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					         April 2010

         In this issue                     April 8th Dinner Meeting
         April 8th Dinner Meeting
                                           Is An Integrated Business System Practical?
         May 13th Dinner Meeting

         Northwest Quality &               John Graham
         Improvement Conference
                                           John will review his experience in assisting companies with integrating all of their business
         Alaska Cruise Session at Sea      processes into one comprehensive management system. He will demonstrate how the various
         AMCOM Show                        business processes (including service organization processes) can be organized around
                                           fulfilling the company’s mission. When properly integrated and focused on the company’s
         New Certifications                mission/purpose, the collection of processes work together to establish a collective common
                                           sense approach to carrying out the company’s business.
         Certification prep courses
                                           Join us for the April meeting at the Coast Bellevue Hotel. Event details • Reservations due by 5:00
         PSEC Mentors Needed               p.m. Monday, April 5th for the early-bird discount rate: $25.
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         Dues Discount for
                                           May 13th Dinner Meeting
         Unemployed Members

         CMMI Training                     Risk-Based Continuous Improvement
         WCQI 2010
                                           Gary L Howell • Shield Technology, LLC
         Upcoming Exam Dates and
         Application Deadlines
                                           All companies balance risk and opportunity. Learn how to provide continuous improvement
                                           that improves opportunity and minimizes risk at the same time. Whether in the highly
                                           regulated industries of health care and aerospace or the less regulated industries like
         The Nominations                   automotive, continuous improvement requires understanding of how well your product/service
         Process has begun!                is performing its intended mission, how risk is being created, and if adverse consequence or
                                           harm is being manifested. Read more...
         We are opening the
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         process for the 2010-2011
         year! The leadership team of      2010 ASQ Northwest Quality & Improvement Conference
         Seattle Section of ASQ meets
         once a month and we are           Friday, April 23, 2010 • Vancouver, Washington
         FUN! We are CONNECTED!
         And we can make a
                                           Quality in an Emerging Economy is the theme for the ASQ Vancouver Section's second
         difference together! Want an
                                           annual spring conference. Peter Andres, ASQ President, will be the keynote speaker. Two
         opportunity to develop your
                                           concurrent sets of education sessions will run throughout the day. At the lunchtime break
         leadership skills - this is it!
                                           Elizabeth Lions will present data and strategies for job seekers and small businesses.
         Email Laura Kinney if you want
         to volunteer or have someone      Download the flyer with all the details. This is an excellent opportunity to build your knowledge
         you would like to nominate.       and skills and network with ASQ colleagues in the Vancouver/Portland area. The cost is
         We can find a place for your      $100/person. Registration deadline: April 15, 2010.
         passion. Positions start in
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         Twitter                          Alaska Quality Cruise
         Follow ASQ on Twitter at this    Aug 14-21, 2010
         link: http://twitter.com
         /ASQSeattle. Stay up to date
                                          You won't want to miss this Professional Development "Seminar at Sea" co-hosted by the ASQ
         with the latest news, events
                                          Ft Worth Section and the HD&L Division. You will enjoy an 8-day cruise with time for family,
         and training from your local
                                          friends, and associates and 2 full days of knowledge acquisition worth 2.0 RUs towards
         quality resource.
                                          recertification.

                                          Anyone can sign up for the cruise: members, family, friends, work associates, church/social
         Networking                       group members. You could have a reunion, a business meeting, or any other kind of
                                          get-together. Children are welcome.
         Your professional                Ports of Call include Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, & Prince Rupert BC, with cruising in a glacial
         network is more                  bay on the Norwegian Star departing from and returning to Seattle. Download the flyer for all
         important than                   the details, or email John Breckline. Registration deadline: April 16, 2010.
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         Attending your local ASQ       Volunteer at AmCon--Earn Recertification Credits
         section events provides one of
         the best ways to connect with Registration is open for the Seattle (Bellevue) AmCon Contract Manufacturing Expo. We need
         like-minded professionals and volunteers to staff the ASQ booth April 13-14, 2010. You'll earn recertification credit for 3-4
         resources. When you attend     hours of service. Contact: Art Moss. Info about the show...
         an ASQ-Seattle event, you
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         broaden your network and
         your knowledge.
                                          Two New Certifications Poised for Release
                                          ASQ will offer new Lean and Master Black Belt certifications in the coming months. The Lean
         Mark your calendar               certification has three levels: bronze certification emphasizes the tactical aspects; silver is
                                          based on integration of Lean; and the gold focuses on Lean's strategic facets. The first
         Network and learn                administration of the Lean certification exam will be May 23rd, before the ASQ World
                                          Conference on Quality and Improvement. The Master Black Belt certification is currently being
         Plan to network during the       finalized by the ASQ Certification Board.
         ASQ Seattle Section dinner
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         meetings and learn from a
         carefully screened speaker.
         Mark your calendar for the
                                          Certification Prep Courses
         second Thursday of every
         month from September             Quality Auditor and Six Sigma Green Belt Prep Courses start
         through May.                     April 3rd
                                          We developed these courses to prepare quality professionals to take the American Society for
                                          Quality Certified Quality Auditor (CQA) and Certified Six Sigma Green Belt (CSSGB)
                                          examination. The courses are built on the ASQ Body of Knowledge for each discipline, and
                                          include practice tests.

