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Define, measure, analyze, improve, and control (DMAIC) is a data-driven quality strategy used to improve processes. The letters in the acronym represent the five phases that make up the process, including the tools to use to complete those phases shown in Figure 1. It is an integral part of a Six Sigma initiative, but in general can be implemented as a ... more
Posted by David Woods on Quality Management Division Jan 22, 2022 8:24 PM CST
Sitting down to write my final Chair’s Message, the lyrics of “One Last Time” from my favorite musical, Hamilton, are running through my mind. It has been about a month since I saw the Broadway tour of Hamilton, and earlier this week I was helping my daughter study civics by singing Hamilton lyrics. As I continue pondering what to say in my final Chair’s ... more
Posted by Jerry Rice on Quality Management Division Jan 17, 2022 6:45 PM CST
Editor’s Notes | Sandy L. Furterer Sandy L. Furterer, PhD, MBA , is an associate professor in the Engineering Management, Systems and Technology Department at the University of Dayton. She holds ASQ certifications, which include the ASQ Certified Quality Manager/ Organizational Excellence, Certified Quality Engineer, and the Certified Six ... more
Posted by Jerry Rice on Quality Management Division Jan 17, 2022 6:32 PM CST
Design of experiments (DOE) is defined as a branch of applied statistics that deals with planning, conducting, analyzing, and interpreting controlled tests to evaluate the factors that control the value of a parameter or group of parameters. DOE is a powerful data collection and analysis tool that can be used in a variety of experimental situations. ... more
Posted by David Woods on Quality Management Division Jan 15, 2022 1:49 PM CST
Variations: plan-do-study-act (PDSA) cycle, Deming cycle, Shewhart cycle. Understand the evolution of these variations. The Plan-do-check-act cycle (Figure 1) is a four-step model for carrying out change. Just as a circle has no end, the PDCA cycle should be repeated again and again for continuous improvement . The PDCA cycle is considered a ... more
Posted by David Woods on Quality Management Division Jan 8, 2022 7:02 PM CST