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Better than an insurance policy: Maintenance agreements give peace of mind

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.

Better than an insurance policy:
Maintenance agreements give peace of mind

In every organization, one can find someone who continues to use old versions of major software programs long after everyone else has upgraded several times, not wanting to move outside a comfort zone that's worked well, perhaps for years. It may be that he or she is not even aware that newer versions of the software—with features that may make life easier—are available and offer painless transition. Or oblivious to his or her status as a butt of MIS jokes about old fogeys using 10-year-old software.
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Reader survey:
Quality conferences

Here is a question for you to consider this month: Have you attended or do you plan to attend any quality conferences in 2015? Plus, see the results of last month's poll.
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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 Quality Quiz Classics are Barry Hatch (SEL, Pullman, WA); Ferdinand Pane (WorldPak Flexible Packaging, Reno, NV); and Diane Schmoller (Plastic Ingenuity, Cross Plains, WI). Congratulations! For this month's quiz, and a chance to win a copy of Quality Quiz Classics, submit your response by April 30.
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Data in everyday life:
Free time

How do people spend their time? Is weekend different from that of weekdays? These side-by-side SQCpack Pareto charts indicate similarities, differences.
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Six Sigma and more: David Schwinn
The rise and failure of management practice

David Schwinn reflects this month on the implications of relying on numbers and standards when it comes to performance, and what Deming said about this reliance.
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Bytes and pieces:

  • Archived videos available: Quality magazine has released its archive of videos related to quality, products, and conferences.

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