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Gleaning wheat from chaff: What does this variation mean?

Reader survey

Quality Quiz: With a video!

Data in everyday life

Six Sigma and more

Bytes and pieces

 
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Welcome to Quality eLine, a monthly summary of blog posts from PQ Systems, developers of software solutions and training services that help customers demonstrate proof of their quality performance.

The PQ Systems blog is your hub for industry quality news, case studies, information about product enhancements, and tips to enhance your software use. Have your say and exchange ideas in this interactive format.

FEATURE STORY:
Gleaning wheat from chaff:
What does this variation mean?

Question: Can one make too much of variation in a process? The answer: It depends.
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Reader survey:
Process alerts

When you update your software, what best describes the process? Plus, see the results of last month's poll.
>> Take the poll

Quality Quiz:Professor Cleary
A classic quiz from Professor Cleary— and last month's winners!

To celebrate the life and work of Professor Cleary, we are featuring a classic quiz from our archives.

Winners of last month's quiz and a copy of Practical Tools for Continuous Improvement: Volume 1 are Terry Henson (Wabash Plastics, Evansville, IN); Michael Moon (Heizer Aerospace, Pevely, MO); and Jane Martel (Arapahoe Library District, Englewood, CO). Congratulations! For this month's quiz, and a chance to win a copy of Practical Tools for Continuous Improvement: Volume 1, submit your response by February 29.
>> Take the quiz

Data in everyday life:
Star Wars

When blockbuster films are released, their costs of production are often touted, but the more important data point might be the revenues that they generate. These SQCpack charts reflect the two figures for the successive releases of the Star Wars movies produced since 1977.
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See chart

David SchwinnSix Sigma and more:
Hiding who we are

David Schwinn addresses the ways in which employees cover up aspects of their lives in order to get ahead in the workplace, and assesses the damage that ensues from this practice.
>> Read more

Bytes and pieces:

  • Recalls: January consumer product recalls ranged from bodysuits to bikes and hoverboards. Safety is a primary concern, though product quality is called into question as well. Check on recalled products.
  • Conference in southwest: ASQ’s annual two-day Lean and Six Sigma Conference will open in Phoenix on February 29. Registration is open now for the event.
  • Healthcare conference: It’s not too early to register for the May 11-12 National Quality Summit, sponsored by the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ).

Current versions of software:

To determine the most recent version of your PQ Systems software products, call us at: (800) 777-5060. A customer care specialist will be pleased to help you. If there are later, more up-to-date versions, we will be able to get you up to speed immediately. You can also go to our website to check version updates at:
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http://www.pqsystems.com/support/SoftwareUpdates.php

 
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