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Finding Your Niche in ASQ’s Living Communities

In the May issue of News for a Change, ASQ’s new Living Community Model was introduced, which offers a variety of new and enhanced member types and benefits suited to all interested in the practice and/or profession of quality.

As an AQP member, you have complete flexibility to choose the combination of membership options that you find most attractive and beneficial. For example, the Teamwork and Participation Forum will include an electronic version of News for a Change. Also included in this membership option is access to information specific to the Forum from the ASQ and AQP bodies of knowledge. Additionally, discussion boards, member search, access to ASQ’s salary survey, and ASQ general public content is available to Teamwork and Participation Forum members.

ASQ will also offer other forums and divisions that may interest you. These are communities of practice specific to an industry or application led by professionals in the field. Forums/divisions are sources of concentrated information that will help you in your job. They can provide you with informative tools related to your field of interest and connect you with others in the field through collaborative and networking events. Here is a brief description of each forum and division.

Applications-Oriented Forums and Divisions

Lean Enterprise Forum: Members focus on providing information regarding world-class manufacturing and enterprises. This forum’s areas of interest include cost and waste reduction, increased product quality, continuous improvement, and the use of cutting-edge concepts to compete in the global marketplace.

Community Quality Councils Forum: Members include quality professionals who want to improve the quality of life in global communities and local regions by promoting quality principles as researched, developed, and practiced by ASQ and other community quality councils (CQCs).

Customer-Supplier Division: Members are involved in all aspects of the customer-supplier relationship, from initial design and development engineering to manufacturing to the end product.

Human Development and Leadership Division: Members include anyone involved in leading personnel or developing human capability, whether it is at work, in volunteer organizations, or in their communities. The division’s mission and vision is to provide members with the skills, knowledge, tools, and information needed to excel as quality individuals, regardless of organizational position or area of expertise.

Inspection Division: Members include management and technical personnel responsible for establishing, developing, and performing quality control, quality assurance, auditing, and inspection and test methodology and practices.

Measurement Quality Division: Members include quality and instrument specialists who develop, apply, and maintain the calibration of measuring equipment and systems, and quality engineers and educators concerned with measurement process capability.

Product Safety and Liability Prevention Forum: Members include quality, legal, safety, insurance, and consulting professionals responsible for product safety and liability in insurance and services.

Quality Audit Division: Members are individuals responsible for auditing the quality elements of management systems and manufacturing and service processes.

Quality Management Division: Members represent all levels of management including executives, managers, supervisors, team and project leaders, and quality professionals aspiring to those positions. They also include educators, facilitators, engineers, consultants, authors, and other quality professionals.

Reliability Division: Members include quality and reliability engineers and educators concerned with reliability and maintainability in industry and government.

Six Sigma Forum: Members are quality professionals, from the novice to the experienced, interested in the practice of Six Sigma. A global, multifaceted, Web-based membership, its mission is to help Six Sigma professionals share knowledge and solutions through in-depth articles, case studies, networking, discussion boards, and a monthly e-newsletter.

Industry-Oriented Forums and Divisions

Automotive Division: Members include professionals from almost every discipline represented in the vehicle manufacturing and supplier business of the North American automotive industry; heavy truck; off-highway; and agricultural, industrial, and construction equipment industries.

Aviation, Space, and Defense Division: Members are in the manufacturing, service, and government sectors of the commercial aviation, defense, and space industries, as well as the DOD, FAA, and NASA; contractors; and subcontractors.

Biomedical Division: Members include medical device manufacturers and users; hospital and healthcare professionals; regulatory personnel; instrumentation producers and users; government agency personnel; and contractors, consultants, and suppliers to these groups.

Chemical and Process Industries Division: Members work in industries such as chemicals, metals, paper and pulp, glass and ceramics, plastics, rubber, and petroleum. Recognizing that special issues exist for each industry, the division encourages the formation of technical interest groups to serve members in specific industries.

Design and Construction Division: Members seek to improve the quality of service in the architectural/engineering and construction (A/E&C) community.

Education Division: Members are educators and administrators from the public and private sectors, business professionals, and others who want to explore and promote the use of quality principles in all aspects and levels of education; includes those in ASQ’s Koalaty Kid community.

Electronics and Communications Division: Members include quality, reliability, telecommunications, and communications practitioners; all levels and types of electrical, electronic products, and major service providers and their suppliers in telecommunications (TL 9000) and communications products and services. All grades of products and services are covered, from commercial to the highest levels in industry.

Energy and Environmental Division: Members are quality professionals in the fields of energy and environment, including technology and construction, power production, resource extraction and processing, environmental operations, decontamination and decommissioning, waste minimization and pollution prevention, sampling and analysis, and research and development.

Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Division: Members include quality control and assurance, regulatory and compliance, scientific, engineering, manufacturing, marketing, and sales professionals from companies and service organizations concerned with food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and related products.

Government Division: Members include individuals in state, local, and federal government committed to the application of total quality management principles and concepts within the operation of public sector agencies.

Healthcare Division: Members are providers of healthcare and services, supporters of those providers, and others interested in the healthcare field.

Service Quality Division: Members are typically involved with the implementation and integration of quality principles and systems in organizations having a service as the primary product. Other members facilitate improvement of service-oriented processes within manufacturing companies.

Software Division: Members include software quality professionals, software engineers, and others interested in applying quality principles to the field of software development.

Statistics Division: Members include quality managers, engineers, statisticians, and educators who apply, research, develop, and promote statistical methods for quality and productivity improvement.

Textile and Needle Trades Division: Members include fiber and trim producers and users; fabric mill producers and converters; apparel and sewn products manufacturers; footwear and luggage manufacturers; garment merchandisers and retailers; educators in textile and apparel technology; and quality control managers, engineers, and inspectors.

Membership Options Beginning July 1, 2004

Forum-Only Member
A base membership in a forum/division will be available for $29 per year. Forum/Division membership is designed for individuals who have an interest in quality focused within a specific industry or topic (e.g., the Teamwork and Participation Forum). As with the Associate member category, benefits are primarily delivered through electronic means, although some face-to-face interaction and networking opportunities may be available. Benefits offered within ASQ’s forums/divisions include newsletters, industry/topic-specific content, Web sites, discussion boards, member search, etc. This base set of benefits will be expanded. (Members may elect to receive The Journal for Quality and Participation for the annual member rate of $45.)

Associate Member
This base membership will be available for $69 per year. A purely electronic option, it provides broad exposure to quality disciplines or topics. Associate members receive an electronic section membership for networking with individuals globally. Forums/divisions, including the Teamwork and Participation Forum, may be added to the base membership for an additional $10 each.

Regular Member
The Regular membership category is designed for quality professionals and practitioners and is available for $119 per year. It enhances the tradition of ASQ membership with more flexibility and value. Regular members seek a breadth and depth of information; networking, training, and education; and personal and professional development options delivered in a variety of formats and frequencies. This category will feature a geographical section affiliation as well as one forum/division affiliation. Additional forums/divisions may be added for $10 each. Regular members may serve as volunteers at any level of the Society and will be able to upgrade their membership to Senior and Fellow status.

For complete information about ASQ’s Living Community Model go to . Questions can be directed to .

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