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

(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.

Normality in SPC

I've never been one to worry too much about normality of data.  Here's a tremendous article explaining why it isn't particularly important for control charts. https://www.qualitydigest.com/inside/statistics-column/normality-myth-090819.html

Interesting Perspective on Risk-Based Auditing

Although likely intended for financial auditors, a lot of the advice is also relevant for quality auditors. https://internalaudit360.com/conducting-risk-assessments-the-total-quality-auditing-way/

Articles on Analytics for Auditors

I've done webinars and written articles on how analytics could be used by quality auditors.  Here are a couple of good articles giving more detail, albeit related to financial or IT audits.  However, the concepts and techniques are applicable in any field where there...

Is This Effective Risk Management?

Another good webinar (no, not mine) on how what many believe to be best practices in risk management are not really so good.  

Wow … what a summer!

And I'm not talking about the weather.  Our new RCA/CAPA course for medical device manufacturers has gotten great reviews.  And the next book in the pipeline is on risk management.  Even though I've reduced my travel workload there's still lots on the plate. I've also...

Four Times What?

I have a love-hate relationship with news, advertising, etc. messages.  They are so often conjecture, biased, inaccurate, etc.  Given the lack of critical thinking of the average human being it's no wonder so many people are in some sort of financial or other...

Week of Risk

Training with Air Force on Risk Based Quality Audits went great, and as I experienced with the USPS, they are far ahead of many industries in already applying the concepts. Of course, being in Vegas didn't hurt, nor did the opportunity to drive a Nissan GT-R at 137...

An Interesting Perspective on Follow-up Audits

If your organization consistently does follow-up audits related to findings of previous audits you might find this article by the president of the Institute of Internal Auditors useful to peruse.

GRC versus IRM

Well it's good to see Gartner admit that the GRC market was a bust ... basically just selling software for managing lists of 1) regulations, etc. organizations must comply with, 2) risks associated with not effectively meeting them them, and 3) controls for managing...

Copyright © 2002-2019 Aplomet.com. All Rights Reserved.

Website Design by David Walker Designs