Bytes and pieces: News you can use

Patient safety: The apparent quiet of early morning (4 a.m. to 7 a.m.) is when hospitals may be least safe for patients.

Quality paradox: Managers may spend more time fighting fires than preventing them, Arun Hariharan points out.

Presentation reminder: Matt Savage, Support and Training Services Director for PQ Systems, will offer a session, “Spec Limits—What you don’t know can hurt you,” at the 2015 Lean & Six Sigma World Conference in Houston, March 11-12.

Tools for improvement: See this article on affinity diagrams by Barbara A. Cleary, Ph.D.

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Quality quiz (February 2014): A classic quiz from Professor Cleary—and January’s quiz winners!

Mike ClearyWinners of last month’s quiz and a copy of Quality Gamebox are Larry Richey (Kuri Tec Mfg.); Bruce Hiles (Imperial Plastics Inc.); and Shirley Adriance (Val Verde Regional Medical Center). Congratulations! For this month’s quiz, and a chance to win a copy of Quality Quiz Classics, submit your response by February 28.

To celebrate the life and work of Professor Cleary, we are featuring a classic quiz from our archives.

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An affinity for organized thinking: A diagram with many uses

Barb ClearyEvery statistician knows that basing a decision on limited data is certain to generate problems. Non-statisticians, however, may find making a decision without any data a bad habit to break. “Point mentality” – responding immediately to data that seems to indicate a change but may just be a reflection of natural variation – is even more endemic to daily decision making. The recurring question is: How can outcomes be evaluated when there are multiple options involved, including ones that no one has anticipated?

Enter the humble affinity diagram.

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Quality quiz (January 2014): A classic quiz from Professor Cleary—and December’s quiz winners!

Mike ClearyWinners of last month’s quiz and a copy of Quality Gamebox are Rick Martos (VSPOne of Columbus); Mollie Sevcik (Mitsubishi Electric Power Products); and Tony Bruno (TECO-Westinghouse Motor Co.). Congratulations! For this month’s quiz, and a chance to win a copy of Quality Gamebox, submit your response by January 31.

To celebrate the life and work of Professor Cleary, we are featuring a classic quiz from our archives.

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Data in everyday life: New Years’ resolutions

Making New Years’ resolutions is a traditional practice, unfortunately more widely known for failing than for succeeding. Nonetheless, keeping a promise to oneself for even a month is an accomplishment, we might agree. This CHARTrunner chart reflects the average length of time that people said they’d kept their resolutions in 2014.

Source: http://www.statisticbrain.com

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