StATS: Quality control humor (created 2006-08-20).
It is important in any quality improvement process to define precisely what it is that you are trying to improve. Sloppy and imprecise definitions will make it hard for you to measure your process, much less improve it. But sometimes this effort to define things can go to far, as illustrated in this cute story on rec.humor.funny.
My favorite specification is "Outer-diameter of all pipes must exceed the inner-diameter. Otherwise, the hole will be on the outside of the pipe."
This page was written by Steve Simon while working at Children's Mercy Hospital. Although I do not hold the copyright for this material, I am reproducing it here as a service, as it is no longer available on the Children's Mercy Hospital website. Need more information? I have a page with general help resources. You can also browse for pages similar to this one at Category: Quality control.