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ASQ's Six Sigma Resource Guide

by QP Staff

Special Advertising Section ASQ 600 N. Plankinton Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53203 Phone: 800- 248- 1946 asq. org/ learninginstitute ASQ offers a variety of both public and on- site Six Sigma and lean Six Sigma courses. com You don.t have to be a statistician ...


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Career Corner: Meaningful Mentorship

by Conklin, Joseph D.;

Learn a three-step guide to successful mentor-mentee relationships....


Expert Answers: February 2016

by Ramu, Govind; Aston, Bill; Bossert, Jim;

The difference between design verification, design validation and validation of processes....


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Quality in the First Person: The Story Starts

by Watson, Jay;

This author describes witnessing the rise of the U.S. quality movement and Six Sigma....


Statistics Roundtable: It Isn’t There

by Hare, Lynne B.

"Cats," Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical tells the story of the night a cluster of neighborhood cats decides which among them will ascend to the great beyond....


3.4 per Million: Before Breakdown

by Conklin, Joseph D.;

My friend Ken and I go back more than 30 years. We met at Acme Reengineering. Acme was the main parts supplier to the local automotive engine rebuilding industry....


Standards Outlook: Small Change, Big Impact

by Palmes, Paul

You might easily overlook a small item in the 2015 revision of ISO 9001. Clause 5.1.1, adds several prescriptive requirements for top management to demonstrate leadership and commitment to the QMS, beginning with accountability for its effectiveness....


Back to Basics: Map to the Clouds

by Arora; Rashi; Ahmad, Aizad

Process maps are important tools that help organizations become more efficient. They can now be stored in a digital cloud or app for easier collaboration, reviewing, sharing and communication with stakeholders....


Role Call

by Sunder, Vijaya; Shah, Shashank;

A structured approach to managing stakeholders in lean Six Sigma projects....


Under Advisement

by Tetens, Samuel; Southwick, Anegla; Bellardo, Jonathon; Adamczak, David; Manguson, Karen; Walters, Lisa M.;

When you write that check for college, are you confident your son or daughter will graduate? As your student continues to rack up loans, do you wonder whether he or she will get the education and experiences that will lead to a decent job?...


Lean Delivery

by Vago, Tony; Bell, Ashley M.; Thompson, Heather;

A hospital improves its labor and birth unit with lean, quality culture....


Every Second Counts

by Saif, Sami;

In business, we often say every second counts, but we seldom experience it in reality. In today’s competitive market, we can’t gain sustainable profit just through revenue because cost plays a vital role in overall profitability....


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New Heights

by Mermel, Matt;

Whether they are Fortune 500 conglomerates or small start-ups, many organizations regard translation and localization as peripheral to their business model and profit margins, often delegating the task to in-country employees without formal training....


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Volviendo a los Fundamentos: Mapeo en la Nube Informática

by Arora; Rashi; Ahmad, Aizad

Los mapas de proceso en línea incrementan la eficiencia y comunicación....


Hit Parade

by QP Staff

Since debuting in April 2001, QP’s regular back-page resident has become one of the magazine’s most popular columns. QP’s editorial staff thought it sounded like a good idea to take what’s resonated with and assemble a greatest QP hits collection....


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Best of Back to Basics: What Is a Fault Tree Analysis?

by Pilot, Simha

Use a general conclusion to determine specific causes of a system failure

The fault tree analysis (FTA) was first introduced by Bell Laboratories and is one of the most widely used methods in system reliability, maintainability and safety analysis. It is a deductive procedure used to determine the...


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Best of Back to Basics: Make a Choice

by McCain, Cecelia

A selection matrix, also known as a prioritization matrix, is a ranking technique used to evaluate potential projects, problems, alternatives or remedies based on specific criteria or quality dimensions. The selection matrix has many uses, such as when...


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Best of Back to Basics: Curve Your Enthusiasm

by Phillips, David

Microsoft Excel includes built-in functions that make drawing OC curves easy. This column focuses on attribute (pass/fail) single sampling plans that can be modeled with the binomial distribution....


