QUALITY ENGINEERING

Estimating the Change Point of Correlated Poisson Count Processes

An article in the April 2014 Quality Engineering proposes an approach to detect the change in the parameters of correlated Poisson count processes as well as to estimate their change points.



No army can withstand the strength of an idea whose time has come.
Victor Hugo
ASQ AUDIT DIVISION

A Brief History of Auditing

The May 2014 issue of The Audit Report, an Audit Division member-benefit publication, features part one in a series of articles by ASQ Fellow Dennis Arter on the history of auditing.

Emphasizing the value that audits add for organizations and society, Arter explores audits in the context of different eras of organization management.  

You’ve got to be willing to fail.
James Burke (Johnson & Johnson)
The process of change (like charity) begins with the individual.
Harry Forsha
CASE STUDY

Clean Approach Saves Pharmaceutical Manufacturer Time, Money

A Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals Lean Six Sigma project team used quality tools to create a new equipment cleaning procedure, reducing cleaning time and resulting in significant annual cost savings.




Quality is the degree of excellence at an acceptable price and the control of variability at an acceptable cost.
Robert A. Broh
BOOK OF THE WEEK

The Process Improvement Handbook

by Tristan Boutros and Tim Purdie

This book reveals how to design effective process improvement structures, organizations, and cultures to achieve faster responses, better service, and increased agility.

When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.
quoted by Wayne Dyer
The only way to get people to adopt constant improvement as a way of life in doing daily business is by empowering them.
Byham and Cox
JOURNAL OF QUALITY TECHNOLOGY

Design and Evaluation of Accelerated Life Testing Plans with Dual Objectives

In the April 2014 Journal of Quality Technology, Rong Pan and Tao Yang discuss accelerated life testing (ALT), identifying an optimal test plan that minimizes the average prediction variance over the entire use condition region and introducing a dual-objective optimization process to provide an efficient ALT plan.  

To desire to have things done quickly prevents their being done thoroughly.
Confucius
In considering quality, it is often necessary to turn your thinking upside down and to realize that quality and profit are not mutually exclusive.
Shigeru Mizuno
SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Pathways to Social Responsibility: 2014 Edition

The 2014 issue of Pathways to Social Responsibility focuses on social responsibility (SR) integration and includes organizational profiles, a sneak peak at ASQ’s SR Integration Guide, an update on the SR Body of Knowledge Project, and more.

Also visit TheSRO, The Socially Responsible Organization, for a library of content and opportunities to interact through online events and message boards.

The ability to learn faster than your competitors may be the only sustainable competitive advantage.
Arie De Geus (Royal Dutch/Shell)