September  2002

Vol. 4, No. 9

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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Lost in space: Where did that database go?
It's possible to work on software that interfaces with a database such as Access, Oracle, or others, without really knowing where that database is located, but this isn't such a good idea. Here's how to find out where databases are located (local or network) and some tips on keeping them backed up. lostinspace.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 William Andersen (Eaton); Greg Green (Freudenberg Nonwovens); Janice Hull (Knauf Fiberglass); Janet Wagenaar (Mayo Clinic); and Raclaire Wells (Olin Chemicals). Congratulations! For September's quiz question, and a chance to win a copy of this fun, interactive teaching tool, go to Quality_Quiz.htm

Data in everyday life: How many who start school this fall will eventually earn degrees?
Young people who are starting school this month may be wondering how many years of education lie ahead of them. This chart shows the percentage of 25-29 year olds who complete degree programs. Go to  chartsyoucanuse.htm

Six Sigma and more: David Schwinn reflects on IBM's early experience with Six Sigma
David looks at Big Blues: The Unmaking of IBM, by Paul Carroll, and comments on Akers' approach to Six Sigma at the big technology firm. There are lessons here.  Go to sixsigmaandmore.htm

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