Oct. 9, 2019 6PM General Meeting: Lean Rapid Plant Assessment for More Effective Audits

Problem Statement:   Have you ever felt that the plant tour was a waste of time at the start of your audit?  Adding aspects of the Lean Rapid Plant Assessment to your audits can add significant value to those tours and your audit reports.  The Lean Rapid Plant Assessment will allow you to maximize the return on a typical plant tour for audits where assessing Lean, Efficiency or Effectiveness is an important goal. 
In this presentation, we will cover a brief history and background of the Rapid Plant Assessment methodology as created by Dr. R. Eugene Woodson. We will cover what the RPA is, and also what it is not.  We will discuss the benefits of the RPA, and how and why the RPA can be used in appropriate audit situations.  Next, we will go through the details of the two assessment tools that make up the RPA and discuss how they are used, with real life examples.We will then conclude with opportunities to discuss more real life or general examples from Dr. Woodson’s work, along with some analysis and discussion about the long term benefits of use of the RPA method over time to identify improvements and show progress.Speaker
Kevin is the Director of Quality Assurance at Cantel Medical and is a quality and regulatory executive manager and leader with over 29 years’ international experience in quality management, product development, manufacturing, and regulatory approval for medical devices, in vitro diagnostics, defense and aerospace, mining and exploration, as well as industrial equipment and controls.  He is an active practitioner and also occasionally consults, trains, writes, and speaks on quality management, auditing, innovation, and medical devices. Kevin holds an undergraduate degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas to which he’s added an MBA in international business from Penn State.Kevin has co-authored two books in the Quality arena; The Executive Guide to Innovation, and The Supplier Quality Professional Handbook, both from Quality Press.  Kevin has been an instructor and course developer with ASQ since 2009, teaching the CQA Refresher, the CSQP Refresher, and the CCT Refresher in particular.  Kevin is the Education and Training Chair as well as Chair Elect (2020) for the ASQ Audit Division, a founding member of the Innovation Division of ASQ, and an ASQ Senior Member, with certifications as a CQA, CBA, CMQ/OE, CQE, CSQP, CSQE, CCT, CSSGB, and CQT.  Kevin also has held the RAC certification for the EU from RAPS.Registration/ Cost:Free for ASQ MembersFirst five non-members free; $10 for non-members thereafterEventbrite ASQ AustinVenue: National Instruments

Date: October 9, 2019


11500 N Mopac Expressway
Building C – Room 1s13/14/15
Austin, TX 78759
United States

RU’s:  0.5 RU’s will be awarded to ASQ members for attendance


  • 6:00 – 6:30 PM – Networking Time/ Snacks
  • 6:30 – 6:45 PM – Announcements
  • 6:45 – 7:45 PM – Talk
  • 7:45 – 8:00 PM – Door Prizes


  • RU’s:  0.5 RU’s will be awarded to ASQ members for attendance

May 8, General Meeting: Brewery Tour & Quality Discussion



Rentsch Brewery


2500 NE Inner Loop Georgetown, ,TX 78626

Event Date/Time

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 / 6:30 pm – 8:30pm


6:30pm – Networking / Announcements / Light snacks

7:00pm – Small groups cycle through tour & talk or networking in beer garden and/or tap room

8:00pm – Door prizes


  • No charge for this event!

Eventbrite ASQ Austin


  • Please contact
    • Program Chair: shoshana.bokelman@asqaustin.org

March 21, 11 AM Webinar: Sustainability: From Marketing to Quality For All Life


Unfortunately sustainability is even today still all too often more marketing than substance. In this presentation we will focus on the role that quality can play in changing this for the better.

Starting from the definition of sustainable development as determined by the United Nations we will introduce a practical triple A approach that is suitable as a guideline for all types and sizes of companies. In a sequence of Awareness – Adoption – Achievement companies can gradually expand their sustainability activities and impact. The effect of this approach is visible on both financial, environmental and social sustainability and is linked to a set of appropriate quality tools in each development phase. Continue reading “March 21, 11 AM Webinar: Sustainability: From Marketing to Quality For All Life”

April 10, General Meeting: Eric Baize, Vice President, Product & Application Security – Dell & Chairman, SAFECode

Vice President, Product & Application Security – Dell & Chairman, SAFECode

Speaker Bio

Eric Baize leads Dell Product & Application Security organization and is responsible for driving enhanced security practices into the lifecycle of all Dell products and internally developed cloud and IT applications. Eric joined Dell through its merger with EMC where he built EMC’s highly successful product security program from the ground up.

