Our Annual Awards Dinner Will Send You Home Laughing!

David Graham Americas Clean Comedian

David Graham “Americas Clean Comedian”

Tuesday, Dec 8, 2015

A Night of Comedy, ASQ Awards, and Collaborative Design Process

Our headliner and MC is fresh from:

  • America’s Funniest People
  • Last Comic Standing


But that’s not all… An interactive, participatory, and FUN workshop on “ENGINEERING PROCESS DESIGN” will use the OTHER side of your brain…

Epworth Christmas

or 150 years, Epworth Children & Family Services has provided the St. Louis community with essential youth development services that have helped thousands of children overcome severe emotional and behavioral challenges caused by abuse or neglect.

And if that isn’t enough, there will be an opportunity to start your holidays early, with a GIVING TREE to benefit Epworth Children and Family Services.

Bring a gift, or just bring a donation and we’ll do the shopping for you!

  • Bring a gift for the Children of Epworth
  • A team-building icebreaker project on Engineering Process Design
  • Dinner
  • The annual presentation of ASQ awards
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Change Management Seminar

Saturday, NOV 7, 2015 from 08:00 AM – 12:00 PM Central

President, Strategic Operating Systems

President, Strategic Operating Systems

Change management: why it’s critical to accelerate deployment of initiatives

Attend this workshop and learn about the change process, Change Management Steps, why it’s critical to accelerate deployment of initiatives, and several change management tools Get hands-on experience using the tools to be ready to deploy it at your business.

Learn how to become a change leader, needed personality / characteristics, and how these tools complement Lean, Six Sigma, and Project Management tools and concepts.


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New ISO 9001:2015 Quality Standard Changes

Chris Anderson Management Coach Bizmanualz, Inc

Chris Anderson, Management Coach, Bizmanualz, Inc.

Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015

What are the new Document Requirements?

You will learn about the requirement for a quality manual — there is none!  How about quality procedures — None!  quality records — Only to the extent necessary… Hard requirements for documentation are replaced with the term “documented information”.

The new standard is focused less on documentation and more on performance, risk, and designing in quality.

Risk is the new focus to designing in quality.

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Integrating Hoshin Kanri and ISO 9001:2015 to Drive Continuous Improvement

Beth Cudney, Ph.D.

Beth Cudney, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Engr Mgmt & Sys Engr, MO Univ of Sci & Tech

 Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015

The process of developing a Hoshin strategic plan summary, sharing it with employees, and regularly reviewing the metrics that are clearly aligned with the organization’s core objectives and strategy may be infinitely more effective than annually asking employees to memorize the quality policy in preparation for the upcoming registrar audit.

This presentation will provide an overview on developing a Hoshin strategic plan summary as well as Hoshin action plans, implementation plans, and implementation reviews and how these steps correlate to ISO 9001:2015 requirements.


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Risk Analysis and Risk Management Workshop

Saturday, SEP 26, 2015 from 08:00 AM – 12:00 PM Central

Chris Anderson,, Management Coach, Bizmanualz, Inc.

Chris Anderson,, Management Coach, Bizmanualz, Inc.

What does ISO 9001:2015 require for risk analysis and risk management?

Learn what Risk Based Thinking is and how to apply it to your QMS.

While a formal process of risk analysis or risk management is not required in the ISO 9001:2015 standard, the concept of risk is included in eight areas of the current draft of the new standard.

1. Determining risks and opportunities that affect the quality management system.
2. Planning changes to the quality management system.
3. Evaluating processes, as part of the process approach.
4. Establishing appropriate controls of external providers (such as suppliers)
5. Identifying risks that can affect the company’s products, services, and overall customer satisfaction.
6. New product design and development risks.
7. Determining post-delivery support risks (e.g. warranty, maintenance, and other services).
8. Establishing monitoring and measurement of risks.

The inclusion of risk throughout the standard is referred to as “risk based thinking”. The standard does not require specific processes or procedures for risk analysis, like Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA), but using FMEAs and Control Plans will provide a basis for risk analysis and management. In this fast paced class we will review some of the core tools used to identify, quantify, and control risks including: Process diagram, FMEA, and Control Plan.

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Using Defect Mapping as a Problem Solving Tool

Tuesday, Sept 15, 2015

Defect Mapping is a problem solving tool used to visually identify and track physical locations and types of defects on a product. As a defect occurs during a process on a product, the location of the defect is identified on a map.

The Defect Map provides information on the physical location of the defect on the product and additional pertinent information as well. The more visual you can capture issues, the easier it is to move forward to defining root cause and corrective action.


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Reliability Engineering Explained

John PaschkewitzTuesday, Sept 15, 2015

An introduction to the basics of reliability engineering that clarifies the definition of reliability and shows how it differs from many other quality functions. Key concepts, primary tools, and the impact of reliability are highlighted.

Examples from several products and industries are used to illustrate the role of reliability engineering. The presentation concludes with a description of the ASQ Reliability Division and the services it provides.

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Value Stream Mapping workshop

ASQ Section 1304 St. Louis Proudly presents

Value Stream Mapping Workshop

Saturday, May 30, 2015

A 4-hour hands on workshop conducted by Amy Slovacek, a value stream mapping expert from Lutheran Senior Services. This workshop is designed to help you learn techniques and enhance your skills using the Lean value stream mapping tool.

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12th Annual ASQ Lean-Sigma Conference at SIUC


will be held Thursday, April 30, 2015 on the 2nd floor of the S.I.U.C. campus Student Center, 1225 Lincoln Drive, Carbondale, IL.
Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m., sessions start at 8:30 a.m. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

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Language to Engage: Shifting our Questions from Why to What

Dawn M. Newman

Dawn M. Newman, Ph.D.

Thursday, Apr 16, 2015

Language to Engage: Shifting our Questions from Why to What

We are Quality. We lead. We strive for excellence.

How might our quest for perfection get in our way? What might we stop doing to lead more effectively?

This session will highlight lessons learned and discoveries from a 20-year Quality professional.

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