St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) February 1, 2006
ASQ St. Louis Section 1304, one of the largest ASQ sections in the United States, celebrates its 60th anniversary this year at its’ annual quality conference April 5-7, 2006. This year the topic is “Working Smarter, Not Harder.” Guest speakers from manufacturing, health care, services, and consulting industries will be on hand.
“I’m very excited about the conference, it will be our biggest and best quality conference yet” said Rob Herhold, ASQ 1304 chair. “Quality is really the primary means of building an effective, efficient organization and our section is working hard to get the message out.”
The Annual ASQ Section 1304 St. Louis Quality Conference seeks to facilitate continuous improvement and increased customer satisfaction by identifying, communicating, and promoting the use of quality principles, concepts, and technology.
Charles F. Knight, Chairman Emeritus, Emerson, will deliver the Keynote address, explaining in detail with examples from his new book, Performance Without Compromise, how the Emerson management process helped transform the company from a technology follower to a global leader in its major markets.
St. Louis Quality Conference attendees and presenters include industry professionals in the areas of manufacturing, education, software, health care, and services who deal with international standards, product development and support, leadership development, and innovation within the world of quality.
Six Pre-Conference Workshops: Implementing Lean Thinking Chris Anderson, Bizmanualz; ISO 9001 Internal Auditing, John Duffy, Bizmanualz; Selecting Six Sigma Projects Jim Duarte ASQ Fellow; Survey Design and Analysis Jim Duarte ASQ Fellow; Using Statistical Process Control (SPC) Steve Mundwiller; and the People Side of Process Improvement Jim Sealy Dale Carnegie Institute.
Three Conference Tracks: People and Processes - Learn the cultural, human, organizational and management issues that must be overcome; Safety and Health Care - Understand and make the business case for change; Quality Tools and Standards - Discover the role quality plays in bringing true business performance improvements.
Twelve Quality Presentations will cover:
1. People and Processes
- Buy-in for process improvement, Dan Davision, BentonsEdge
- People Side of Process Improvement, Jim Sealy Dale Carnegie Institute
- Quality Leadership, G. Dennis Beecroft, ASQ Fellow
- Monitoring, managing and aligning processes with organizational strategy, Kent Busse, Transition/1
2. Safety and Health Care
- Applying DFSS to reduce order entry errors, Yani Benitez, BJC Healthcare
- Reducing variation to increase compliance, Jan McDonald, BJC Healthcare
- Using lean to save blood, Kevin Johnson, SSM Healthcare
- ISO 9000 in health care, Robert Tietjen, Policy Technologies International
3. Quality Tools and Standards
- Understanding measurement uncertainty, Craig Hoel, Boeing
- Understanding quality standards, Gerad Kelly, CVA International
- The role of an effective Quality Management System in satisfying the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Larry Stapleton, Milliken University
- The Lean 6-Sigm Improvement Journey, Cyril Narishkin, Essex Industries
Conference Sponsors include: Anheuser Busch, Boeing, St. Louis Small Business Monthly, Bizmanualz, eProcessManager, Policy Technologies, and Quality Testing Services.
“This year’s updated conference program features 18 different speakers from three different countries, four different states and five different Fortune 1000 companies” explains Chris Anderson, ASQ 1304 chair-elect and Quality Conference Chair. “Numerous case studies, workshops, and presentations will allow you to gain insights from your peers about their challenges, best practices, and lessons learned in businesses across multiple industries ranging from defense, aerospace, health care, manufacturing, academia, software, and accounting.”
ASQ St. Louis mission is to facilitate continuous improvement and increased customer satisfaction by identifying, communicating, and promoting the use of quality principles, concepts, and technology, and thereby be recognized throughout the St. Louis Bi-State region as the leading authority on and champion for quality.
For more information, contact: Steve Mundwiller, ASQ 314-239-4685
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