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May Chair Letter

Dieter Eckstein

Dear Quality colleagues,

Every year, ASQ provides its members the World Conference on Quality and Improvement (WCQI).  This year, the conference is being held in Charlotte, North Carolina.  One of my favorite parts of the conference is an event that I consider one of the best events any conferences could ever come up with; a contest for the best projects throughout the year…The Team Excellence Awards ( ).

The Team Excellence Award contest gives an opportunity for ASQ Members to compete at a world level and showcase their successful projects.  The presentation of the award is nothing short of a “Celebration of Quality” at its best!  I would go as far as to call it the “Quality World Cup!”.

In previous years, I have asked our members about their interest in sharing with others their successful projects and their impacts.  Being one of the largest ASQ sections in the world, I would expect that every year our section would have a project to share and compete with others from around the world.

Why not?  As I look around the people that attend our monthly dinner meetings, I see bright, highly driven, highly skilled quality professionals; however, nobody comes forward with any project to share with others.  But, why?  Is our section mostly composed of shy and introverted members?

I admire ASQ’s intention to allow Quality Professionals to shine!  To give its members a chance to bask in the glow of their accomplishments!   Most importantly, it INSPIRES others!

Personally, I thought of having a local contest for the best or most impacting project that used Quality concepts in our area and have the best contest be sponsored to compete at the WCQI.  What do you think?  Would you be interested?  Do you have a project of your own or know someone that has participated in a project that was successful for all involved and can INSPIRE others?  Call, email or talk to me with your thoughts about something like this in the future of our section.  I would love to show that in Southern California we are not just a large section, but also a successful contributor to our communities, and dare I say the world!?

The last few years, there are few teams that have comeback to compete at the WCQI and repeat their success.  You can read about them by visiting this website for the past winners .

Last week, couple of our Young Quality Professional Leaders met with Vinay Goyal, Mark Lindsey and I to discuss opportunities to sustain and grow the involvement of Young Quality Professionals.  We had a lot of great topics, but one I made a mental note to include in this letter.  There is an opportunity to synergize between our business community, students and our ASQ Section by helping companies in our area to link with individuals or students that would like to do an internship for Quality Assurance and/or Quality Control.  If you know of a company that has a Quality Intern Program, let me know, I would like to speak to those companies to see how our section can help in this area.  As we learned from Rosemarie Christopher’s Monthly Meeting Presentation in March, there is a shortage of Quality Professionals in some areas, it is hard to come by good, well trained Quality Professionals.  In addition, for our Quality Profession to be sustained for the future, we need to have a proportion of young quality professional that is better balanced than what it is now.

To engage the young minds, we must INSPIRE them with something that could help them see why Quality is such a great field to work in and what makes being a Quality Professional a “cool” career!  What do you think?  Do you want to join us and inspire others?

Dieter Eckstein, BSBM, ASQ CMQ/OE, CQA

Section Chair, ASQ Orange Empire 0701


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