Dr. Mark Lynch 15 May 2018 ASQ Dinner Meeting at Engineers Club

Mark Lynch PhD PE

Agile Team Lead and Scrum Master, Superlative Technologies, Inc.

Using Agile Project Management to Increase Project Success

Agile Project Management is a group of methodologies that focuses on short iterative cycles in the development of a product or service. While most commonly used in the Software Industry, Agile Project Management can be used in many industries to increase the productivity of delivering products and services.  Mark will go through the key concepts of Agile Project Management, many of which have evolved out of the Quality field.  Mark will discuss the experiences in utilizing Agile Project Management for over six years within the Department of Defense at Scott Air Force Base.

Agile Presentation PDF

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Steven Lembark 15 May 2018 ASQ Dinner Meeting at Engineers Club

Principal at Workhorse Computing

Stressing out about nothing: Testing software to its limits

Software isn’t real, it lives in a virtual space that we cannot measure, bend, or break. The traditional tools for QC don’t apply, but the principles do. This talk looks at techniques for software testing at multiple levels, the techniques available, and available measures.

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Ian Meggarrey 17 APR 2018 ASQ Dinner Meeting at Spazio

Ian Meggarrey Program Manager, Metova CyberCENTS

Tuesday, Apr 17, 2018

How to Infuse Quality Into Cyber-Security

You’ve heard it on the news: hacking, WannCry, Petya, and many more. Cybersecurity has been thrust into the spotlight in recent years, but what is it, really? Why does it matter? Why should I care? This session will give you answers to those questions and information about much more.

We will start with a number of basic definitions, and look at some cybersecurity-related events. We will then stalk about the real risks associated with cybersecurity deficiencies. Once we have covered the “what” and the “why,” we will cover the “how” by looking at the anatomy of a cyber attack. We will follow the path an adversary can use to work their way into your organization’s network and get what they want. We will also look at how your organization can improve its cyber-defense posture by ensuring that your personnel are best able to keep your network safe.

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Murali Mariappan 17 APR 2018 ASQ Dinner Meeting at Spazio

Murali Mariappan, VP – Operational Excellence Manager, Citi

Tuesday, Apr 17, 2018

Facilitating Virtual Problem-Solving Events

Traditional tools assume participants in any group activity be co-located to solve common process problems. But in this era of increasing globalization where processes span the country and sometime continents, it is necessary to engage the wide variety of participants who are geographically distributed to solve inevitable process issues. In addition, employers have been using the perk of remote work to attract and retain workers in an increasingly competitive talent landscape, especially given low unemployment rates, making improvements to geographically distributed processes increasingly important.

This session is a reflection of our experience in facilitating an improvement event where there were nine participants located in nine different locations across the United States. The unique challenges in trying to communicate and problem solve in a virtual environment is discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how improvements can be facilitated with geographically distributed teams.
  • Learn the preparations needed to make virtual engagement successful.
  • Discover the virtual collaboration tool capabilities needed to facilitate remote teams.
  • Get tips to save money on travel.
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Dawn Newman 20 FEB 2018 ASQ Dinner at Favazza’s

Dawn Newman, Executive & Professional Coach and Organization Development Consultant

20 Feb 2018

Applied Creative Problem Solving – Building ASQ 1304’s Next Generation Value

Complex Problem Solving, Critical Thinking, and Creativity continue to top the list of future capabilities for Quality professionals. The Creative Problem Solving approach will tap into your creativity, spark fresh thinking, and uncover new ways to tackle complex challenges.

This workshop will explore the tools of Creative Problem Solving (CPS).
ASQ’s November 22, 2017 Roadmap for Growth: Providing Member Value email to members identified the challenge of delivering Next Generation Value to Members through the Three C’s of Content, Communities, and Capabilities.

The February workshop will explore tools of Creative Problem Solving (CPS), share a project application, and apply the CPS framework to generate new ways of addressing what matters in our local chapter & community.

