Promoting interdisciplinary research at QPRC 2015

The Quality & Productivity Research Conference is about to take place in our backyard (so to speak) at the School of Textiles at North Carolina State University. And it includes a field trip to our front yard. The theme of the meeting is Creativity and Innovation for a Connected World. […]

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Coming in JMP 12: Process Capability

Process capability analysis is an essential part of Six Sigma and many other quality initiatives that are used in a wide variety of industries. It assesses how well a stable process is performing relative to its specifications and helps quality practitioners understand the current state of their process so they […]

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Extending Capability Animation with an add-in: Interactively exploring the impact of proposed process changes

In quality improvement, it’s common to talk about the "voice of the process" (intrinsic variation in the outputs of an in-control process) and the "voice of the customer" (specification limits that express the range of output values customers will not be unhappy with). A capability analysis compares these two "voices," […]

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7 things to love about JMP Clinical 5.0

New versions of JMP Clinical and Genomics are available starting today, so I wanted to take the opportunity to give a brief overview of some of the new features you’ll come to enjoy with the new release of JMP Clinical 5.0. Below are seven things to love! 1. Risk-Based Monitoring […]

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Risk-based monitoring: Let's start with the data

To begin our discussions on risk-based monitoring (RBM), we first need to start with the data. The data include various metrics to assess site performance, and may include several key measures of safety such as deaths and adverse events (to assess safety concerns or under-reporting). But where to start? These […]

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Celebrating statisticians: W. Edwards Deming

As part of the International Year of Statistics, this month we celebrate the American statistician, consultant, author and a founding father of quality management, Dr. W. Edwards Deming. If you’ve taken a course in quality management, continuous improvement or industrial statistics, you’ve no doubt been introduced to Deming and his […]

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My, how quality has changed!

Since I took my degree in engineering in the late 1980s, things have changed dramatically in the world of quality. The Six Sigma strategy was developed in 1986, with Total Quality Management (TQM) in its infancy by the turn of the decade. In the intervening years, engineers have been deluged […]

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"Quality time" with the Ramírez family

Award-winning authors Brenda Ramírez and José G. Ramírez were our guests for the March installment of Analytically Speaking. If you missed their webcast, it’s now available on demand. During the interview, they discussed how traditional quality techniques – when updated with the latest advances in analytics and data visualization – […]

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2 great minds in 1 quality webcast

They say great minds think alike. We’ve also heard that two heads are better than one. Well, in the case of husband and wife Brenda and José Ramírez, two great minds have combined to develop and teach highly successful, modern quality practices. Deploying traditional techniques such as those developed by […]

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Quality by Design (QbD) using JMP

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with course developer and JMP instructor Heath Rushing to talk about his new course “Quality by Design (QbD) Using JMP Software.” This course focuses on how to establish a systematic approach to pharmaceutical development that is defined by Quality-by-Design principles using design […]

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