2010-12-08: Holiday Dinner Meeting

at Marie Calender’s 

  • 5:30 – 6:30 pm – Networking Time
  • 6:30 – 6:45 pm – Announcements
  • 6:45 – 7:45 pm – Dinner
  • 7:45 – 8:00 pm – Door Prizes

This is a great opportunity to network with your fellow Quality professionals from around the Austin area.  Cost is $10.00 per plate payable at the door, (cash or check).  Indicate your meal option when you RSVP.


  1. Callender’s Fish & Chips
  2. Freshly Roasted Turkey
  3. Home Style Meatloaf

  1. Red Sauce on Pasta with Vegetables
  2. White Sauce on Paste with Vegetables
  3. Soup & Salad

RVSPs are to be made with Stephanie Reed via e-mail at Stephanie.Reed@asqaustin.org by no later than Friday, December 3rd.

2010-11-10: The Value of Design Control: Evolving from “Have To” to “Want To”

Julie Thomas Presentation

Julie Thomas presented “The Value of Design Control: Evolving from “Have To” to “Want To”. On this engaging talk, Ms. Thomas went through the requirements for new product introductions within the medical device industry as defined by the FDA. It was a good presentation that included some slides with examples. On the closing Julie presented the “Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Want To Engage In Design Control”, listed below:

10. Keeps you in regulatory compliance.
9.   Potentially reduces design cost.
8.   Potentially reduces design time.
7.   Enables better change control.
6.   Enables faster clearance / approval.
5.   Decreases likelihood of rework/redesign.
4.   Decrease adverse events.
3.   Decreases complaints.
2.   Instills pride in making quality products.
1.   Increases revenue potential which increases job security, raises the chance to receive a bonus, could lead to a bigger bonus, and increases stock price.

2010-12-04: Galveston, Texas – ASQ Holiday Event

Member leaders from the Greater Houston Section 1405 and Bay Area Texas Section 1422 would like to invite you, members from nearby ASQ Sections, to a holiday gathering on Saturday, December 4, 2010, in Galveston, Texas. The 2010 Holiday at Galveston flyer contains all of the details. The 1405 and 1422 member leaders have planned an outstanding dinner meal and speaker along with plenty of social time for visiting with everyone. As the Galveston Dickens on the Strand event is also scheduled for the same weekend, we are honored that the San Luis Resort beachfront property is offering us such a great rate at their prestigious hotel located on Galveston Island. As Dickens on the Strand is a popular event, please make your reservations early.

Please consider joining your fellow ASQ members in Galveston Texas for an enjoyable and memorable weekend. And don’t forget to bring a new, unwrapped gift for donation to Toys for Tots

Posted: 10.26.2010

2010-10-13: With the Best of Intentions …

Dr. Robert K. Henderson

Robert K. Henderson, MS and PhD degrees in Mathematical Statistics from Southern Methodist University and MBA from the University of Delaware, hold a session talking about that we have all probably experienced a situation where we did what we fully believed was the most appropriate thing to do only to have it later revealed to us that perhaps it was not quite on the mark. Despite our best intentions for our initial actions, the results were less than expected or desired. This talk discussed several scenarios with situations involving the establishment of systems or approaches to manage product quality within manufacturing organizations, with emphasis in the incorrect use of statistical process control (SPC) while management was thinking the customized SPC was helping them to be a better run company. Attendants found that presentation very exciting and eye opening.

A copy of Dr. Henderson’s presentation can be found here:  With the Best of Intentions …

October 13, 2010

2010-09-08: “Lean Six Sigma: Beyond the Project to a Business Management System”

Forrest Breyfogle
Forrest Breyfogle

Forrest Breyfogle, CEO and President of Smarter Solutions, Inc, ASQ Fellow, and author if 11 books, including a 4-book series on the Integrated Enterprise Excellence System (i.e., going Beyond Lean Six Sigma and the Balanced Scorecard) conducted the presentation “Lean Six Sigma: Beyond the Project to a Business Management System.” This session was a very engaging activity that captured the attention of a large group of Quality professionals that attended to this meeting. The reviews of this talk were all very positive. The material used for this presentation can be found at the Smarter Solutions website


ASQ Event 9/8/10

Wednesday – September 8, 2010.  Monthly Section Meeting

Lean Six Sigma: Beyond the Project to a Business Management System

Forrest BreyfoglePresented by Forrest W. Breyfogle III President and CEO, Smarter Solutions, Inc.

Organizations have gained much from Lean and Six Sigma project improvement efforts; however, these efforts did not prevent the occurrence of our current economic crisis. Lean Six Sigma, Total Quality Management (TQM), and other process improvement efforts have helped organizations improve; however, these efforts often occur in silos, where the benefits are not felt at the big picture executive level. Because of this, when financial times get tough Lean Six Sigma programs often find that their efforts are being downsized and that both Black Belt and Master Black Belt process improvement practitioners are being laid off.

Lean conference presentations can describe how all company associates are involved in a continuing effort to identify and resolve waste-reduction problems; i.e., overproduction, waiting, transportation, inventory, over-processing, motion, and defects. Even though there can be significant benefits from these efforts, Lean practitioner conversations at those same conferences can be describing how their organization eliminated much operational waste only to find that executive management decided to close their facility.

One might ask why executive management would close a facility if such a great job was done reducing waste. The reason is that a hunt-for-areas-to-improve approach can lead to much silo improvement effort without major emphasis being given to improve the true Theory of Constraints (TOC) bottleneck. For example, process improvement efforts should be focusing on improving the sales and marketing processes (the system constraint) if manufacturing has the capability of producing significantly more products than are currently in demand. A business example of a company that won many Shingo Prize accolades for their Lean efforts but continues to have serious financial problems is Delphi.

Integrated Enterprise Excellence (IEE) is a re-invention of our current business system that provides the framework for moving toward the 3 Rs of business. Incorporated in IEE is an Enterprise process Define-Measure-Analyze-Improve-Control (E-DMAIC) roadmap.

Described in this presentation are the nine logic steps associated with execution of the E-DMAIC system where strategy creation is step five and incorporates a blending of analytics with innovation for this planning creation. The IEE business management governance system has a metric improvement need pull system for the creation of Project DMAIC (P-DMAIC) improvement efforts, which truly integrate Lean and Six Sigma tools in the roadmap’s execution and benefit the business as a whole upon completion.

Forrest Breyfogle is the CEO and President of Smarter Solutions, Inc.   Mr. Breyfogle is an ASQ Fellow who has authored 11 books, including a 4-book series on the Integrated Enterprise Excellence System (i.e., going Beyond Lean Six Sigma and the Balanced Scorecard).

2010-07-17: Region 14A Member Leader Training

Region 14A Member Leader Training Attendants
Region 14A Member Leader Training Attendants

This successful ASQ Section 14A Leadership was conducted on July 17, 2010. John Hartzler, section 1414 chair, introduced Belinda Chavez, ASQ Section 14 Director, and Cynthia Nazario, ASQ Community Development administrator. In this way the event was officially opened. Belinda provided updates on the latest structure within ASQ Headquarters and the expectations HQ has from the Sections. Cynthia went through the ASQ web site and the Member Leader Area as well as SharePoint features. Lastly Belinda and Cynthia went through the roles of various Member Leaders including the Section Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, and Membership Chair as time permitted towards the end of the day. The talk that Mac McGuire gave was very interesting and well received by those in attendance.