Zoe with Hazel, Sept 2006.  Check the legs.Welcome to the wonderful world of M.O.R.E. Quality™ ... where, statistical expertise and good old-fashioned horse sense walk in perfect sync.

What can you do at AWEsome-U? 

  • Explore NEW thoughts. 
  • Look at quality from a different perspective.
  • Review a host of mini-videos
  • Dig into data
  • Join discussions. 
  • Participate in studies and publications.
  • Get certified in the competencies of M.O.R.E. Quality.
  • Lead, or at least follow, the evolution from statistical quality control to mathematically-optimized risk management.

Do NOT Expect polished perfection in this section.  

Definitions and examples are version 1.0

Videos are rough edits of webinars from 2014-2105.  

(They meet quality standards today, but not next year.)


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Tree of M.O.R.E. QualityThis course strives to bring caring people together to re-write the book on how to manage laboratory quality.    It is the public preview of what members are working on in the Mini Risk Evaluation Course

About AWEsome-U,  AWEsome Numbers, Zoe Brooks  

Getting around, finding stuff, making the most of the site.

This 'course' is a central hub for all members with references, resources, discussion forums and spin-offs to project groups. 

Fast-track to what you really need to know to meet requirements for IQCP (Risk Management) requirements and implement verified QC Processes. 

Members can self enroll. No password required.

A fresh new approach to quality management!

  1. Welcome to the wonderful world beyond sigma!
  2. Mathematically-OptimiZed Risk Evaluation™
  3. Risk Management - Glossaries & Regulations
  4. You can do M.O.R.E!
  5. Narrated Mini-Course
  6. Mechanics of IQCP Verification, Webinar Sept 15, 2015

This webinar series was presented in June/July 2015.
Notice how much the concepts and metrics have been refined and simplified between then and early 2016.  It's broken into 1-10 minute videos for your convenience.

  1. Regulations and Acceptable Risk (5 Minutes)
  2. The DIMS Test - Does It Make Sense? (1 Minute)
  3. A number is a thing OF AWE (3 Minutes)
  4. From SQC to Risk Management (1.5 Minutes)
  5. IQCP Flow Chart (2 Minutes)
  6. Risk-Based Quality Grades (2 Minutes)
  7. Beware Grade D methods (1.5 Minutes)

RiskDrivers See how factual risk drivers are converted to clear risk metrics.

Examine the impact of QC processes in three distinct groups of laboratories.

Has quality improved since 2000?  Has QC practice improved?  It is fascinating to see the measured data!


  1. Risk Drivers - Current Risk 11:36 Minutes
  2. Examples with Margin for Error   5:32 Minutes
  3. Current Risk Y2K     3:36 Minutes
  4. Managing Risk For Each QC Sample   1:20 Minutes

Acceptable risk is "a state achieved in a measuring system where all known potential events have a degree of likelihood for or a level of severity of an adverse outcome small enough such that, when balanced against all known benefits—perceived or real—patients, physicians, institutions, and society are willing to risk the consequences."

Videos from the webinar series.  Segments may be from different dates.

  1. Setting Acceptable Risk (6 Minutes)
  2. Setting Medical Goals (3 Minutes)
  3. Table to select risk level for groups of laboratories (1 Minutes)
  4. References x7

Risk Evaluation is the "process of comparing the estimated risk against given risk criteria to determine the acceptability of the risk." (ISO 14971).  Can you judge acceptability of risk with sigma?

Sigma = #SD from current mean to TEa limit. 

  • Margin for Error is the #SD shift to unacceptable risk. 

Sigma of zero = 50% of results fail TEa limit.

  • ME of zero = the more than the approved acceptable risk level fail TEa limit.

Margin for Error varies with acceptable risk level

Mini-Videos (may be from different dates)

  1. Margin For Error vs Sigma (1 Minute)
  2. Sigma Polls - what is acceptable? (2.5 Minutes)
  3. Sigma Shift - DIMS? (12.5 Minutes)
  4. References x7

"At the least, the ability of the QC procedures to detect medically allowable error should be evaluated.”    CLSI EP 23-A  

  1. QC Process Design (4 Minutes)
  2. QC Design Examples (11.5 Minutes)
  3. QC Frequency (5.5 Minutes)
  4. References x 17