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A QualitEvolution is intended to capture positions and experiences as a participant in the evolution of the Quality profession into the 21st century. From its origins as the brainchild of Corporate Industrial Statisticians, our profession has transformed and evolved to incorporate and adapt to the demands and expectations of our modern existence.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Recommended Reading - ASQ Open Access Articles

The latest post from View From The Q highlighted a collection of quality books that every professional should have within their library.  With respect to this list, I personally prefer the 4th edition of Juran's Quality Control Handbook to the 6th edition of Juran's Quality Handbook, largely because the earlier versions included more specific tactical quality engineering and statistical techniques and references.

Everyone will have their own opinions and preferences.  Three immediate additions to my list include Rapid Development by Steve McConnell, Software Engineering: A Practitioner's Approach by Roger Pressman, and The Customer-Driven Company by Richard Whiteley.

As source of quality content that complements these books, I have discovered the benefit of referring to the Open Access articles from ASQ Journals.  According to the Magazines and Journals page at ASQ's website, selected articles are made available in every issue.

An example of this is in the current issue of ASQ's Quality Management Journal.  An article linking Social Responsibility to Quality is available for free review.

I encourage ASQ Members and Quality practitioners to explore the Open Access articles within all of the ASQ journals.  This represents the current thought-leadership within the society.  Articles are more current and timely, and extend the breadth of knowledge beyond the limits of a textbook or reference material.  Articles often include case studies or dissertation summaries which support the hypothesis with actual proven evidence.

The world’s largest publisher of quality related products, ASQ offers eight peer-reviewed journals and magazines covering a wide range of topics. 
Who has access?
  • Subscribers to any journal receive print issues for the subscription year plus online access to past issues
  • ASQ full, senior, fellow, and honorary members receive:
    • Quality Progress print subscription, plus online access to past issues
    • Online access to articles published before 2013 in the quarterly journals listed below
      (most recent issues are reserved for subscribers)
  • Associate and student members receive online access to current and past issues of Quality Progress
  • Organizational members and individuals linked to an organizational membership receive electronic access to current and past issues of all journals and magazines
  • All visitors can read sample open-access articles, browse journal and magazine tables of contents, and
    search all articles by publication, keyword, date, and more
Additional open-access and member-benefit publications are also available from topic- and industry-focused
forums and divisions.
Follow the links below to subscribe to a publication or explore division/forum content offerings.
Or join ASQ today for access to the most content.


Quality Process
Quality Progress
ASQ’s flagship publication, read by more people than any other magazine on quality, features in-depth articles describing the application of innovative methods. Topics include knowledge management, process improvement, and organizational behavior.


Journal for Quality and Participation
Journal for Quality and Participation
Offers in-depth, comprehensive articles about employee involvement, teamwork, leadership, change management, and more.
Journal of Quality Technology
Journal of Quality Technology
Covers the technical aspects of quality control, reliability, and related disciplines.
Quality Engineering
Quality Engineering
Co-published with Taylor & Francis, this journal examines in-depth, practical applications of quality technology for engineers.
Quality Management Journal
Quality Management Journal
A source for practical application of quality research in the broad field of management.
Six Sigma Forum Magazine
Six Sigma Forum Magazine
The first magazine addressing the specific needs of Six Sigma professionals.
Software Quality Professional
Software Quality Professional
Addresses the application of quality principles to the development and use of software and software-based systems.
Published in conjunction with the American Statistical Association, this journal focuses on statistics for the physical, chemical, and engineering sciences.