for a response rate of 16.7%....


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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 20. Size of Raise and Additional Annual Payments

by Hansen, Max Christian

In 2009, the percentage of North American quality professionals not expecting a raise in salary hit an all-time high of 38%. That number has dropped since then, although the dropping stalled in 2012....


2013 Salary Survey: Part 1, Section 19. Salary by Gender and Age

by Hansen, Max Christian

In the United States, 68.4% of the full-time workers who participated in the QP Salary Survey are men. With an average salary of $91,070, they earn an average of $9,158 more than their female counterparts....


2013 Salary Survey: Part 1, Section 18. Salary by Exemplar Global Certification

by Hansen, Max Christian

Worldwide, 14.2% of the surveyed quality professionals have at least one Exemplar Global certification. Canadian and U.S. respondents held 49 of the 72 certifications listed as choices in the salary survey, which are divided into two tables....


2013 Salary Survey: Part 1, Section 17. Salary by Highest Level of Ed. and Yrs. of Exp. in Quality

by Hansen, Max Christian

Year after year, the QP Salary Survey shows that education pays off in higher salaries for quality professionals. The two most advanced degrees, the master’s degree and doctorate, seem to pay especially large dividends....


2013 Salary Survey: Part 1, Section 16. Salary by Highest Level of Education

by Hansen, Max Christian

Year after year, the QP Salary Survey shows that education pays off in higher salaries for quality professionals. The two most advanced degrees, the master’s degree and doctorate, seem to pay especially large dividends....


2013 Salary Survey: Part 1, Section 15. Salary by Extent of Quality Responsibilities

by Hansen, Max Christian

In QP’s quality survey, respondents are asked: “In your company, how many people do you think have quality responsibilities stated in their job descriptions?” In 2009, a majority noted a figure of 25% or less....


2013 Salary Survey: Part 1, Section 14. Salary by Organization Quality Infrastructure

by Hansen, Max Christian

If you work in a quality department, there’s a good chance you work in one whose size has been stable for a while. For several years, between 35% and 44% of respondents reported that their department had stayed the same size during the past year....


2013 Salary Survey: Part 1, Section 13. Salary by Geographic Location

by Hansen, Max Christian

Of the quality professionals who participated in this year’s salary survey, the vast majority live in North America. Only 0.85% of the respondents work outside of the United States, Canada and Mexico (Table 1)....


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 11. Salary by Division Size, Org. Size and Location of HQs

by Hansen, Max Christian

For quality professionals, it pays to work in a larger organization. And, within the larger organizations, it seems that the larger the division you work in, the larger your paycheck....


2013 Salary Survey: Part 1, Section 10. Salary by Number of Employees Overseen

by Hansen, Max Christian

In the United States and Canada, the majority of survey respondents oversee the work of other employees. Asked whether they supervise others, 36.2% of U.S. respondents declined to answer, and this section will deal only with those who did answer....


2013 Salary Survey: Part 1, Section 9. Salary by No. of Yrs. in Crnt Position and in Quality Field

by Hansen, Max Christian

Section 8 shows that quality professionals don’t seem to be strongly rewarded for staying in one position for a long time. Table 1 of this section shows that respondents don’t tend to stay in one position for too long....


2013 Salary Survey: Part 1, Section 8. Salary by Number of Years in Current Position

by Hansen, Max Christian

Each year, QP salary survey looks at respondents’ salaries by their tenure in their current position. And each year, one data point of interest is how many professional are new to their positions that year....


2013 Salary Survey: Part 1, Section 7. Salary by Nonexempt vs. Exempt Status

by Hansen, Max Christian

Quality professionals who are paid for overtime earn less than those who are exempt from such pay. In the US, the 85.6% of respondents who said they’re exempt from receiving overtime earn an average of $31,438 more than the respondents who are nonexempt....


2013 Salary Survey: Part 1, Section 5. Salary by Six Sigma Training

by Hansen, Max Christian

Year after, QP’s salary survey shows that it pays to get Six Sigma training. As Figure 1 shows, U.S. respondents who’ve completed any level of Six Sigma training earned $16,826 more on average than those without any Six Sigma training....