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Best of Back to Basics: QFD Explained

by Johnson, Corinne N.

Quality function deployment (QFD), often referred to as listening to the voice of the customer, is a structured method for translating customer requirements into appropriate technical requirements for each stage of product development and production....


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Best of Back to Basics: Smart Charting

by Sherman, Peter J.

Control charts are at the foundation of Six Sigma. They serve as the primary tool to filter out the probable noise (inherent variation or common cause) from the potential signals (nonrandom variation or special cause)....


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Best of Back to Basics: To DMAIC or Not to DMAIC?

by Berardinelli, Carl F.

Define, measure, analyze, improve and control is a structured problem-solving method. Each phase builds on the previous one, with the goal of implementing long-term solutions to problems. Most problem-solving efforts benefit from a disciplined method....


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Best of Back to Basics: Improving a System

by Pintavalle, Robert

When we think of nonconforming material, we think about scrapped and reworked material or products that directly cut into a company’s bottom line. But a closer look shows that a nonconforming material system can provide a wealth of information....


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Best of Back to Basics: In the Beginning ...

by Nelson, T. Dan

The 2015 version of ISO 9001 is expected to clarify the requirements to apply a process approach to quality management. A common question arises from those new to the process approach: “Where does a process begin and where does it end?”...


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Best of Back to Basics: Outputs and Outcomes

by Westcott, Russ

When project objectives are set, the term “deliverables” is often used to specify those tangible things produced by the project. Two key factors, however, are often overlooked....


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Best of Back to Basics: Assessing Failure

by Stamm, Scott

A measuring instrument, gauge or device failed recalibration, and you have been asked to determine the influence on previously produced products. Where do you start, and what do you do?...


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Best of Back to Basics: Turning 'Who' Into 'How'

by Thomas, Kenneth

When things go wrong, the goal should be to move away from trying to determine “who” was at fault and quickly transition into a problem-solving mindset of “how” to make things better....


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Best of Back to Basics: Which Six Sigma Metric Should I Use?

by Rudisill, Frank; Druley, Steve

Since its inception at Motorola in the early 1980s, Six Sigma has helped large and small companies solve problems, improve processes, delight customers and increase profits....


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Best of Back to Basics: Pyramid Scheme

by Weeden M., Marcia

A framework for stronger standard operating procedures....


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Best of Back to Basics: Customer Delight

by Curtis, Harold

We all know the basics of customer satisfaction: on-time delivery, quality performance, customer complaint resolution and parts per million (PPM). Now that you have obtained the pinnacle 100% on-time delivery, zero PPM and no customer complaints, what’s...


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Best of Back to Basics: All About Data

by ReVelle B., Jack

We can't be certain, but Lt.Commander Data, a character on "Star Trek: The Next Generation," may have derived his name from his ability to acquire and process data critical to the mission of the United Star Ship Enterprise....


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Best of Back to Basics: Take Note

by Hart, Vicki

Tips to perfect your note-taking techniques....


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Best of Back to Basics: That's So Random - or Is It?

by McCain, Cecelia

Assignable cause, random variation, process stability, process capability—these terms can easily confuse those new to process management. Does random variation in a process automatically require process improvement?...


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Best of Back to Basics: Solid Proof

by Suedbeck, John

In general, the audit process is similar across most industries. To effectively evaluate risk, we need an understanding of the reliability of the audit evidence obtained. But how do we best assess the reliability of audit evidence?...


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Best of Back to Basics: According to Plan

by Port, Jonathan

Regardless of the purpose, audits must be properly planned so they’re successful and valuable. Often, this crucial step receives scant attention. The audit process should be divided into three equal parts: planning, execution and follow-up....


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Best of Back to Basics: Use Your Head

by Echeverria, Luis

Put what you learned during certification prep to work. Plan up front how you will use the knowledge you gained. Try applying the knowledge acquired during the study period....


Best of Back to Basics: Successful Relationship Diagrams

by Boisvert, Lisa

Revealing the relationships among all the elements of a problem allows a quality improvement team to focus on the one or two elements most strongly driving the problem--the root causes. This makes sense, yet it's not a very popular concept....


