About Duke

Duke is a knowledge architect specializing in quality management. He has been in private practice since 1985 working with organizations in the U.S., Aruba, Bermuda, Canada, England, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Netherlands, South Korea and Wales. He was formerly a quality professional in TRW’s automotive sector.

He has been elected Fellow of the American Society for Quality and is certified by ASQ as a manager of quality/organizational excellence, quality engineer and quality auditor.  He has taught review courses for ASQ’s CMQ/OE, CQA, CQT and CQIA certifications, and is the developer and primary instructor for the Root Cause Analysis and Measuring Organizational/Process Performance courses offered by ASQ’s Learning Institute.

Duke holds undergraduate degrees in technology and business, a masters degree in adult education, and has completed doctoral coursework in applied management and decision sciences. He has served as an adjunct university faculty member teaching statistics and management research. He is also a graduate of the international program in the Gestalt approach to organization and system development.

He is the author of three books, Root Cause Analysis: The Core of Problem Solving and Corrective Action and Performance Metrics: The Levers for Process Management, and Musings on Internal Quality Audits: Having a Greater Impact, co-editor of The Certified Quality Manager Handbook (2nd ed.), and has written numerous articles for publications such as Quality Progress, Quality World, Business Improvement Journal, APICS-The Performance Advantage, Manufacturing Engineering, The Auditor, and Quality Management Forum.

He is a frequent speaker for professional and trade audiences at the local, regional, national and international levels, including AEM, AISC, APICS, ASQ, ASTD, AITP, AOQ, IIA, IIE, IMA, ISM, NAHQ, NAPM, NCSLI, PMI, SHRM and SME. He conducts public seminars for a variety of professional societies, training organizations and universities, and has served as a examiner for the Tennessee Performance Excellence award. He has also worked as a volunteer SCORE counselor to small business.

Duke’s LinkedIn Profile

See a video of Duke in action as well as some client testimonials.

Duke in the news:

Anniversary of 26/11 Mumbia India

Alumni Award

Book signing at 2010 ASQ World Conference

Interview on Quality, Reliability and Organizational Change

A podcast on Leadership

Musings: My Blog

Design Quality

An analysis of Industry 4.0 reveals that a lot of work, both physical and cognitive, formerly done by humans will be digitized.  This means the operations aspect of those processes will be more reliable, but only if the design of the digital systems is very good....

More Risk Management Lessons (the hard way) from COVID-19

Good risk management involves monitoring leading indicators (known as KRIs, or Key Risk Indicators) that allow an organization to see that something has changed, which means the ability to respond quicker.  Obviously someone was asleep at the wheel in many places,...

Coronavirus and Root Cause Analysis

Since COVID-19 is nearly all you see/hear these days I thought I might as well do my part.  Started thinking about how the response to it is related to problems organizations face when trying to do root cause analysis.  Here are some thoughts: When a problem occurs...

A Process for Lack of Quality

If your organization screws up so often that you actually advertise that you will (sort of) fix it, you have a serious problem. See Domino's "Delivery Insurance"  They're promoting it like it's a great feature (as compared to fixing potholes).

Who Else Should They Listen To???

I loved (that's a joke) BMW's comments in this article about the big grille: https://www.autoblog.com/2019/12/17/bmw-defends-big-grille/ I'm thinking that yes, people who buy the vehicles probably are ok with the grille.  But what about all the people who DON"T buy a...

Great Keynote by Human Error Guru

Sidney Dekker is thought of as one of the top gurus relative to human error.  Here's a worthwhile video of one of his presentations.  Although it's safety-focused, it's just as applicable to quality errors. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4E-YN6hD1WU

(Trying to) Understand Human Behavior

Here's a lecture that provides a great view of why human behavior is so complex: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bnSY4L3V8s Unfortunately he doesn't take it further with recommendations on how to move people from the Us to the Them view.

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