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Under the Umbrella

Determining what should be included in the quality body of knowledge

Publication:
Quality Progress
Date:
May 2019
Issue:
Volume 52 Issue 5
Pages:
pp. 42-47
Author(s):
Lee, Gary, Short, Grant
Organization(s):
American Products LLC, Strafford, MO, Medtronic Spine and Biologics, Memphis, TN.

Abstract

ASQ developed a body of knowledge (BoK) for the overall discipline of quality and named it the quality body of knowledge (QBoK). This QBoK is a resource for any and all quality professionals to lean on, and sees regular updates and evolutions over time. However, there are debates about what exactly a quality professional is and what factors go into mastering a profession. Mastering everything in the QBoK would take an incredible amount of time for any individual, which is when certifications and specializations take over to focus a professional's expertise in one or a few areas.

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