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Section 1304 Leadership Committee 2018

2018 Leadership Committee St. Louis Section 1304

Name Position Email
Mark Lynch Section Chair chair@asqstl.org
Vicki Mercer [open] Vice Chair vice-chair@asqstl.org
Kyle Jeffers Treasurer treasurer@asqstl.org
Katie Castree Secretary secretary@asqstl.org
Ed Vallorani  Past Chair past-chair@asqstl.org
Katrina Gowins Audit Chair audit@asqstl.org
Sandra Mohr Membership Chair membership@asqstl.org
Tony Indihar Nominating Chair nominating@asqstl.org
John O’Reilly Program Chair program@asqstl.org
Tony Indihar Arrangements Chair arrangements@asqstl.org
Thomas Miller Community Outreach Chair community@asqstl.org
Vicki Mercer [open] Recertification Chair recertification@asqstl.org
David Maack Education Chair education@asqstl.org
Chris Anderson Website Chair webmaster@asqstl.org
Ed Vallorani Voice of the Customer Chair voc@asqstl.org
Jim Ebone Placement Chair placement@asqstl.org
Nick Brammeier Mentorship Chair mentorship@asqstl.org
Katie Castree Social Media Chair socialmedia@asqstl.org
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John Paschkewitz 20 MAR 2018 ASQ Dinner Meeting at Syberg’s

Accelerated Stress Testing

John Paschkewitz, Product Assurance Engineering, LLC.

Tuesday, Mar 20, 2018

Key Points in Reliability Engineering

My presentation will summarize key points from my lecture series at three universities in China
during May 2017, and it will highlight my observations during the 25 days in China.
I presented a series of six lectures at each of three universities. My wife and I visited Beihang
University in Beijing, Northeast University in Shenyang, and Zhejiang S & T University in

The lectures were presented to PhD students in reliability engineering and included:

  • Overview of Design for Reliability
  • Early Risk Assessment Methods
  • Accelerated Stress Test and HALT
  • Quantitative Accelerated Life Test

Afternoons and weekends were spent touring unique and historical sites and enjoying regional Chinese cuisine. The presentation will be structured to interest a general audience.

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Anita Marx 20 MAR 2018 ASQ Dinner at Syberg’s

Anita L. Marx, Founder, AIM Consulting LLC

Tuesday, Mar 20, 2018

B-FITSM:  Improve Organizational Fitness with Baldrige Basics

Whether it’s your body or your business, regular checkups are important to know what’s working and what needs improvement. Organizational fitness is a mindset and a process for overcoming status quo, continuously improving, and adapting to stay ahead of the competition.

The Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence is recognized throughout the world as the gold standard for assessing and improving organizational performance. It’s a roadmap on how to compete in this fast paced, hyper-competitive, ever changing world.

Although Baldrige is the gold standard for performance excellence, you may have heard myths and even wonder if it is still around. The reality is the Baldrige framework has stood the test of time and works for organizations…all sizes, all sectors.

In this session, we will:

  • Define organizational fitness and how to quickly assess fitness
  • Identify practices, policies, and procedures that contribute to status quo, complacency, and zap organizations of energy, sales, and profits
  • The basics of the Baldrige framework and how you can use it to B-FITSM
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Dr. Mark Lynch 16 JAN 2018 ASQ Dinner at Forrest Park Golf Course Clubhouse

Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018

Mark Lynch PhD PE

Mark Lynch, Development Team Lead, Superlative Technologies, Inc.

 ASQ’s Quality Body of Knowledge (QBOK) Framework

What is the Quality Book of Knowledge (BOK)? More importantly, what is in the BOK?

ASQ has created and maintained the Quality Body of Knowledge (QBOK) for a number of years.  The QBOK’s purpose is to assist in the knowledge and professional development of the quality community.  In this presentation, we will explore the QBOK Foundation, discuss many of the topics included, and discover where to find additional information on QBOK items.

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Tony Vago 16 JAN 2018 ASQ Dinner at Forrest Park Golf Course Clubhouse

Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018

Tony Vago, Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives, Mercy Hospital St. Louis

The Cost of (Poor) Quality: Why Do We Care?

Why do systems and processes fail, and what could some of the possible outcomes be when failure occurs? This presentation will look at why Quality professionals are needed in all industries and in all points of design, testing, and deployment of systems and processes. It will also look at why, when ignored, poor quality can be costly and even deadly.

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