Audit Conference

Please join me in attending the ASQ Audit Division Conference on October 7-8, 2010 at the Hilton in the Walt Disney Resort in Orlando, FL.

The theme for the conference focuses on auditing as a pivotal tool to improve business performance through value-added, effective negotiation and decision making. The goal is to expose auditors with various levels of experience to the tools and applications of quality improvement; to the impact of auditing on overall business performance; and to expecting the unexpected, thereby paving the way to business excellence.

I am pleased to have been selected as a conference speaker again this year. My presentation will be on Thursday, October 7 at 1:45 PM and is titled, “Are Checklists Dead?”. For an overview of my session, see the abstract below. I hope to see you at the conference.

Are you considering use of an audit checklist? Have you been told they are no longer recommended and may even cause audits to be ineffective? Before deciding checklists are really dead, attend this session to learn about a different type of checklist – one without canned questions limited to the requirements of a standard; instead, a checklist with an answer key of expected evidence.

Have you discontinued use of audit checklists? After attending this session, you might want to reconsider that decision. Your checklist may have been the wrong type to be an effective tool. See examples of how a checklist can use the information from a process diagram, as well as, the plan-do-check-act methodology, to identify the key requirements from all applicable sources.

For more information about the audit conference, go to this Audit Conference web site.