What’s World Quality Month, anyway?
“The purpose of World Quality Month is to promote the use of quality tools in businesses and communities. Quality tools, such as flowcharts and checklists, reduce mistakes and help produce superior products. Quality principles could reduce headline-making errors, like food safety, toy recalls, and financial disruptions. World Quality Month calls on people who use quality tools to share their knowledge by submitting their stories to illustrate the value of quality principles.” (ASQ)
“The purpose of World Quality Day is to promote awareness of quality around the world and encourage development and prosperity” (CQI)
This year, I decided to help out ASQ’s Education Division and work with them to organize the Quality Education Conference & Workshop (QECW) that was held in Houston, TX this past weekend. I figured the best way to spread the word is to contribute my time to something that would raise awareness.
First, let me say that that I have gained a whole new level of respect for people that organize conferences. The behind-the-scenes efforts of volunteers and others is just unbelievable. The passion of ASQ members is unparalleled, and the QECW experience was nothing short of awesome. I tweeted for the division, so more info can be found here. And, another member took some great photos for us.
My presentation related to critical thinking and STEM was well received, but I am most grateful for all of the amazing people I met at the event. Educators truly are special people! And, there’s no doubt education is where we need to start if we’re going to integrate quality into our personal and professional lives.
This World Quality Month also marks a few personal achievements of which I still can’t keep smiling about! First, I am honored to be among the Fresh Faces identified in the November issue of Quality Progress. Wow.
Secondly, I received an email notifying me that my nomination as Fellow was accepted. I won’t lie… achieving this took a ridiculous amount of effort, and I count it as one of my proudest achievements. I truly feel special to be among such an elite group of quality professionals. I’m more motivated than ever to make a difference! Thank you so much to my ASQ friends that supported and helped me achieve this… You know who you are!
“Fellow Membership is an honor bestowed by other ASQ Members. A Fellow represents the upper echelon of the quality profession and serves as the backbone of the Society.”
Finally, I got word that my two proposals for presentations at the World Quality Conference in May were accepted. I’ll be able to share information regarding social accountability audits in the manufacturing sector and also an After 5 session related to living a socially responsible life. I can’t wait!
I’ve written a few posts in the past related to World Quality Month as well:
- Resources & Recommendations (Pro QC)
- Spread the Word (Pro QC)
- Four Weeks of Quality (ijenn)
- Improving Quality of Life in 30 Days (ijenn)
- Quality Around the Clock (ijenn)
You don’t have to be in quality to recognize World Quality Month! As Deming famously said… “Quality is everyone’s responsibility.”