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ASQ: A History of Quality: From Caveman to Kaizen

March 16, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

A History of Quality: From Caveman to Kaizen by By Craig “Doc” Plain, Ph.D.
What do astronomical studies of the moon, Guinness stout, and General Douglas McArthur all have in common? They are all key elements in the development of the conglomeration of what we call Quality. The history of quality is filled with quirky chronicles that have led to the tools and methods we use. Learn the stories behind the philosophy of quality; from the first standardized measurements using the body parts of royalty, to discussion of the gurus of quality, and the golf bet that propelled Six Sigma to the forefront of Process Improvement.
This presentation will:

  • Give an overview of the evolution of Quality
  • Describe the key players in the progression of quality
  • Illustrate the development of key quality tools

One should understand and appreciate the history of one’s field. In the words of Michael Crichton, “If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree.”
Length: Normally runs 60 minutes
Format: Virtual Presentation/Lecture.
Learner Level: Basic. This is an introduction to the topic; no previous knowledge of topic is needed.

About Speaker
Craig “Doc” Plain, Ph.D. is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, an award-winning Speaker, a Shingo Prize Winner, a retired Lieutenant Colonel, and a lifelong doodler. Doc has over 20 years of process improvement experience having facilitated over 200 improvement events for General Electric, US Air Force, US Navy, Kaiser Permanente, DaVita, and more. He’s led process improvement programs for international companies and organizations up to 74,000 people. He shares his knowledge and experience by teaching at both Graduate and Undergraduate programs. Doc’s been a keynote speaker, given Ignite Talks, and has presented at numerous conferences and seminars.

Date & Time
Wednesday March 16th, 2022 5:00pm CDT
End Date & Time
Wednesday March 16th, 2022 7:00pm CDT
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March 16, 2022
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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