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Best of Back to Basics: The Benefits of PDCA

by Johnson, Corinne N.

Use this cycle for continual process improvement

The PDCA cycle is also known by two other names, the Shewhart cycle and the Deming cycle. Walter A. Shewhart first discussed the concept of PDCA in his 1939 book, Statistical Method From the Viewpoint of Quality Control....


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Best of Back to Basics: Creative Combination

by Force, Scott

I have been facilitating lean Six Sigma projects and coaching other belts through their projects since 2002. Combining tools is a technique I use with teams when potential root cause analysis through a fishbone diagram does not show any obvious direction....


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Best of Back to Basics: Return on Investment

by Westcott, Russ

Return on investment (ROI) is a powerful tool to add to your repertoire of skills. It will help you sell quality improvement initiatives and enable you to demonstrate the benefits from such improvements....


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Best of Back to Basics: The Art of Root Cause Analysis

by A, Vidyasagar

Root cause analysis reminds me of the intriguing mind of a child: Both use common questions that start with “what,” “how” or “why” in an attempt to understand something and uncover answers....


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Best of Back to Basics: Why Ask Why?

by Chadha, Rajeev

Identifying latent causes early can prevent other organizational issues. Although intensive investigation and what may seem like a tedious amount of evidence collection may be required, these steps are imperative to proceed with corrective action....


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Best of Back to Basics: Get to the Root of It

by Rucker, David M.

We’ve all been there before—an elusive field failure sparks customer complaints and warranty claims and threatens to curtail future orders. Ambiguous, conflicting field reports of failure modes and products affected pour in....


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Best of Back to Basics: Checks and Balances

by Bautista Smith, Janet

A technique to sync organizational vision and strategies using the auditing beyond compliance approach....


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Best of Back to Basics: Calculated Risk

by Sherman, Peter J.

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


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Best of Back to Basics: Sufficient Evidence

by Suedbeck, John

A U.S. Federal Drug Administration standard on quality risk management provides guidance for applying quality risk management to supplier evaluation systems....


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Best of Back to Basics: Clearing SPC Hurdles

by Laman, Scott

Statistical process control (SPC) has provided significant cost savings for companies that are fortunate enough to implement it fully. However, implementation challenges can overcome the best of intentions....


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Best of Back to Basics: Supplier Selection and Maintenance

by Arter, Dennis R.

The extent you go to depends on the associated cost, production and risk

In this case, identify those quality system requirements critical to success, put them on a page and include the page as part of the PO package. To control the goods and services companies buy, they must thoroughly define their requirements for the item...


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Best of Back to Basics: Building a Quality Team

by Logan, Terry

A series of simple yet effective actions can help you, the quality leader, direct change and build momentum by tying company objectives to operating profit....


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Best of Back to Basics: Plan Experiments to Prevent Problems

by Laman, Scott A.

An experimenter's ability to minimize mistakes often comes with experience. Unfortunately, this experience often results from past problems, surprises or confusion....


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Best of Back to Basics: Substantiation Test

by Mitchell, Joseph Paul

Hypothesis testing is one of many Six Sigma tools used for process improvement. Recently, it was part of a manufacturer's define, measure, analyze, improve and control investigation concerning a suspected variance of mechanical properties in steel tubing....


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Best of Back to Basics: Training Day

by Moser, Cliff

Effectively training project staff and capturing and diffusing the training is difficult within any industry. At the company I work for, Cadforce Inc., we used a forgotten program from World War II America to help train construction field staff....


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Best of Back to Basics: Know the Drill

by Sharma, Mohit

A tool to dig down to critical-to-quality factors....


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Best of Back to Basics: Understanding Variation

by Port, Jonathan D.

Organizations with quality management systems compliant to ISO 9001:2008 are required to take action to eliminate the causes of nonconformities. If determination of variability type is absent from problem-solving methods, it leads to ineffective actions....


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Best of Back to Basics: Separate the Vital Few from the Trivial Many

by Hartman, Melissa G.

