December 2001

Vol. 3, No. 12

Here's this month's issue of Quality eLine, a newsletter from PQ Systems, Inc. that provides industry news, case studies, quality tips, and information about software products and training services.

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In this issue you will find:

How many ways can you skin a cat? Don't worry, animal lovers: this "cat" is data.
Simple data can be squeezed to give far more information than what is apparent in a boring table of numbers or a spreadsheet with a month's data. See how to use queries to get the most out of your charts. To get the rest of the story go to morethanonewaytoskinthecat.htm

Quality Quiz:
Another quiz from Professor Cleary--and last month's winners!

Winners of last month's quiz (and a copy of Quality Gamebox) are Charlie Accetta (Tower Fasteners Company, Inc.); Christine Andexler (Delta Systems, Inc.); Bob Belden (Omni Plastics); Linda Coates (Presto Products Co.); and Bryon Overholser (Meridian Automotive Systems). Quality_Quiz.htm.

Data in every day life: What are the most frequent gift purchases during this time of year? This CHARTrunner chart reflects the data about sales of gift items.
More shoppers are shopping from home rather than trudging to the malls. But what are they buying online? Music? Books? DVDs? We have compiled two charts showing what people are purchasing online. One chart shows small ticket items while the other chart shows big ticket items. See the link chartsyoucanuse.htm.


Six Sigma and more: David Schwinn talks to the boss
After discussing Six Sigma implementation with managers, David gives some advice to top managers about ways to begin Six Sigma. To read his perspectives on this important topic, go to sixsigmaandmore.htm.

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