The Masters: A stable or unstable tradition?

Beth SavageThe 2016 Masters Tournament is in the history books. Jordan Spieth had what some are calling an epic meltdown on the final 9 holes of the tournament and, in a come-from-behind victory, Danny Willett earned the green jacket. The tournament is touted as a tradition unlike any other.™  Edge-of-your seat drama aside, does this tradition actually represent a stable process?

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Bytes and pieces: News you can use

Food recall: Nestle has recalled DiGiorno Pizza as well as Lean Cuisine and Stouffer’s frozen dinners after glass fragments were discovered.

Best hospitals named: Healthgrades has announced its list of America’s 50 and 100 Best Hospitals for 2016.

Quality conference: The 2016 World Conference on Quality and Improvement, sponsored by the American Society for Quality (ASQ) will take place May 16-18 in Milwaukee. Register here.

Learning events: Training seminars and webinars, including those offered by PQ Systems, are listed by date on isixsigma.com.

SQCpack 7: Not your father’s SQCpack

Barb ClearySQCpack has been around for a long time. PQ first developed and released the product in the early 1980s, before PCs were widely used, when statistical process control was beginning to make an impact on manufacturing processes. For many years, one upgrade after another appeared in ads in quality magazines.

Most people we speak to have seen or used some version of SQCpack during their quality improvement careers. The program has been the flagship of the PQ Systems products for over 30 years, moving from Apple to DOS to Windows and beyond.

With this history, you might think of a new release as just another upgrade. However, SQCpack 7 is new from the ground up. The rebuild focused on simplifying the work and amplifying the results of using SPC software.

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Quality quiz (April 2016): A classic quiz from Professor Cleary—and March’s quiz winners!

Mike ClearyWinners of last month’s quiz and a copy of Practical Tools for Continuous Improvement: Volume 1 are Todd Quick (WestRock-Evadale, TX); Lane Robinson (Chemical Products Corp., GA); and Donna Noll (Priority Plastics, IN). Congratulations! For this month’s quiz, and a chance to win a copy of Practical Tools for Continuous Improvement: Volume 1, submit your response by April 29.

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

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Quality quiz (March 2016): A classic quiz from Professor Cleary—and February’s quiz winners!

Mike ClearyWinners of last month’s quiz and a copy of Practical Tools for Continuous Improvement: Volume 1 are Natalie Gary (Dexter Axle, IN); Ada Johnson (Sumika Polymer Compounds America, Inc., GA); and Sarah Wallace (NovaGast Technologies, Inc., SC). Congratulations! For this month’s quiz, and a chance to win a copy of Practical Tools for Continuous Improvement: Volume 1, submit your response by March 30.

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

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