A Pareto diagram can help you decide which improvement efforts to make first

O R G QP Pareto Diagram by Number of Complaints FIGURE 1 45 40 35 30 25 20 15 10 5 0 1.00 0.80 0.60 0.40 0.20 0.00 Category of complaint Number of complaints Cumulative percentage Not stocked Dirty Needs maintenance Not ready Too noisy Too few beds No sp...


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Best of Back to Basics: Tell Me About It

by Radziwill, Nicole M.

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


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Best of Back to Basics: Solve Problems With Open Communication

by Duffy, Grace L.; Bauer, John; Moran, John W.

A force field analysis helps employees meet organizational goals

A force field analysis is a tool that can help employees resolve issues to meet the goals of their organizations. It helps identify forces currently supporting or working against the solution of an issue, so positives can be...


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Best of Back to Basics: It's Fun To Work With an F-M-E-A

by Johnson, Kristen

10 steps for an effective FMEA: Review the process. Brainstorm potential failure modes. List potential effects of each failure mode. Assign a severity rating for each effect. Assign an occurrence rating for each failure mode. Assign a detection rating...


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Best of Back to Basics: Sample Wise

by Niles, Kim

Selecting the correct sample size is often the most difficult aspect of any project. Rules of thumb are important because they promote discussion that facilitates the selection of a more optimum sample size....


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Best of Back to Basics: 1+1 = Zero Defects

by Hermenitt, Chris

Control plans, in conjunction with process failure mode and effects analysis, can be used to prevent problems and save organizations money by identifying prevention controls and ensuring their successful implementation....


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Best of Back to Basics: Putting It All on the Table

by Goffnett, Sean

Stakeholder analysis and communication are critical to project success. It’s essential that the right communication reach the right people at the right time....


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Perspectives: Beyond the Carrot and Stick

by Kaushik, Sunil

I have been a part of many quality projects and worked with several cross-cultural teams. If I were asked about which was the best work environment, I wouldn’t hesitate to reply, the “results-only work environment (ROWE).”...


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Standards Outlook: Putting Things In Context

by Reid, R. Dan

ISO 9001:2015 enhances the role quality management systems play in the success of an organization and its business processes. Evidence of this is in a new requirement in subclause 4.1: “Understanding the organization and its context.”...


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Back to Basics: Contrasting Priorities

by Force, Scott

Because quality professionals can’t address every customer complaint, eliminate all process defects or implement every solution a team develops, prioritization is vital....


3.4 per Million: High Vantage Point

by Breyfogle, Forrest W. III

Organizations can encounter catastrophic events or major issues in which their products or processes result in major financial problems, damage and destruction, serious injury and illness, and even death....


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Career Corner: Hard Facts on Soft Skills

by Harkins, Ray

Opportunities for career advancement may be determined by your communication skills, ability to take part in teamwork and willingness to learn....


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One Good Idea: Personnel Frustrations

by Broomfield, Glen

The low-staffing pains you’re feeling are likely a product of your organization having a personnel-dependent system rather than a process-based management system....


Brewing Up Quality

by Ferryanto, Liem;

Converting VOC into critical-to-quality characteristics for more desirable products....


Changing Tides

by Marra, Ted; Bendell, Tony;

To stay relevant, quality must adapt to a changing business environment....


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Salary Survey 2015: A Winning Hand?

by Hansen, Max Christian;

This year's QP Salary Survey results are in, and salaries are up. For the largest group of respondents—full-time employees in the United States—the average salary experienced its largest increase since 2007 (Table 1)....


Expert Answers: December 2015

by Vora, Manu K.; Barnett, Andy

Selling quality ... Calibration in confined spaces...


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ASQ's Recruitment Guide

by QP Staff

Do you deserve a promotion but find yourself coming up against dead ends in your current organization? Use the resources below to find the career opportunity that best fits your skills, goals and aspirations. No matter what resources you are looking fo...


Salary Survey 2015: Part 1, Section 18: Salary by Exemplar Global Certification

by Hansen, Max Christian

Most popular Exemplar Global certifications in U. S. and Canada / TABLE 1 CertificationHolders in U. S. Holders in Canada Internal auditor 377 46 QMS lead auditor 324 41 QMS auditor 141 29 AS9100 auditor 122 7 IPC QMS lead auditor 64 10 Environmental sys...


