Raleigh ASQ e-NewsFebruary 14, 2007 – Happy Valentines Day!

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In This Edition:

Upcoming events, SIX SIGMA Special Interest Group Kickoff, Part Time Employment and Speaking Opportunities, as well as a word on 2006 Member Satisfaction Results

ASQ Events

(Please register at: http://asqraleigh.org/wp/reservations/meeting.php)

Tour February 20, 2007 6pm Elster Electricity

Currently there are no spaces available for the Elster Electricity tour.

You can add yourself to the waiting list by contacting the Arrangements Chair at reservations@asqraleigh.org.

If you are registered and can no longer attend, please contact reservations@asqraleigh.org to allow another member to attend.

Professional Development Meeting March 20, 2007 5-8 North Raleigh Hilton

5:00pm: Speaker: Mike Crooks – Getting the team involved by Using SWOT and Storyboarding

The standard practice for conducting a SWOT Analysis includes the collection and analysis of an organization’s Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats.  The results are usually represented in a SWOT Profile (also called a TOWS Matrix). The ‘Storyboarding’ technique, developed by Mike Crooks in the early 1990′, uses an alternate analysis of the SWOT input to produce actionable outcome of a strategic planning activity.

The difference between the traditional approach to SWOT and the Storyboarding approach is in the presentation and analysis, which is based on:

  • Establishing the ‘Driving Charter’ for the organization that simply states ‘if we apply our Strengths in a focused and diligent manner we can achieve our objectives (represented by the Opportunities).
  • Acknowledging the ‘Organizational Hurdles’ to success; represented by the patterns of Weaknesses.
  • Governing our plans to monitor and mitigate risk as defined by the true Critical Success Factors (CSF’s) as discovered by the correlation between an existing ‘Organizational Hurdle’ and a perceived and/or potential threat being realized.

6:00pm: Networking / informal jobs discussion. 

6:30pm: Dinner

7:30pm  Speaker: Angela Hall – Case Study of Storyboarding with ASQ Raleigh

During the annual strategy session for ASQ Raleigh, Mike Crooks lead the Board through the storyboarding technique. See how the tool works and what the results have been!

Feel free to come for any portion of the event. Payment is only required for those joining us for the dinner.

Six Sigma Special Interest Group (SIG) Kickoff

February 27, 2007 6-7pm NortelPhoto ID Required for entry. Dinner Provided!Pizza & Soda

Agenda: Six Sigma Presentation, SIG Formation

Speaker: Jonathan Walker – MBA, CSSBB, CMQ/OE, PMP. Former Captain in the US Army. 9 years experience in Operations Management and quality systems in the military and for FDA regulated Device/Aseptic Pharmaceutical Manufacturing. Instructor and coach for in-house LEAN Six-Sigma Black Belt program.

Please register by February 23, 2007 at http://asqraleigh.org/wp/reservations/meeting.php so we can order enough pizza for everyone.

Location: Voice Recognition Theatre, Gateway Building, Nortel, 4001 E Chapel Hill-Nelson Highway, RTP

Directions: Nortel Networks on HWY 54 (between Davis and Miami Blvd) http://www.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=Morrisville,+NC+27560&ie=UTF8&z=16&ll=35.889085,-78.853512&spn=0.007597,0.021501&t=h&om=1

If you turn left (or go south) on Miami Blvd from HWY 40 and turn right on HWY 54, take the second right into Nortel Networks. The entrance to the facility is marked by a large yellow wall straight ahead.

Part-time Employment Opportunity

AAR Corporation is looking for an ASQ Certification Trainer!

Expertise in 1 or more of the following ASQ Certifications (in order of preference)

  1. Quality Technician and Mechanical Inspector
  2. Calibration Technician and Quality Auditor
  3. Quality Engineer

Training would need to occur during regular business hours.

Location: AAR Corp, 500 Gateway Drive, Goldsboro, NC 27534, near Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.  It’s about 50 miles southeast of Raleigh.

Interested? Contact Cynthia Aylen: 919 705-2477, cynthia.aylen@aarcorp.com.

Speaking Opportunities

Quality in the Triangle 2007

The Raleigh ASQ Section is asking for volunteers to present a case study on manufacturing quality at the upcoming Quality in the Triangle Conference on May 22 in Raleigh, NC.  The Section uses this conference as the cap stone to the ASQ year to allow local companies to showcase success with quality tools.  The presentation would be a 35 – 40 minutes.  If you are interested please provide a short presentation abstract to Frank Golden at frank.j.golden@gsk.com by Feb. 15.

2007-2008 ASQ Raleigh Professional Development Meetings

Does your organization have something interesting that you would like to share with other members? Do you have expertise in an area that would benefit quality professionals? Would you like to gain some RU credits and professional recognition for presenting?  We are building out the 2007-2008 Program and need volunteers to present. Please contact the 2007-8 Program Chair Doug McCorquodale dougm@nc.rr.com.

2006 Member Satisfaction Summary

Results are in!

Thank you to our members who completed the annual ASQ Member Satisfaction Survey last fall. The ASQ Raleigh section uses these results to validate effectiveness of executing our strategy. When comparing our 2006 results with those of other sections in the region and in the country, ASQ Raleigh improved year over year in EVERY category! Look for more information on our results in the next ASQ Raleigh Newsletter.

The ASQ Raleigh Board looks forward to any feedback you have for us directly or via these survey mechanisms. Keep the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle alive!