A bamboo forest in Kyoto, Japan. (Image Credit: Nicole Radziwill)
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR
Our first newsletter is a milestone for the Innovation Division of ASQ. A special thanks goes to Nicole Radziwill, our newsletter editor, for bringing this together.
Another milestone for the Division was achieved at this year’s World Conference. We were recognized as the Division with the highest percentage of certified members! That speaks to the very high knowledge and competence level we have in the division.
Please note that our Innovation Division Conference in Charlottesville, Virginia will soon be upon us. Jane Keathley has been working hard with Kevin Groth and Sarah Rosebruck in the Blue Ridge Section (1108) finalizing the program.
The Conference starts on September 19th with a reception on the Friday evening, with concurrent sessions on Saturday, and a half day workshop on Sunday. You can register online. With the Early Bird Special of only $199 this is truly an outstanding value.
As we hit the 600 mark for membership (and move towards our first thousand) we are gradually building the infrastructure we need to operate as an effective division, and to give you as a member what you need in terms of knowledge about the exciting and growing field of Innovation. We rely so much on the officers in our core innovation team, and with 2016 approaching fast please let me know if you are interested in being a core team member. Ian Meggarrey is our Chair Elect, and as he takes on the role of chair in 2016 we will need to fill his role of managing the division website. There are many other opportunities if you are interested in joining the core innovation team.
Wishing you success in our World of Innovation.
Chair, ASQ Innovation Division
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CALLS FOR PARTICIPATION
+ Attend the 2015 ASQ Innovation Division Conference in Charlottesville, VA (September 18-20, 2015)
+ What is the PAR Innovation Award? Find out how you can get involved
+ Become a Guest Blogger for Quality & Innovation
+ Contribute an Article or Announcement for the Next Newsletter
+ Join the Division!
ARTICLES AND BOOK REVIEWS
+ Dr. Deming on Joy of Work, Innovation, and Leadership (by Tanmay Vora, @tnvora on Twitter)
+ The Innovation Think Tank Executive Summary
+ Why is Innovation “Quality for Tomorrow”?
+ Book Review: The Innovation Book by Max McKeown
+ On the Web: http://asq.org/innovation-group/
+ On Twitter: https://twitter.com/asqinnovation
+ On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPebRUdPsYPszn0yOZmNiag/
Want to get together with other people passionate about quality and innovation? In 2015 the ASQ Innovation Division hosts its third annual conference, following an inaugural meeting in Sacramento in 2013, and a very successful 2nd meeting in Toronto in September 2014 that brought approximately 80 attendees together for talks and networking. We look forward to an even more dynamic and inspiring time together at the end of this summer in Virginia! Topics will include innovation culture, managing innovation, innovation in processes, statistics and innovation, how to innovate in established organizations, and the pathway from quality to innovation. See the complete flyer here: 2015 3rd ASQ IC Flyer
Although the call for presentations is now closed, the registration form for the conference is available at http://asq.org/innovation-group/about/2015-innovation-conference-registration-form.html?shl=116820
What is the PAR Innovation Award? Find Out!
Did you know that your Section, Division, or LCM can be recognized for its innovative initiatives? The ASQ Performance Award and Recognition (PAR) Program includes an Innovation Award for member units who use new information and knowledge in ways that benefit their members. Introduced in 2014, the award is intended to encourage increased member value through innovations, expand innovation process expertise, and share innovation efforts with other member units.
Applications are developed by the member unit and describe the unit’s problem or opportunity and how it was identified, how new information was used to come up potential solutions, how the solutions were narrowed down to a final selection, how that solution was developed and then how it was deployed. The applications are submitted to a judges’ panel for review and scoring. Each submitting unit receives a feedback report from the judges, and awards are based on the judges’ assessments. The applications are then shared with other members by posting on the ASQ website.
Seven member units were recognized in the 2014 cycle of the award:
Silver Innovation Award – Portland Section 0607
Bronze Innovation Award – Greater Fort Worth Section 1416
- Reliability Division
- Merrimack Valley Section 0102
- Orange Empire Section 0701
- Akron-Canton Section 0810
- Greater Atlanta Section 1502
Applying for an Innovation Award is a great way to stimulate innovative thinking in your member unit, learn more about the innovation process, and share your ‘lessons learned’ with others in ASQ. What is your member unit doing that is outside-the-box, unusual, or revolutionary??? Consider applying for the PAR Innovation Award!
Contributed by Jane Keathley