Questions by Judges after Presentation in QC Convention

Answering Questions – 20 Marks

Judges may ask  upto 5 questions, objective is judging team members  involvement / knowledge w.r.t. project and problem solving tools / process etc.

Normally Judges are expected to ask  questions from the question bank or more or less of the same level considering the background of members.

Guidelines for judges are :

Ask maximum two questions from one member. You may choose three members from respective circle to answer the questions in turn.

This is to ensure the following:

  1. They know what case study is being presented. We expect each and every one to know the contents of presentation. Your first part of questioning should be to find out this aspect. First two or three questions may be related to this.
  2. Knowledge about problem solving process and related tools.
  3. Any technical question related to project.

While asking the questions please do consider the experience of the circle and education level of its members. If needed ask / translate your question in Hindi.

 Question Bank

  1.  When your circle was formed?
  2. Which problem your group has solved through this case study?
  3. What was your contribution in solving this problem?
  4. How many meetings it took for your circle to solve this problem?
  5. What are the benefits you got by solving this problem?
  6. When this project was completed?
  7. How many tools you have used for solving this problem?
  8. How many problems were identified by your Quality Circle?
  9. How many of them are in A or B or C Category?
  10. Which Category Problem a circle should take first? – A Category
  11. Which Category Problem your circle took?
  12. As an individual what intangible benefit you got after joining QC?
  13. Which one is Flow Diagram?
  14. Which one is Cause & Effect Diagram?
  15. In a Pareto Diagram the order of columns/ bars is ‘Ascending’ or ‘Descending’?
  16. Who is the Father of Quality Circle concept? – Dr K Ishikawa
  17. In which tool you come across ‘vital few’ and ‘useful many’? – Pareto Analysis
  18. What is intangible benefit?
  19. What is tangible benefit?
  20. What is hitch-hiking in brain storming?
  21. What is Kaizen?
  22. What do 5-S stand for?
  23. In which diagram flow lines symbol is used?
  24. Do quality circles work only for tangible benefits?
  25. What is the other name of PDCA cycle? Deming Cycle
  26. Who gave the technique of brainstorming? Alex Osborn
  27. What the other names of Cause and Effect Diagram? Fishbone Diagram or Ishikawa Diagram
  28. Where in India QC started first? BHEL, Ramachandrapuram
  29. What is stratification?
  30. What is the purpose of Flow Diagram in step three of Problem solving process?

Answer right or wrong to the following question:


  1. Time spent to solve a problem by quality circles should not be less than 3 to 4 months?
  2. Problems, which can be solved in 3-4 weeks, should not be taken by quality circles.
  3. Leader is authorised to select members for a Quality Circles.
  4. To identify possible causes circles should not use brainstorming.
  5. Cause and Effect diagram is not a tool to show logical relationship between Causes/sub-causes/sub-sub causes and effect.
  6. Milestone Chart shows link between problems and causes.


  1. To generate a list of possible solution we must use brainstorming.
  2. Stratification is the process of separation of data into categories.
  3. Continuous variable data is obtained by using an instrument or measuring process.
  4. Scatter Diagram can be used to find out the strength of relationship between two variables.

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