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Portrait - Pipe Major Joseph Brophy

Retired Actuary living on Lake Sunapee, N.H.

Of Irish Ancestry: Ballyfin, Laois and Cloughboley, Sligo

Just a farm boy at heart

Just discovered (June 2006) Wikipedia; Believe it to be an important building block for civilization.

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Hobbies and Interests[edit]

  • Model Railroading (Marklin digital "HO" and "1" gauge)
  • Model Car Racing (1/32nd scale)
  • Musical Instruments (Piano; Highland, Parlor, Cauld Wind bagpipes; all other)
  • Musical Synthesizers: Kurzweil and G.H. Boyd Electronic Bagpipe
  • Genealogy & Celtic Studies & related Photography
  • Magic & Illusions: Member of IBM International Brotherhood of Magicians
  • Acoustics - of bagipes in Bell Laboratories
  • Digital Photography & Photoshop CS
  • Linguistics
  • Poetry - student & collector of Works of Seamus Heaney
  • Information Systems & Transhumanism
  • Astronomy with a 14' Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope
  • Computer Security
  • Analysis of the Rubik Cube
  • Futurology

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Personal Websites[edit]

  • [1] Saint Patricks Pipe Band
  • [2] Brophy Website
  • [3] Sligo Mitchells Website
  • [4] Brophy Blog
  • [5] joe brophy's net
  • [6] joe brophy's organization
  • [7] Brophy Family & Friends



wiki names; Car phone update this article as well ------ Bob Galvin ---- cell phoneadd links to pics of mitchell and cooper with phones; also link to patent and use a mitchell quote ------ Motorola DynaTAC ===== HISTory of mobile pHones ===== Martin Cooper (inventor) ===== Six sigma ===== Mobile Telephone Service ========= cleanup and add ref to motorola and car radio and get links =====so add story on saltellite iridium ===== add about car phones in 0g in hist of cellular phones

Mobile phone, History of mobile phones, Six Sigma, Mobile Telephone Service, 1948 first car tel using mts from bell labs [8];

edit wiki on motorola ===== EDt Pager ========six sigma, make link to jfm artcle on blog, plus mention baldrige award in 1988? also mention bob galvin and jfm w strategy in 1959 with name pager, and first consumer in 1972 at motorola pagers and beepers is this john mitchell

1956 or 55 RE CARRADIOTELEP;HONE 1946 in 1955 RE PAGERS lost its way after jfm

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CEO Bob Galvin was always focused on improving the quality of Motorola products. Galvin found an ally in John F. Mitchell,[1][2][3]a young engineer on the rise to becoming Chief Engineer. Mitchell was seen as a demanding,[4][5] hands-on manager who cared for his co-workers[6][7]and insisted on team effort.[8] Mitchell believed in building quality into the engineering and manufacturing processes as a way of lowering costs and improving yield.[4] He also favored competition among product lines and distributors as a business discipline to both reduce costs and to promote quality improvement.[6]Mitchell’s early successes with quality control appeared with the introduction of a new digital transistorized Pager, and the formalization of improvised Mitchell Quality Tests.[9] Mitchell also used Shainin Methods and other tests[10] in his operations.[11] John F. Mitchell set the bar high for his engineers knowing they would respond.[12] By the early 1970s, as John F. Mitchell was on his ascendancy to General Manager, Communications Division in 1972, Motorola had established itself as second largest producer of electronic equipment behind IBM,[13] and as the world leader in wireless communication products, and had been battling Intel and Texas Instruments for the number one slot in Semiconductor sales. Motorola was also the largest supplier of certain parts and products to Japan's National Telegraph & Telephone Company, but at the same time, the Japanese were beginning to erode Motorola's lead in the Pager market.[14] The rapid successes and expansion of the Motorola Pager business created by John F. Mitchell, as cited above, led to competitive deficiencies in quality controls, notwithstanding the "Mitchell Testing."

In the late 1970s, as John F. Mitchell was on the ascendancy to being named President & COO in 1980, he was joined by other senior managers, notably, CEO Bob Galvin, Jack Germain,[15][13] and Art Sundry,[9][16][8][17] who worked in John F. Mitchell's Pager organization to set the quality bar 10x higher. Sundry was reputed to have shouted "Our Quality Stinks"[14]at an organizational meeting attended by Galvin, John F. Mitchell and other Senior Executives; and Sundry got to keep his job.[14]But most importantly, the breakthroughs occurred when it was recognized that intensified focus and improved measurements, data collection, and more disciplined statistical approaches[17][18][19] John F. Mitchell's untiring efforts,[20][4] and support from Motorola engineers[8] and senior management, prevailed and brought Japanese quality control methods back to the USA,[21] and resulted in a significant and permanent change in culture at Motorola. "We ought to be better than we are," said Germain, director of Quality Improvement.[14] The culmination of Motorola quality engineering efforts occurred in 1986, with the help of an outside quality control consultant who joined Motorola, Bill Smith[22][23][24][25] when the Motorola University and Six-Sigma Institute[21]was founded. Two years later, in 1988, Motorola received the coveted Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award[26] which is given by the United States Congress. Later, the Six Sigma processes subsequently were adopted at the General Electric Corporation. Jack Welch said: "Six Sigma changed the DNA of GE."[17][27]The Six Sigma process requires 99.99967% error free processes and products, (or 3.4 parts per million defects or less).[14]Without the Six Sigma process controls, it may not have been possible for John F. Mitchell to launch the Iridium Constellation, one of the most complex projects undertaken by a private company, which involved some 25,000 electronic components,[28] and took 11 years to develop and implement at a cost of $5 Billion.[28] Six Sigma processes resulted in $16-17 Billion in savings to Motorola as of 2006.[29][17] A search of Safari Books Online reveals 1062 books written about Six Sigma.[17]with 532 published since 2009.[30]