2013 Salary Survey: Part 1, Section 6. Salary by Number of Work Hours

by Hansen, Max Christian

If you’re from the United States, it’s likely you work a lot of hours. Each year, QP’s salary survey shows that more than 40% of U.S. respondents work on average more than 45 hours per week....


2013 Salary Survey: Part 1, Section 4. Salary by ASQ and Exemplar Global Certification

by Hansen, Max Christian

In North America, 58.2% of respondents to QP’s salary survey held at least one ASQ certification. As Table 1 shows, the two certifications held by most respondents are certified quality auditor (23.9% of respondents) and certified quality engineer (22%)....


2013 Salary Survey: Part 1, Section 3. Salary by Number of Years of Experience in the Quality Field

by Hansen, Max Christian

Over the 27 years QP has been conducting its salary survey, results have consistently shown that quality professionals are rewarded for their years in the profession....


2013 Salary Survey: Part 1, Section 2. Salary by U.S. Regions and Canadian Provinces

by Hansen, Max Christian

Average salaries of quality professionals vary widely by state or province. In the United States, the highest-paying region provides salaries 9.2% higher than the national average, while the lowest-paying region comes in at 9.3% below that average....


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....


Entire Digital Issue: November 2013

by Hankel, Amanda

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Inside Job

by Seibert, Jerry H.; Schiemann, William A.

The relationship between business performance and internal service quality is well documented, as are changes in internal service levels over time and the impact of outsourcing on internal service quality....


Entire Digital Issue: October 2013

by Hankel, Amanda

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Back to Basics: Tell Me About It

by Radziwill, Nicole

Plan-do-study-act-export (PDSA-X) supports the collaborative pursuit of excellence across organizational boundaries, geography and time....


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Volviendo a los Fundamentos: Intensifique el Ritmo

by Radziwill, Nicole

Comparta sus lecciones aprendidas....


Entire Digital Issue: September 2013

by Hankel, Amanda

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Innovation Imperative: The People Principle

by Merrill, Peter

Successful innovation does have a secret sauce—people. For successful innovation, we need to involve everyone in our organization....


Digital Archive - QP 9-2013

by Hankel, Amanda

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Entire Digital Issue: August 2013

by Hankel, Amanda

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Online Figures Chadha

by Chadha, Rajeev

Sort,store, shine, standardize and sustain (5S) is a lean process for creating and maintaining an organized, clean, safe and high-performing workplace....


Digital Archive - QP 8-2013

by Hankel, Amanda

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Entire Digital Issue: July 2013

by Hankel, Amanda

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Statistics Roundtable: Wanderlust and Memory

by Hare, Lynne B.

Pop quiz. Question one: How do you derive Shewhart (X-bar and R, or X-bar and S) control chart limits?...


Innovation Imperative: Getting a Jump Start

by Merrill, Peter

In last year’s July issue of QP, I wrote about what a career in innovation might look like. In this column, I want to provide you with some ways to get there....


Entire Digital Issue: June 2013

by Hankel, Amanda

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Getting a Good Read

by Bruns, Todd; Bai, Rendong

The internet has forced libraries to focus on enhancing customer service through quality management. LibQUAL+ is a tool to evaluate library customer service and engage patrons as partners to close the gap between experienced and expected service....


Digital Archive - QP 7-2013

by Hankel, Amanda

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Digital Archive - QP 6-2013

by Hankel, Amanda

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Entire Digital Issue: May 2013

by Hankel, Amanda

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Digital Archive - QP 5-2013

by Hankel, Amanda

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Innovation Imperative: Risk and Development

by Merrill, Peter

In my first Innovation Imperative column, I wrote that, in short, innovation is a risky business. In this month’s column, I am going to move beyond identifying the nature of the risks we must address and look at how we manage those risks....


Entire Digital Issue: April 2013

by Hankel, Amanda

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Paving the Way

by Anderson-Cook, Christine M.; Borror, Connie M.

Data and information are at the heart of good investigations and decision making, but are all kinds of data the same? What are the major categories and types of questions to ask to collect and analyze data?...


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....


