ASQ Section 0511 September 2008 Meeting Announcement

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September, 17 September 2008

Amphora Restaurant

Herndon, VA

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Establishing a Corporate Quality Center of Excellence

Anita Carlos

  • Ms Carlos graduated from the Texas A&M in Mathematics with Graduate Studies from Troy State University and the University of Nebraska. She has received numerous awards and accolades from SAIC and various customers throughout the Department of Defense. She is a Certified Quality Analyst (renamed Certified Software Quality Analyst) from the Quality Assurance Institute and also a member of the ASQ.
  • Ms Carlos has over twenty-five years work experience in systems/software engineering, program management and Quality Assurance (QA), Quality Management, Configuration Management, earned value project management, performance-based acquisitions, performance measurements, and process improvement, and metrics analysis and collection.
  • Ms. Carlos is currently responsible for maintaining, and implementing the Quality Assurance, Configuration Management, and Process Improvement Programs for the Analysis, Simulations, Systems Engineering, and Training (ASSET) Business Unit in SAIC which has 2,200 employees. Ms Carlos directs, manages and assists 42 Quality Assurance, Configuration Management, and Process Improvement personnel. All of her personnel are ASQ and NDIA –certified and currently are working on Process Improvement certifications. She chairs her Business Unit Process and Technology Steering Committee and participates on the SAIC Defense Solutions Group and Corporate Systems and Software Process Groups and was responsible for establishing and currently maintains the SAIC Quality Center of Excellence.

Establishing a Corporate Quality Center of Excellence

  • The Quality Center of Excellence (Q CoE) is the SAIC official virtual resource command center for quality assurance and quality control with an established charter, mission, and goals. The QCoE provides the SAIC community at large a conduit to link all the QA staffs across the company in a forum to share practices and supporting each other in establishing good QA throughout the company to include:
  • Supporting any program’s quality needs for compliance to standards such as CMMI, ISO9000, AS9100, etc.
  • Serve as a resource of information to project managers and proposal teams.
  • Provide teams that can be deployed to assist with assessments and proposals.
  • Provide career planning for employees interested in the field of quality.


  • SAIC Overview
  • The Idea - Proposing the Quality CoE
  • The Implementation
  • Communicating the Quality CoE
  • Maintaining the Quality CoE
  • Lessons Learned



Email by Monday 15 September 2008 to register for this dinner meeting and presentation. Cost for dinner is $25.00 per person. There is no charge to attend for the presentation only. But, if your plans change, please contact, and let us know.


5:30pm - 6:30pm Monthly Board Meeting
6:30pm - 7:00pm Registration & Networking
7:00pm - 8:00pm Dinner
8:00pm - 9:00pm Section Business & Presentation

Meetings are open to all members as well as to the public.

Next Meeting: Wednesday, 15 October 2008 - Amphora, Herndon, VA

If you attend ASQ Section 0511 monthly dinner meetings and pay for three dinners, then your fourth dinner at one of our meetings is free!!!

The section will cancel its events due to weather-related events if Fairfax County Public Schools are closed for the day or after school events are canceled. You can check their website for current notices.

Call for Speakers!!!
Would you or someone you know like to speak at a future ASQ meeting? We're always looking for volunteers. Be creative! Exercise your public presentation skills! Earn recertification credits! Get a free dinner! Please contact

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