Classes will include a number of guest speakers representing companies and individuals concerned with and producing high quality products, lectures from David Beach, and discussions of the reading material, the speakers, and whatever other product-quality related concerns arise during the quarter. They will not only be reading and discussing my book, but will be doing exercises similar to the ones listed at the end of the chapters. They will write short papers on each, and I will talk about them and include some of the more interesting ones on this blog. I will attach a rough schedule to my next post to give you an idea of what occurs in each class meeting.
The course concludes with a series of consistently impressive presentations on the material in my book. Groups of students select the topic areas, do appropriate research, and being a bright and talented bunch with a love of media, come up with presentations that are entertaining as well as educational. I obviously cannot deliver the entire course in a blog to those of you reading my posts, but not taking the course. But I will keep you in touch with the course, forward student work when appropriate and interesting to you, and in doing so hopefully expose you a bit to the thinking of present day Stanford students. I will also continue to write posts on aspects of product quality design and manufacturing, and other topics not covered in the course. Please comment on my course-related posts, and I will forward the comments to the class, should they fit the activities that are under way. The more diversity in input to the students, the better, and any comments you make should result in lively discussions.
Although I have been retired from active teaching for many years, I continue to occupy an office on campus, drink the coffee, and heckle the people who continue to do the work. I still find the opening of winter quarter to be exciting. Although California weather is hard to complain about, it becomes a bit wetter in the San Francisco area, and the general energy level of the academic enterprise picks up a bit because it is not as much fun to go out and play. Hopefully I can convey a bit of this to you.