Salary Survey 2015: Part 1, Section 12: Salary by Industry

by Hansen, Max Christian

Other products 10.4 87,057 8.4 87,597 Paper and related products 1 84,455 1.5 64,150 Primary metals 1 83,530 0.3 120,000 Rubber and plastic products 3.3 76,060 4.3 83,120 Toys, sporting goods, pens, jewelry and miscellaneous products 0.3 96,886 0.3 73,00...


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Salary Survey 2015: Introduction. Reading This Report

by Hansen, Max Christian

Since last year’s QP Salary Survey, the global economy has seen some improvement. Perhaps that jolted quality professionals’ interest in the job market, giving them more reason to fill out the annual questionnaire....


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Quality in the First Person: Mind the Gap

by Sherman J., Peter; Luton W., Scott

Two Six Sigma practitioners taught high school students lean Six Sigma methods. It gave them the ability to define a problem, measure it, map the process, perform root cause analysis and create solutions....


Salary Survey 2015: Part 1, Section 1: Salary by Job Title

by Hansen, Max Christian

QP 27 Salary by job title for U. S. respondents / FIGURE 1 0 $ 30,000 $ 60,000 $ 90,000 $ 120,000 $ 150,000 Average salary Job title ( percentage of respondents) 47,649 48,015 54,584 61,266 64,971 73,915 76,019 78,572 80,377 81,282 83,302 85,360 90,727 9...


Salary Survey 2015: Part 1, Section 2: Salary by U.S. Regions and Canadian Provinces

by Hansen, Max Christian

QP 33 QP SALARY SURVEY 2 0 1 5 Percentage of respondents and cost of living by state and territory / FIGURE 3 Alaska 0.1% 137 Washington 1.7% 104.1 Oregon 1.1% 128.5 California 9.3% 138.2 Nevada 0.3% 105.4 Idaho 0.3% 88.2 Montana 0% 102.1 Wyoming 0.1% 92...


Salary Survey 2015: Part 1, Section 3: Salary by Number of Years of Experience in Quality Field

by Hansen, Max Christian

Part 1. Regular Employee Results Section 3. Salary by Number of Years of Experience in the Quality Field Experience Pays 31.8 31.9 32.9 29.5 29.6 31.4 34.2 34.2 38.6 36.6 32.9 36.4 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% 2015 2013 2011 2009 More than 20 years 10.1 to 20...


Salary Survey 2015: Part 1, Section 6: Salary by Number of Work Hours

by Hansen, Max Christian

Average number of hours per week for U. S. respondents / FIGURE 1 0 $ 20,000 $ 60,000 $ 100,000 $ 140,000 More than 60 hours ( 1.8%) 56- 60 hours ( 4.2%) 51- 55 hours ( 8.4%) 46- 50 hours ( 25.3%) 41- 45 hours ( 43%) 36- 40 hours ( 16.2%) 35 or fewer hou...


Salary Survey 2015: Part 1, Section 7: Salary by Nonexempt vs. Exempt Status

by Hansen, Max Christian

Figure 2 includes results for: x Full- time employees, Part- time employees, x U. S. employees, x Canadian employees, International employees Exempt vs. nonexempt status by job title / FIGURE 2 0 100 0 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Percentage of respondents Exemp...


Salary Survey 2015: Part 1, Section 9: Salary by by Number of of Years in Current Position and in the Quality Field

by Hansen, Max Christian

Cross- tabulation of the number of years in current position and in the quality field / TABLE 1 Years in quality field In a position less than 1 year In a position 1- 3 years In a position 3.1- 6 years In a position 6.1- 10 years In a position 10.1- 20 y...


Salary Survey 2015: Part 1, Section 5: Salary by Six Sigma Training

by Hansen, Max Christian

Salary by highest level of Six Sigma training for U. S. respondents / FIGURE 1 Executive ( 0.4%) Champion ( 0.8%) Master Black Belt ( 4.1%) Black Belt ( 17.1%) Green Belt ( 21.4%) Yellow Belt ( 5.0%) None ( 51.2%) 0 $ 20,000 $ 40,000 $ 60,000 $ 80,000 $ ...