Eric also serves as the Chairman of SAFECode, an industry-led non-profit organization dedicated to advancing software and supply chain security best practices. He holds multiple U.S. patents and authored international security standards.


Many recent major security breaches can be linked to a software vulnerability – either left unpatched or a zero day – that made the attacker’s job easier. Yet, we do not put the developer at the center of our cybersecurity strategy. With DevOps becoming mainstream, and with tens of millions of developers creating code for all kinds of software-enabled devices, mobile apps and cloud services, it is time to expand the fight against advanced threats to include the developer community and its ecosystem.

Developing secure code at scale will require expanding the security conversation beyond developers. This talk will challenge the entire software ecosystem to play their part in building more secure software and deliver software security at scale. Learning from the collected real-world experience of large development organizations, we will review short term strategies for organizations to adopt a secure software development process. For the longer term, we will discuss the drastic changes required in how we teach, develop, test, govern and purchase software-based products to permanently change the software culture and deliver software security at scale.

Registration/ Cost:

ASQ Members:  Free
Non-members:  $10 per person to cover meeting expenses; first five non-ASQ members to register are free!

Eventbrite - Austin ASQ General Meeting 4-10-19

Date:  April 10, 2019


  • 6:00 – 6:30 PM – Networking Time/ Snacks
  • 6:30 – 6:45 PM – Announcements
  • 6:45 – 7:45 PM – Talk
  • 7:45 – 8:00 PM – Door Prizes


National Instruments

Building C – Room 1s13/14/15

11500 N Mopac Expressway,

Austin TX 78759

RUs to attendee:

0.5 RUs


For questions contact:

Arrangement Chair Chair (RyanCho):  ryan.cho@asqaustin.org

Program Chair: Shoshana Bokelman sbokelman@asqaustin.org

February 13, General Meeting: A Practitioner’s Overview to Data Mining Models and Methods

A Practitioner’s Overview to Data Mining Models and Methods

Over the past few years the proliferation of applied computational methods has grown considerably, likely due to the decreased cost of data storage, increase in computer power, and evolution of programming languages such as R and Python to solve data-centric problems. For someone new to data science it can be daunting to determine where to start or where to go next. This presentation will provide an overview to data mining, what it is and isn’t, and where it fits into the general category of machine learning. While the focus will be on predictive analytics, unsupervised learning methods will be discussed briefly.

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March 13, General Meeting: Edward Cook, Director, Supplier Quality Management

Edward Cook, Senior Director of Supplier Quality Management at Smith & Nephew


Ed Cook is now the Senior Director, Global Supplier Quality for Smith and Nephew in Austin, TX.  Ed was the Director, Supplier Quality Management at Hospira, a Pfizer Co., from January 2013 until recently, where his responsibilities were to manage the global Supply Chain program for medical device operations.  In this role he sets policy for and oversee Suppliers and third party manufacturing (TPM) organizations in the areas of relationship management, supplier quality engineering, incoming quality inspection supplier and TPM audit, and the supply chain quality management system (SC-QMS). Continue reading “March 13, General Meeting: Edward Cook, Director, Supplier Quality Management”

Running Reliably: The World Through the Lens of a Globetrotting Reliability Engineer

Cheryl Tulkoff ASQ CMQ/QE, ASQ CRE
Director of Corporate Quality and Continuous improvement National Instruments

Traveling and working outside the US provides incredible opportunities to observe how other countries and cultures achieve reliability. Because reliability requires both people and objects to function well for a certain time under specific conditions, it means quite different things in different places!  Politics, geography, culture, climate, and society norms all influence how reliability is defined, perceived and achieved. In a presentation that is equal parts travelogue and technology review, learn more about the fascinating ways reliability is achieved around the world and how you can apply some of these lessons in your own organization. Case studies include examples of reliability management in the US, Mexico, Ethiopia, South Africa, New Zealand and India with technologies ranging from automobiles, to appliances to tracking devices.
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