Digital Archive - QP 4-2013

by Hankel, Amanda

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Entire Digital Issue: March 2013

by Hankel, Amanda

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Entire Digital Issue: February 2013

by Krzykowski, Brett

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Entire Digital Issue: January 2013

by Krzykowski, Brett

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Salary Survey 2012: Crunching the Numbers

by Hansen, Max Christian

The 2012 survey was sent to 54,337 members. Of the 6,857 individuals who started the survey, 6,857 completed the questionnaire for a response rate of 11.2%....


Entire Digital Issue: December 2012

by Krzykowski, Brett

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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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Salary Survey 2012: Part 1, Section 5: Salary by Six Sigma Training

by Hansen, Max Christian

S. employees, Canadian employees, international employees Salary by highest level of Six Sigma training for Canadian respondents / Figure 3 115,929 170,000 133,600 91,538 89,811 79,511 84,000 87,750 103,314 92,094 84,608 77,523 65,000 94,000 105,062 84,8...


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 2: Salary by U.S. Regions and Canadian Provinces

by Hansen, Max Christian

South Carolina 1.4% 96.8 North Carolina 3.6% 95.3 Tennessee 2.1% 89.6 Kentucky 1.3% 89.9 WV 0.3% 92.9 Virginia 2.9% 95.8 Maryland 2.1% 123.4 Delaware 0.4% 108.2 D. C. 0.1% 144.4 New Jersey 2.1% 128.6 Connecticut 1.7% 132.7 RI 0.3% 125.5 MA 3.5% 121.4 Mai...


Salary Survey 2012: Part 1, Section 3: Salary by Number of Years of Experience in the Quality Field

by Hansen, Max Christian

Salary by years in quality and job title for U. S. respondents / Table 1 ConTinued) Minimum Maximum Standard deviation Count Mean Median Analyst no experience $ 80,000 $ 129,000 $ 22,218 4 $ 97,800 $ 84,000 less than 1 year 28,000 77,800 19,915 7 50,114 ...


Salary Survey 2012: Part 1, Section 4: Salary by ASQ and RABQSA International Certification

by Hansen, Max Christian

Percentage of respondents holding aSQ certifications / Table 1 2012 2010 2008 Certified quality auditor 22.9% 24.1% 24.2% Certified quality engineer 20.4 23.7 21.6 Certified manager of quality/ organizational excellence 12.6 13.7 12.6 Certified Six Sigma...


Salary Survey 2012: Part 1, Section 6: Salary by Number of Work Hours

by Hansen, Max Christian

117,746 105,228 99,432 93,146 80,680 72,965 56,449 0 $ 20,000 $ 40,000 $ 60,000 $ 80,000 $ 100,000 $ 120,000 More than 60 hours ( 1.8%) 56- 60 hours ( 6%) 51- 55 hours ( 10%) 46- 50 hours ( 26%) 41- 45 hours ( 39.9%) 36- 40 hours ( 15.2%) 35 or fewer hou...


Salary Survey 2012: Part 1, Section 7: Salary by Nonexempt vs. Exempt Status

by Hansen, Max Christian

com 44 Exempt vs. nonexempt status by job title / Figure 2 Percentage exempt and average salary by job title for U. S. respondents / Figure 3 11.5 13.3 19 64.5 69.6 71.4 75.1 77 80.6 81.7 84.6 89.9 91 91.9 92.2 93.9 94.1 94.6 95.1 95.4 97.2 98.5 99.6 88....


Salary Survey 2012: Part 1, Section 8: Salary by Number of Years in Current Position

by Hansen, Max Christian

com 50 SponSored by Salary by time in current position for U. S. respondents / Figure 2 Salary by time in current position for Canadian respondents / Figure 3 93,287 87,271 90,357 84,833 85,039 85,433 0 $ 20,000 $ 40,000 $ 60,000 $ 80,000 $ 100,000 More ...


Salary Survey 2012: Part 1, Section 9: Salary by No. of Years in Current Position and in Quality

by Hansen, Max Christian

Part 1. Regular Employee Results Section 9. Salary by Number of Years in Current Position and in the Quality Field Longevity.s Effect On Earnings Cross- tabulation of the number of years in current position and in the quality field / Table 1 In a positio...



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