Salary Survey 2015: Part 1, Section 8: Salary by Number of Years in Current Position

by Hansen, Max Christian

Salary by time in current position for U. S. respondents / FIGURE 1 0 $ 20,000 $ 40,000 $ 60,000 $ 80,000 $ 100,000 $ 120,000 More than 20 years ( 6.3%) 10.1- 20 years ( 13.3%) 6.1- 10 years ( 14.5%) 3.1- 6 years ( 19.2%) 1- 3 years ( 26.1%) Less than 1 ...


Salary Survey 2015: Part 1, Section 4: Salary by ASQ and Exemplar Global Certification

by Hansen, Max Christian

Percentage of respondents holding ASQ certifications / TABLE 1 2009 2011 2013 2015 Certified quality auditor 24.9% 24.1% 23.9% 23.9% Certified quality engineer 22.6 22.8 22 20.7 Certified manager of quality/ organizational excellence 12.8 13.7 12.7 12.8 ...


Salary Survey 2015: Part 1, Section 10: Salary by Number of Employees Overseen

by Hansen, Max Christian

08 Levels QP SALARY SURVEY 2 0 1 5 Historical look at the changes in the number of employees overseen / FIGURE 1 0 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% 2014 2015 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 Percentage of respondents In the past two years, the numbe...


Salary Survey 2015: Part 1, Section 11: Salary by Division Size, Organization Size and Headquarters Location

by Hansen, Max Christian

Salary by organization size for U. S. respondents / FIGURE 1 More than 50,000 ( 15.1%) 10,001 to 50,000 ( 18.4%) 5,001 to 10,000 ( 11.1%) 1,001 to 5,000 ( 16.8%) 501 to 1,000 ( 7.5%) 101 to 500 ( 17%) 11 to 100 ( 12.2%) 10 or fewer ( 2%) $ 0 $ 20,000 $ 4...


Salary Survey 2015: Part 1, Section 13: Salary by Geographic Location—United States and Canada

by Hansen, Max Christian

States and territories ranked by average salary / TABLE 1 District of Columbia $ 129,178 New York $ 95,742 Montana $ 87,567 Oregon $ 80,763 Alaska 107,000 Illinois 94,924 Pennsylvania 87,560 Mississippi 79,928 New Jersey 104,894 New Mexico 93,484 Florida...


Salary Survey 2015: Part 1, Section 14: Salary by Organization’s Quality Infrastructure

by Hansen, Max Christian

Historical look at quality department size / FIGURE 1 39.5 37.3 38.4 40.1 35.7 24.2 38.4 43 42.2 43.5 41.9 41.6 42.2 41.5 17.4 20.5 18.1 18 22.7 33.6 20.2 0 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% 2013 2014 38.8 43.6 17.6 2015 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 P...


Salary Survey 2015: Part 1, Section 15: Salary by Extent of Quality Responsibilities

by Hansen, Max Christian

Salary by extent of quality duties for U. S. respondents / FIGURE 1 0 $ 20,000 $ 40,000 $ 60,000 $ 80,000 $ 100,000 0% of duties are quality related ( 0.9%) 0.1 to 25% ( 6.9%) 25.1 to 50% ( 9.3%) 50.1 to 75% ( 15.6%) 75.1 to 100% ( 67.3%) Average salary ...


Salary Survey 2015: Part 1, Section 16: Salary by Highest Level of Education

by Hansen, Max Christian

Salary by highest level of education for U. S. respondents / FIGURE 1 0 $ 20,000 $ 40,000 $ 60,000 $ 80,000 $ 100,000 $ 120,000 $ 140,000 Doctorate ( 3.1%) Master's degree ( 31.8%) Bachelor's degree ( 44%) Associate degree ( 8.3%) Vocational/ technical d...


