ASQ Conference Recap–Day One

Yesterday was the first full day of the ASQ Worldwide Quality Conference.

They actually had a conference kickoff Sunday night with the opening of the Exhibit Hall.

If you have never been to a an ASQ Worldwide conference, let me recommend you plan to attend one–next year will be in Nashville TN. There are many vendors present and over 2,000 attendees fill the conference halls.

The hotel for this year’s conference is uber awesome. Of course, that come with a price–a beer, for instance, at the opening as $8! However, the location is top notch.

Eric Wahl kicked off the conference. All I knew is that he was a “graffiti artist” so I questioned what message he would bring. WOW. If you haven’t seen him on a TED Talk, look him up. I also recommend following him on LinkedIn and Twitter. He was awesome!

As usual, the conference presentations, for the most part, are pretty good. You have so many choices that you would be hard pressed not to find something you wanted to hear.

Being a Service Quality Division member with ASQ, I was invited to their annual meeting lunch. Let me tell you that the food at the lunch was terrific. This was the first division activity I have attended and it was good. I didn’t know the division was doing everything they were doing, so it was enlightening.

I also received a great demo on Sigma Brew, a Six Sigma simulation from Moresteam. That was really interesting and I can’t wait to see more in the future. I am really impressed with their Engine Room and look forward to when Engine Room and Traction is one integrated system.

Our conference was cut short at the start of our last session–one I was looking forward to–because of a fire alarm in the hotel. Since we are staying at the Marriott down the street, we ended up leaving before the fire trucks even showed up.

I’m looking forward to another great day at the conference sans fire alarms!


About johnrknotts
John Knotts is a results-oriented business professional leader, manager, and supervisor with experience from the military, small business, several nonprofits, and is currently a management consultant. Working out of the San Antonio, Texas, he retired from the Air Force in July 2008 and worked with Booz Allen Hamilton from the end of October 2008 to December 2011. Now he is a Strategic Business Adviser with USAA. John leads large and small strategic transformations and has extensive experience in the areas of change management, strategic planning, process improvement, strategic communication and marketing, strategic human capital and resource management, education and training, facilitation, organizational design and development, modeling and simulation, financial and budget analysis, activity based costing and management, quality management, competitive sourcing and privatization, leadership development, and business development.

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