ASQ Houston Section 1405 Articles List

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August, our hottest month, is here and I sure am feeling it. This year it’s not just the sun, but our Conference team is also ‘bringing the heat’ on the planning activities for the upcoming 2016 Houston Regional Conference. “QUALITY MAKES $EN$E” is the conference theme and the scheduled date is Friday, October 28th. We have renewed our focus on serving our community by offering a variety of volunteer events. Derica and her teams have been very busy this summer with participating in 3 community outreach events. Application forms have been published for the upcoming refresher classes. The refresher classes are being offered for CQA, CQE and SSGB exams that are scheduled for Dec 1st – 17th testing window.

“The Changing Face of Quality” is the theme for our Houston Regional Quality Conference coming up in on Nov 13th. Mark your calendars and register early to take advantage of our early bird discounted rates. This will be our 3rd conference in Houston. After the huge success last year with Mayor Parker kicking off our conference with her Keynote address, we are preparing to deliver another premier event. This year we are partnering with Education division and Human resource & Leadership division, making it a 3 day conference followed by a day of workshops. Register today at

It’s that time of the year. No, not just the allergy season, but the time when that other major annual event occurs – ASQ’s World Conference on Quality and Improvement. This event is on May 4 – 6 in Nashville, TN. With more than 2,500 attendees from around the world, the World Conference is a premier international event for quality professionals. ASQ HQ is assisting us with tips on ‘How to convince your boss that you NEED to be at this conference” - The theme for the conference is ‘Transforming the World through Innovation, Inspiration, and Leadership’.

If you are a regular reader of my posts, you surely are familiar with ‘who we are’, ‘what we do’ and ‘how we do it’. What remains now is for me and my team to execute our plans and for you to experience this journey with us.

Last month, you were introduced to the 2015 Section Leadership Team (SLT) and many of you met us at the January professional dinner meeting. Thanks for attending! Now that you know who we are, I will briefly describe what we do and how we plan to do it this year. Also included are information regarding our upcoming events, useful links and the Chair's pick.

On behalf of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) at ASQ 1405, I wish you all a Quality New Year! Hope this year brings you lesser defects and further continuous improvements in all your endeavors. I am very excited to be your section Chair and together with my wonderful team, we promise to fill your calendar with high quality educational programs, professional development meetings and community outreach events.

ASQ Houston Section 1405 Members, For my last Chair’s Corner as your section Chair, I simply want to say THANK YOU for a great 2014 program year. I’ve been blessed with a great section leadership team to work with this year to bring you, our members, some very exciting programs. I’ve also been fortunate enough to meet many of you at various events, and I look forward to seeing all of you again at future section activities. As we look forward to the 2015 program year, you will be in great hands with the incoming Chair, Mr. Vijai Venkata, and his section leadership team that has many volunteers returning to give another year of service to our section (which is greatly appreciated!). Just as a reminder, our section’s biggest need at this time continues to be that we need more ...

ASQ Houston Section 1405 Members, Did you know even the U.S. government uses quality tools/methods? In Hillary Clinton’s book, “Living History,” she describes how the team of lawyers that she was a part of many years ago appointed to compile evidence that made a compelling case for the impeachment of Richard Nixon were instructed by the group’s leader to type one fact per index card (of course, this was in the time before personal computers) and then look for patterns among the facts. It’s interesting to note that by the end of this investigation the group had compiled more than 500,000 index cards. Also, in Senator Elizabeth Warren’s recent book, “A Fighting Chance,” she recounts how one of the first acts of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (see for more information) was to collect complaints about banking practices. She ...

ASQ Houston Section 1405 Members, As I reflect on some to the fun we all may have had over the summer, I’m reminded of all the good movies I saw. So, what’s the yardstick that we use to measure what makes a “blockbuster” movie? That’s an interesting question. Is the quality of the movie judged by the critics, the amount of money it makes at the box office, or just purely how much people enjoyed it? This is a good reminder that quality is in the eye of the beholder…this is both what makes our jobs as quality professionals challenging and very interesting (there’s never a dull day…our customers constantly keep us on our toes). So, keep listening to the voice of the customer and never stop learning new quality tools/methods that can help you address your customers’ ever changing ...