Salary Survey 2015: Part 1, Section 17: Salary by Highest Level of Education and Years of Experience in Quality

by Hansen, Max Christian

Salary by level of education and years in the quality field for U. S. respondents / FIGURE 1 $ 20,000 0 $ 40,000 $ 60,000 $ 80,000 $ 100,000 $ 120,000 $ 140,000 $ 160,000 10 or fewer years 10.1 to 20 years More than 20 years Average salary Years of exper...


Salary Survey 2015: Part 1, Section 19: Salary by Gender and Age

by Hansen, Max Christian

Salary by age and gender for U. S. respondents / FIGURE 1 0 $ 20,000 $ 40,000 $ 60,000 $ 80,000 $ 100,000 $ 120,000 25 or younger 26 to 35 36 to 45 46 to 55 56 to 65 66 and older Average salary Age Female Male 55,653 67,535 82,865 90,622 96,078 84,642 51...


Salary Survey 2015: Part 2, Section 23: Base Earnings by Education and Training

by Hansen, Max Christian

1 60,000 60,000 Bachelor.s degree 32,000 959,000 144,811 47 162,097 128,580 Master.s degree 48,000 500,000 97,361 54 162,583 137,500 Doctorate 68,887 150,000 35,544 4 104,972 100,500 No response 25,000 160,000 76,540 3 71,667 30,000 Highest level of Six ...


Salary Survey 2015: Part 2, Section 22: Base Earnings by Years of Experience

by Hansen, Max Christian

Base earnings by consulting experience for U. S. self- employed consultants / FIGURE 1 0 $ 40,000 $ 80,000 $ 120,000 $ 160,000 $ 200,000 More than 20 years 10.1- 20 years 6.1- 10 years 3.1- 6 years 1- 3 years Less than 1 year Number of years as a self- e...


Salary Survey 2015: Part 2, Section 21: Consultants Overview

by Hansen, Max Christian

Self- employed consultants who also work as employees: historical comparison / FIGURE 1 27.5 38.9 78.6 72.4 73.4 79.1 78.5 72.5 61.1 21.4 27.6 26.6 20.9 21.5 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Percentage of res...


Salary Survey 2015: Part 1, Section 20: Size of Raise and Additional Annual Payments

by Hansen, Max Christian

Historical look at expected size of raise / TABLE 1 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 Expect a pay cut 0.1% 0.1% 0.3% 1.9% 0.6% 0.5% 0.4% 0.6% 0.3% 0.4% Do not expect a raise 8.9 7.6 11.2 38 21.4 18.2 18.3 16.2 14.1 15.4 0.1% to 2% increa...


Salary Survey 2015: Part 2, Section 24: Base Earnings and Rates by Age, Gender and Geographical Location

by Hansen, Max Christian

Part 2. Self- Employed Consultant Results Section 24. Earnings and Rates by Age, Gender and Geographic Location Consultant Demographics Consultant earnings and rates by age and gender / TABLE 1 Average base earnings Average rates Percentage Full time Par...


Salary Survey 2015: Part 3, Section 25: Introduction to International Results

by Hansen, Max Christian

Salary by Six Sigma training / FIGURE 1 $ 0 $ 10,000 $ 20,000 $ 30,000 $ 40,000 $ 50,000 $ 60,000 $ 70,000 $ 80,000 $ 90,000 $ 100,000 China India Mexico Rest of world Hasn't completed any Six Sigma training Has completed one or more Six Sigma training p...


Salary Survey 2015: Part 3, Section 26: China Results

by Hansen, Max Christian

Exemplar Global certifications held by two or more respondents in China / TABLE 5 Number of respondents Internal auditor 20 Quality management systems ( QMS) auditor 6 QMS lead auditor 5 AS9100 auditor 2 Table 5 includes results for: x Full- time employe...


Salary Survey 2015: Part 3, Section 27: India Results

by Hansen, Max Christian

Employment status of respondents in India / TABLE 1 Count Percentage Total income, last year Regular, full- time employee 85 90.4% $ 46,237 Regular, part- time employee 1 1.1 11,322 Self- employed consultant 7 7.4 17,657 Unemployed or retired within the ...



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