Vol. 8, No. 6

June 2006

PQ Systems

In-depth on dashboards

Quality Quiz: With a video!

Six Sigma

Data in everyday life

Bytes and pieces

FYI: Current releases


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Welcome to Quality eLine, a monthly newsletter from PQ Systems, Inc., developers of software products and training services that help organizations improve their processes and products and achieve compliance to standards. This newsletter gives you industry news, case studies, and information about product enhancements and tips to enhance your software use.

In-depth on dashboards:
Keep your eyes on the dials to monitor processes with dashboard feature

Looking at yesterday's charts may be interesting, but knowing what a variety of processes are doing in real time can more effectively facilitate process monitoring and reduce waste. Like the airline pilot, quality professionals are finding that a 'dashboard' format helps them do this.
Read More

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

Winners of last month's quiz and a copy of Quality Gamebox were James Beagle (Sun Microsystems); Ajay Bengali (Raytheon); Debbie Coenen (Alcoa Mfg. Ltd).; Jean Crep (Fairview Range Regional Health Organization) and Allen Dembski (Orbis Corporation). Congratulations! For this month's quiz, and a chance to win a copy of the popular Quality Gamebox program, go to Quality Quiz.

Six Sigma and more:
A new generation, creating something new

David Schwinn distinguishes between "entrepreneurial" and "interpreneurial" and suggests a way to find meaning in innovation.
Read more

Data in everyday life:
Wedding bells: June the highest number?

This chart shows data for weddings by month. You may be surprised. See chart

(Source: http://www.theweddingreport.com/us.html#wmo)

Bytes and Pieces:
Hospital ID, next year's ASQ conference, and healthcare improvement

Reduction of errors in the hopital starts with accurate patient identification. A new system using matrix bar codes and mobile imaging readers solves challenges.
Read article

With the 2006 conference just over, ASQ is accepting proposals for its 2007 World Conference on Quality and Improvement in Orlando next spring.
Read more

A white paper related to closing the gap between best practice and common practice by rapidly spreading innovation in healthcare systems is available from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement:
Read paper

Current versions of software:

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, GAGEpack, and CHARTrunner). To review current maintenance downloads and version numbers for all PQ Systems software, go to: http://www.pqsystems.com/support/SoftwareUpdates.php


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