September 2003

Vol. 5, 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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Are you surfing in black & white? Black and white television was great when it first appeared, but is now seriously behind the times. Your outdated web browser may be, as well. Learn how updating can improve your web life: browserinfo.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 Diane Evans (Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology); Jeff Johnston (Mercedes Benz); Gary Smith, Jr. (Carbone of America); Deborah Sorrels (Baptist Hospital East); and Eloise Thorson (Central Lakes College). 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: Teacher salaries
At this time of year, children go back to school, and their teachers go back to work after 2-month breaks from the 
classroom. Do you know the salary of your child's teacher, or how it compares to that of other professionals? This DATAjogger chart, using data from the US Census Bureau and the AFT, shows how teachers are faring. Go to chartsyoucanuse.htm 

Six Sigma and More: David Schwinn thinks about setting goals, arbitrary and otherwise
Improving systems involves understanding processes and evaluating them, not simply setting artificial performance goals that pit one group against another. David Schwinn sees Six Sigma in the context of process improvement. Go
to sixsigmaandmore.htm

Bytes and pieces: Information you can use:

FYI: Current software releases: Do you have the most current release?

  • SQCpack 4.6.74

  • CHARTrunner 1.6.71

  • GAGEpack 5.5.7

  • DOEpack 3.0.20

  • PORTspy 4.6.8

  • MEASUREspy 4.6.8

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