The Good, The Bad, and The Beautiful: A Brief History of Quality

Wednesday April 22, 2015 @ 6:00 PM

Come join SCQAA-SF and Bill Bellows, Associate Fellow in the InThinking Network at Aeroject Rocketdyne as he discusses the topic of quality, its history, its implications and the importance of managing it. Please click here to register.

The word “quality” has Latin roots, beginning as “qualitas,” coined by Roman philosopher and statesman Marcus Tullius Cicero, who introduced his fellow Romans to the vocabulary of qualitas, quantitas, humanitas, and essentia. While Plato invented the phrase poiotes for use by his peers, Cicero spoke of qualitas with his peers when focusing on the property of an object, rather than its quantitas or quantity. Two-thousand years later, when writing The New Economics, W. Edwards Deming wrote, “The basic problem anywhere is quality. What is quality? A product or service possesses quality if it helps somebody and enjoys a good and sustainable market.” As with Cicero, Deming saw quality as a property.

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Speaker Bio:
Bill Bellows is an Associate Fellow in the InThinking Network at Aerojet Rocketdyne in Canoga Park, CA, where he is known for his efforts to provide insights to the advantages of thinking together, learning together, and working together. While integrating the thinking of W. Edwards Deming into Genichi Taguchi’s design system, he’s been a pioneer in developing ideas that include Mixed Model Management, Macro System Models, Micro System Models, Purposeful ResourceLeadership, Category & Continuum Thinking, and Investment Thinking. Audiences for his classes have also reached after-school programs in elementary schools, graduate students at Northwestern University, as well as corporate university, and public classes across the United Kingdom. Bill earned his BS, MS, and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.

Away from work he serves as president of the In2: InThinking Network, and serves on the board of the W. Edwards Deming Institute and Volunteers of America-Los Angeles Chapter. He also serves as a columnist and editorial board member of the Lean management Journal.

Food will be served and cost for registration is $10. Please click here to register.