                                          CQA Prep Course
                                          8 Saturdays, April 3 to May 22 • 1 – 5 pm at North Seattle Community College

                                                                                      Register

                                          CSSGB Certification Prep Course
                                          6 Saturdays, April 24 – May 29 • 9 – noon at North Seattle Community College

                                                                                      Register

                                          If you are already certified, this is a great opportunity to refresh your current skills and earn
                                          recertification units.

                                          A combination of home study and classroom learning, the courses will be completed before the




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         next CQA and CSSGB exams on June 6, 2010.

         NOTE: We're looking for qualified Instructors. Email Education Chair Adina Suciu if you are
         interested.
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         Puget Sound Engineering Council (PSEC) Opportunity
         We are looking a Volunteer for new position as a "Mentor Coordinator." The volunteer will
         encourage ASQ members to participate in PSEC Mentoring events. PSEC works with the
         Uuniversity of Washington and several local Community Colleges by providing Engineering
         Professionals as Mentors to High School and College students. This effort has the support of
         ASQ National.
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         Unemployed Member Dues
         Unemployed ASQ members receive a discount on their membership dues based on consecutive
         years of membership.

          Consecutive Years of Membership     Dues Discount

          1-4 years                           50%

          5 years or more                     100%


         Eligibility Criteria

                You must be a Full, Senior, or Fellow member.
                Any years as a Forum, Associate, or enrolled student do not qualify.
                You may submit this application only after being unemployed for at least 90 days.
                You must be actively seeking employment.
                Retired or self-employed members are not eligible. ASQ offers a similar benefit for
                retired members.

         Benefits

                Your basic membership dues for the current membership year will be paid or partially
                paid by ASQ. Basic membership dues exclude additional Forums and Divisions, journals,
                and additional Sections (Seniors and Fellows—you keep your extra benefit of choice).
                You may participate in the program for no more than two years in your membership
                lifetime. You must complete an application for the second year of participation.
                After renewing your membership, please visit Careers in Quality to search for jobs, apply
                for positions online, and post your resume for employers to view.
         More information or to apply
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         Employment Resources

         Post an opening
         Companies can post job opportunities on our site. Check out the current ones here.

         Post your resume
         You can post your resume on our site. Companies and recruiters look here for quality
         professionals.
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         Special Offer on CMMI Training in Seattle
         This Capability Maturity Model Integration-Development (CMMI-DEV) course provides software
         and related management and support professionals with fundamental concepts for staged and
         continuous representation of the CMMI-DEV model, providing time for exercises, questions,
         and real-world process improvement examples.

         This three-day introduction to CMMI-DEV is offered to professional groups and corporations
         only through SEI and its licensed partners.

         David Walker will teach the course. Walker has developed a stellar teaching reputation within
         the software industry. Additionally, students will receive several bonus materials for taking this
         course through ASQ. These are listed below.

         Students Receive

               CMMI: Guidelines for Process Integration and Product Improvement, Second Edition
               Course materials

         Bonus Materials

               Another excellent book, CMMI Survival Guide: Just Enough Process Improvement
               CMMI wall poster
               CMMI quick reference card
               Course completion certificate (upon successful completion)

         ASQ Member Price: $1350
         Nonmember Price: $1500

         Date: May 5-7, 2010

         Registration link
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         Anything is possible if we expand the reach of quality.

         Join us in St. Louis in 2010 to meet today's challenges and
         build tomorrow's confidence.
               Learn new and classic quality tools, methodologies, and techniques.
               Network with more than 1,500 attendees and exhibitors.
               Benchmark best practices in the International Team Excellence Award Process.

         Think about it. Mandatory quality practices and methodologies
         could:
               Prevent food recalls by requiring HACCP certifications and ISO standards.
               Save lives by reducing patient errors.
               Save jobs by reducing waste and the costs associated with it.
               Increase student achievement by implementing continuous improvement tools.

         These companies met their challenges. Are you ready to meet
         yours?
               A rapid response team approach and tools reduced scrap caused by process damage,




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                leading to an annual capacity increase of over 14 million goods.
                Lean Six Sigma techniques eliminated patient bottlenecks, provided timely treatment of
                high acuity patients, and provided safe management of increased patient volumes - all
                at a cost avoidance of $1.5 million.

         Keynote Speakers
         Alan Mullally • President and CEO, Ford Motor Company
         Robert Stephens • Founder and Chief Inspector, Geek Squad
         Terry Jones • Founder and Former CEO, Travelocity

         Register on the ASQ WCQI web page.
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         Upcoming Exam Dates
         Go to the Certification & Exams page for details and links to information about Exam sittings held
         here and at various national conferences, including the World Conference on Quality and
         Improvement. Exams are also shown by date & location at:
         http://www.asq.org/certification/dates.html


         May 23, 2010: World Conference on Quality and Improvement,
         St Louis, MO
         Application Deadline--April 2, 2010
         All exams will be available at this conference, beginning Monday, May 24th.

         The next local Exam offerings are scheduled for June 6th. Application deadline: April
         16th. Contact: Art Moss

         October 2, 2010 Exam--Application deadline is now August 6th,
         2010
         Note: The Exam Date has been changed. Biomedical Auditor, HACCP Auditor, Manager of
         Quality/Organizational Excellence, Quality Inspector, Reliability Engineer, & Six Sigma Black
         Belt. Apply online.

         Certifications are a powerful addition to one's resume
         Certification is a powerful résumé-building tool you can use to advance your career. ASQ offers
         a variety of certification programs to meet your needs. In a tough economic climate, it is
         important for you to improve your value to your employer and the job market.
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