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  1. ^ John F. John F. Mitchell Biography
  2. ^ The Top Giants in Telephony
  3. ^ Who invented the cell phone?
  4. ^ a b c John F. Mitchell biography: Longtime Motorola Leader by Sandra Guy John F. Mitchell, Longtime Motorola Leader: (a): (h):"Do it the engineering way, the proper way" (b): "John F. Mitchell was very intelligent..creative..original..just a very good guy." (c): "John F. Mitchell had a reputation of being frugal," (d): "It was not about him or his perks, but rather the Team, " (e): "Colleagues stood in awe of his brilliance and his stand up management style." (f): Summary of Motorola Career. (g): John F. Mitchell, Longtime Motorola Leader - "You couldn't put one over on John," (i): John F. Mitchell, Longtime Motorola Leader, "kept everyone on their toes." by Sandra Guy, Chicago Sun-Times, July 2, 2009
  5. ^ John F. Mitchell Spurred Cell Phone Revolution by Stephen Miller WSJ June 20 2009
  6. ^ a b President of Motorola 1980-1995, by Clare Lane, Chicago Tribune June 17, 2009
  7. ^ Time Magazine Memorial, John F. Mitchell by Frances Romero, dated July 6, 2009, Time Magazine
  8. ^ a b c Jim Mikulski, co-inventor cell phone on team effort Chicago Tribune (a):"John F. Mitchell known as a hands on manager" (b): (c): (e): (f): (g): "willing to give credit to those who worked in the trenches." (c): (d): "I remember his delegating his task as...GM to work in the Applied Research Lab and in give and take with the engineers as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) docket 18262 that would shape Motorola's the 1970s." (h): John F. Mitchell team member, (i) patent holder
  9. ^ a b The John Mitchell Quality Tester". Chicago Tribune. June 14, 2009.
  10. ^ Definition of Six-Sigma from the 1990s per Describes the 60 years of quality assurance methodologies used at Motorola including Quality Control, TQM, Zero Defects based on work of such as Shewhart, Deming, Juran, Ishikawa, Taguchi and others.
  11. ^ Logothetis, N., 1990, A Perspective on Shainin’s Approach to Experimental Design for Quality Improvement, Quality and Reliability Engineering International, p. 197.
  12. ^ Bob Becknell on John F. Mitchell: "..John F. Mitchell part of Management Tri-part; ..made things happen;..the ultimate problem solver; on operations"
  13. ^ a b Jack Germain & Art Sundry Key Movers in Creation of Motorola's Six Sigma Culture Six Sigma at Motorola by Robert Knight, senior rewrite editor, City News Bureau, Chicago, January 1995, IPO Issue 29 (Illinois Periodicals Online)
  14. ^ a b c d e "New Six Sigma®: A Leader's Guide to Achieving Rapid Business Improvement and Sustainable Results: Art Sundry shouted '"Our Quality Stinks"'" Retrieved March 6, 2012, By: Matt Barney; Tom McCarty, Publisher: Prentice Hall, Pub. Date: December 19, 2002, Print ISBN-10: 0-13-101399-8, Print ISBN-13: 978-0-13-101399-5, Pages in Print Edition: 128.]
  15. ^ U.S. Patent 3,126,514 for Noise Reducing system with Jack Germain, October 13, 1961. Another dimension of Six-Sigma Quality.
  16. ^ Six-Sigma: Art Sundry & John F. Mitchell
  17. ^ a b c d e "A Brief History of Six Sigma: Art Sundry applied statistical methods to the Motorola Pager business"
  18. ^ Six Sigma Statistical Approach (1) on YouTube had to be applied to the causes of variance.]
  19. ^ Schroeder, Richard A.; MIKEL PHD HARRY (2006). Six Sigma: The Breakthrough Management Strategy Revolutionizing the World's Top Corporations. Sydney: Currency. p. 9. ISBN 0-385-49438-6
  20. ^ "The John Mitchell Quality Tester". Chicago Tribune. June 14, 2009
  21. ^ a b Tennant, Geoff (2001). Six Sigma: SPC and TQM in Manufacturing and Services - Quality Returns to America Gower Publishing, Ltd.. p. 6. ISBN 0566083744. Quality Returns to America
  22. ^ Bill Smith, Motorola Engineer, inducted into the Six Sigma Hall of Fame
  23. ^ Motorola University and the founding of Six Sigma
  24. ^ Bill Smith Remembered as the Father of Six Sigma
  25. ^ Six Sigma Graph developed by Bill Smith and patented by Motorola
  26. ^ Malcolm_Baldrige_National_Quality_Award#Baldrige_Award_Recipients
  27. ^ "Six Sigma: Where is it now?" Retrieved May 22, 2008.
  28. ^ a b Indirect Benefits of Iridium Project Management: Strategic Design and Implementation/David I. Cleland, Lewis R. Ireland.-5th Edition, ISBN 0-07-147160, 2006, page 61, Chapter 3.6: Project Life Cycles and Uncertainty. (a): "More than 25,000 complex design elements have come forth..." (b): "Even if the project has less than hoped for success, it has yielded valuable indirect benefits, such as enhanced technology, greater attention to satellite technology, and a modern production facility that can be used for other satellite systems."
  29. ^ " Archived from the original on December 22, 2005. Retrieved January 28, 2006.
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