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The Cult of Statistical Significance - Simplified

The Cult of Statistical Significance – Simplified

Converge Consulting Group clients have heard us talk about the misuse of statistical significance testing, specifically, using statistical significance as a test for practical importance or material significance. This is the reason why so much employee, customer and operational research gets the answers so wrong, so often, amounting to little more, and often less, than junk

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The Decline of Health Services in Alberta

The Decline of Health Services in Alberta

The Triumph of Professional over Real Management The past 20 years have seen a steady decline in the provision of health services to Albertans. Waiting times for surgeries, diagnostic services and emergency room visits is increasing, costs are escalating and quality of care has remained constant at best. A day doesn’t go by without the

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Inspections and Audits

Inspections and Audits

Developing a cost effective approach Some organizations equate quality with the level of inspection. The greater the number of inspections, checks, audits or evaluations, the greater the level of quality that is assumed to be in the final product or service. Unfortunately for these organizations, just the opposite is true. Quality assurance is only required when processes

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Analyzing WCB Injury Rate Data

Analyzing WCB Injury Rate Data

How to properly analyze and interpret Alberta injury rate data On October 01, 2010, the Alberta Government publically released workplace injury & fatality records. This made the Province the first in Canada to release a comprehensive list.  Anyone can now access information about worksite injuries and fatalities involving more than 140,000 employers insured by the Workers

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The New Management Thinking

The New Management Thinking

Managers are being flooded by a host of management ideas and models — Six Sigma, process re-engineering, Lean Enterprise, Lean Production, operational excellence, quality management, value chain analysis, business process redesign, process outcomes management and performance measurement. Whatever else these things are intended to produce, confusion is definitely a by-product. To help work through the

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Voice of the Employee FAQ

More and more organizations are abandoning traditional survey research in favour of Voice of the Customer (VoC) or Voice of the Employee (VoE) methods. This trend has accelerated with recent attacks by the scientific/statistical community on the widespread misapplication of traditional survey research (including misuse of statistical significance) and flagrant overreaching, especially when making comparisons

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    Why products get better and service gets worse

    Posted on: 2012-07-25


    Service standards are really a means of avoiding accountability CALGARY, AB, Jul 17, 2012/Troy Media/ – Remember when getting a 100,000 miles of your car was considered a miracle of sorts? Those invited to bear witness performed the ritual of peering into the driver side window to confirm all those zeros on the odometer. The

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