Quality eLine Newsletter
February 2004
Vol. 6, No. 2

Finding signals in the haystack of data: Quality Analytics does the sifting
More data is flowing into databases each day. Business data, process data, and various quality related measures create ever larger data sets. Finding a quality improvement signal in this noise can be difficult and time consuming. Charting packages such as CHARTrunner have made it easy to chart hundreds or even thousands of measures, but finding the resources to review these charts and make good decisions about them can be challenging. To make it easier, see this article by software development manager Steve Daum. http://www.pqsystems.com/eline/2004/02/quality.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 Mark Burdis (SAGE Electrochromics Inc.); Steven Gazzola (GFI Control Systems); Kristin Kennedy (Teledyne Corp.); Pat Nechodom (University of Utah Hospital); and Reece Ward (Gemtron-Holland). Congratulations! For February’s quiz question, and a chance to win a copy of this fun, interactive teaching tool, go to

Data in everyday life: Pay for Presidents, from Washington to Bush

Pay for the country’s top office is set by Congress. These six bills, passed into law, have established and adjusted salaries of presidents over the past two centuries. Go to http://www.pqsystems.com/eline/2004/02/chartsyoucanuse.htm to see this DATAjogger chart, with data provided by Workforce Information and Planning Group, United States Office of Personnel Management.

Six Sigma and More: David Schwinn reflects on Martin Luther King, Jr. and his inspiration to leadership
As we reflect on the meaning of our celebration of King’s life, David points to King’s model of freedom, vision and courage. Go to http://www.pqsystems.com/eline/2004/02/sixsigmaandmore.htm

Bytes and pieces: Information you can use:
  • Faster reports: A maintenance release of SQCpack 4.6.89 dramatically reduces the time it takes to create and execute reports. This release is free to all SQCpack customers with current maintenance plans. For more about this latest release, or to download it, go to http://www.sqcpack.com/maintenance46.htm

  • European Quality Award winners announced: Organizations representing Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom have received Europe’s top prize in organizational excellence: the 2003 European Quality Award. Each year, recognition is given to businesses that display exceptional levels of excellence in eight criteria. To learn more: http://www.qualitydigest.com/currentmag/news.shtml#2

FYI: Current software releases: Do you have the most current release? To determine the most recent version of PQ Systems’ primary software products, check Help/PQ on the web/check for updates on your program (for SQCpack 2000, GAGEpack 2000, and CHARTrunner). To review current maintenance downloads and version numbers for all PQ Systems software, go to http://www.pqsystems.com/support/Maintenance_release_downloads.htm

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