Quality Progress - July 2016 - (Page 5)

UPFRONT QP QUALITY PROGRESS Lesson Plan Kick-start your career with certifications LAST MONTH, I visited Washington, D.C., to attend my industry association's premier event, Association Media & Publishing's Annual Conference. While there, I attended the association's Excel Awards, which honors the best work from the association publishing world. Receiving an Excel Award is one of the greatest achievements you can attain in this profession, and that feather in your cap can add great credibility to your résumé and LinkedIn profile. On top of that, there's a plaque that you can proudly display in your office. The award leaves no doubt that you're a winner. Associations, in general, have their own respective award or recognition programs, and ASQ is no exception. The difference with ASQ, though, is that you get something DIRECTOR OF KNOWLEDGE PRODUCTS Seiche Sanders ASSOCIATE EDITOR Mark Edmund ASSISTANT EDITOR Tyler Gaskill CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Lynsey Hart MANUSCRIPT COORDINATOR Valerie Ellifson COPY EDITOR Susan E. Daniels ART DIRECTOR Mary Uttech GRAPHIC DESIGNER more valuable and sustaining than a shiny plaque-you get knowledge. And with knowl- Sandy Wyss edge comes power. That is what ASQ certifications are meant to do. PRODUCTION Earning ASQ certifications can be challenging. I've heard from readers who were discouraged and stressed, or who simply gave up after trying and failing a couple of times. Failing isn't fun, especially when you feel you should know the subject matter like the back of your hand. This month, we've got your back. In "A Quick Study," p. 16, learn about how project management techniques can be put to use in building a study plan to help you pass a certification exam. In particular, using a prioritization matrix, Bloom's Taxonomy and a work breakdown structure can be great tools to organize and focus on the material you must know. Author Kristy Kistner writes that this extra effort can pay big dividends at the end of the study process, just like it did for her. "Being adequately prepared helped me overcome test anxiety and feel comfortable on exam day." Two other feature articles in this issue make the case for pursuing certifications: In "Clear Pathway," p. 22, the authors answer commonly asked questions for those who may be hesitant about investing time and effort into these career-advancing opportunities. Cathy Milquet ADVERTISING PRODUCTION Barbara Mitrovic DIGITAL PRODUCTION SPECIALISTS Julie Stroik Julie Wagner MEDIA SALES Naylor LLC Lou Brandow Krys D'Antonio Nicholas Manis Norbert Musial Erin Pande MEDIA SALES ADMINISTRATOR Kathy Thomas MARKETING ADMINISTRATOR Matt Meinholz EDITORIAL OFFICES In "Pulling It All Together," p. 28, the author covers many of the ins and outs of profes- Phone: 414-272-8575 Fax: 414-272-1734 sional certifications-in particular, ASQ's offerings-and the payoff that waits for those ADVERTISING OFFICES individuals who achieve these special recognitions. Phone: 866-277-5666 ASQ ADMINISTRATION In related news, ASQ recently announced plans to transition its certification testing to a computer-based process. So starting in September, no more paper and pencils-just computers. The change will allow for quicker results, enhanced security, additional testing days and something that's always music to the ears of quality professionals: a more streamlined process. Visit http://asq.org/cbt to study up on more details about this exciting development. QP . QP CEO William J. Troy Senior Leadership Andrew Baines Michael Barry Kalleen Bruch Lynelle Korte Brian J. LeHouillier Dick Palmersheim Shontra Powell To promote discussion of issues in the field of quality and ensure coverage of all responsible points of view, Quality Progress publishes articles representing conflicting and minority views. Opinions expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily of ASQ or Quality Progress. Use of the ASQ logo in advertisements does not necessarily constitute endorsement of that particular product or service by ASQ. July 2016 * QP 5 http://www.asq.org/cbt

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Quality Progress - July 2016

Up Front
LogOn
Expert Answers
Keeping Current
Mr. Pareto Head
A Quick Study
Clear Pathway
Pulling It All Together
Dead or Alive
Innovation Imperative
Measure for Measure
Quality in the First Person
Career Corner
Standards Outlook
ASQ's Continuing Education and Profesional Development Directory
QP Toolbox
QP Reviews
One Good Idea
Back to Basics

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