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Best of Back to Basics
50 of the most popular Back to Basics columns together in one collection
For many music lovers, a particular artist’s greatest hits album offers everything they need: The must-have No. 1 hits conveniently packaged together to be played on repeat. No more skips. No digging through stacks of dusty CDs and LPs.
When you think about it, a greatest hits compilation really is the perfect way to rediscover favorite old songs and relive the best ones once again. That’s how we saw this special edition of QP playing out: 50 of the most popular Back to Basics columns assembled in one spot for all experience levels—new to the profession or seasoned veterans—to discover for the first time or pick up on something they might have missed.
Since debuting in April 2001, QP’s regular back-page resident has become one of the magazine’s most popular columns. Covering a wide range of topics, Back to Basics summarizes quality concepts and tools in a simple and succinct way—usually in about 600 words or so.
So it sounded like a good idea to take what’s resonated with readers (we tracked the number of times the columns are accessed at www.qualityprogress.com) and assemble a greatest QP hits collection: a special edition—one we hope you’ll keep around for years to come.
You’ll see this particular collection of Back to Basics columns covers a variety of topics—auditing, measurement, process improvement and quality tools, just to name a few—organized by general topic areas and seen as they first appeared in print. Note the column’s original publication date inside the record on each page’s upper-right corner.
You’ll be sure to recognize many of the artists on the album (er, authors in this issue)—regular QP columnists, and other subject matter experts and thought leaders in the quality community who have become solid contributors to ASQ’s body of knowledge.
We hope this collection hits the mark with you and becomes a must-have guide to quality tools and concepts that you can easily reference and share with others. Be sure to tune in to future installments of Back to Basics in upcoming issues. We’re confident the hits will keep coming.
by Mark Edmund, associate editor