ASQ - Team and Workplace Excellence Forum

Online Edition — August 2003

In This Issue

Changing Attitudes and Accelerating Change
Coaching and Performance Reviews—Time for Some Changes
Leading Wholeheartedly: A Quality Approach
Negotiating for Quality
Looking Toward the Future

In A Nutshell
Proven Strategies on Service and Life

Features

AQP Connections
Articles in Brief
The Help Desk
News Bites
What’s Up?

Book Nook

August 2003 News for a Change—Home Page

NFC Index

AQP Home

What’s Up?
Interesting places to visit: on site or virtually

Conferences

ASQ’s 3rd Annual Six Sigma Forum Roundtable
American Society for Quality
(/conferences/six-sigma-roundtable/)
September 11-12, 2003
New Orleans, LA

The roundtable will provide you with an intimate forum to learn and share practical experiences. Sessions are set up to promote a sharing environment—learn from presenters’ wisdom and share your own experiences.

Listen to top-level presenters in a variety of applications. Participate in networking activities and sit in on panel discussions with the people who have been where you are. Get practical, hands-on experience that will help your Six Sigma efforts succeed.

2003 Research Conference of the Product Development and Management Association
Northeastern University
(http://www.pdma.org/cfp_conf2003.html)
October 4-8, 2003
Boston, MA

The theme of the 2003 conference is “The Business of Product Development: People, Process, and Technology Across the Life Cycle.” Topics that embody this theme include:

  • Integrating dispersed teams and roles.
  • Innovative recruitment and retention strategies.
  • Motivating team members for exceptional results.
  • Early stage project planning.
  • Role and use of research in the product life cycle management process.
  • Integrating best practices within your product development process.
  • Collaboration tools and their role in collaboration.
  • The hidden costs and challenges of implementation.
  • Selecting the right technological tools for various phases of the product life cycle management process.

Design for Work: Integrating Ergonomics and Work Measurement
Society for Work Science
(http://sws.iienet.org/public/articles/SWS_02_P.pdf)
November 4-5, 2003
Marietta, GA

Ergonomics and work measurement are closely related. This year’s conference capitalizes on the synergism that results from the integration of these disciplines. Designing for work by creating complete systems that look at all the human factors is essential. Human factors are defined as the systematic application of relevant information about human capabilities, limitations, characteristics, behavior, and motivation to the design of things and procedures people use. It includes methods, training, and work measurement.

The conference addresses all of these issues and focuses on merging all into one with the intent of helping create better and more effective systems.

Web Sites

The W. Edwards Deming Institute
(http://www.deming.org/)
The W. Edwards Deming Institute® is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1993 by noted consultant Dr. W. Edwards Deming. The aim of the institute is to foster understanding of the Deming System of Profound Knowledge™ to advance commerce, prosperity, and peace.

Participation in the W. Edwards Deming Institute means sharing Dr. Deming’s vision of a better world. Members participate because they strive, with joy, to carry on the work that he began, seeking to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with his high moral and ethical standards, professional and personal integrity, and commitment to lifelong learning.

The Foundation for a Better Life
(http://www.forbetterlife.org/about/)
The foundation supports the belief that each individual is entitled to personal dignity and self-respect and that most individuals are willing, when given the opportunity, to take personal responsibility for their actions and well-being. The foundation also believes that capable people may also benefit from encouragement and reminders from time to time. Generally, people who have the opportunity and the ability will make appropriate common sense decisions which will have a positive and uplifting effect on themselves, their community, and their country.

The mission of The Foundation for a Better Life, through various media efforts, is to encourage adherence to a set of quality values through personal accountability and by raising the level of expectations of performance of all individuals regardless of religion or race. Through these efforts, the foundation works to remind individuals they are accountable and empowered with the ability to take responsibility for their lives and to promote a set of values that sees them through their failures and capitalizes on their successes. An individual who takes responsibility for his or her actions will take care of his or her family, job, community, and country.

The Foundation for a Better Life creates public service campaigns to communicate the values that make a difference in our communities—values such as honesty, caring, optimism, hard work, and helping others. These messages, communicated through television, theatres, billboards, radio, Internet, etc., model the benefits of a life lived by positive values. The foundation encourages others to step up to a higher level and then to pass on those positive values they have learned. These seemingly small examples of individuals living values-based lives may not change the world, but collectively they will make a difference and in the process help make the world a better place for everyone. After all, developing values and then passing them on to others is The Foundation for a Better Life.

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