I just got back from the ASQ 2008 World Conference on Quality and Improvement. Each year ASQ puts on a World Conference. This year the conference was in Houston and focused on Generational Diversity, Virtual Universe, Innovation / Application, Business Excellence, Knowledge Transfer, and Teams. Wow, what a lot of topics.
Yes The ASQ World Conference provides a lot of information about the quality field -- Sometimes too much disparate information. There are 10 sessions at a time plus exhibits, keynote speakers, team competitions, networking sessions, and weekend sessions for the ASQ member leaders. So much that you can only take in 20% at best.
I think the conference would be even better if they could focus on fewer topics and screen the presentations so they provided more substance. Don’t get me wrong some of the presenters are pretty good. Then again, some are not. A lot of the attendees want to hear more “how did you really do it” and not the basic dribble about “a system needs to contain blah, blah, blah”. Yes, I already know the blah part. I go to a conference to hear the meat. The real how to, case studies, or real world examples.
You can’t complain about something unless you are willing to help improve the system. So, that is what I am trying to do. I am one of the ASQ member leaders. As the St. Louis Chair for Section 1304 I am actively participating in a committee on improving education and training offerings and one on membership. Next, I am going to submit a presentation for the next conference in Minneapolis, MN in 2009 (I am thinking of doing a presentation on Lean Innovation). After that I will be the site chair for the 2010 conference being held in St. Louis, MO. Yes, that’s right we get to host the ASQ 2010 World Conference on Quality and Improvement in St. Louis.
One can’t sit idle, one has to get involved…
So, I am involved. Changing what I can. Come on by to see the results at the next ASQ World Conference in Minneapolis or the even better, come to see the results in St. Louis in 2010. I will be there looking for you.