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You Burn, I’ll Scrape

our system of make-and-inspect, which if applied to making toast would be expressed: “You burn, I’ll scrape.” Joe Sensennbrer quoting Dr. Deming in his article, Quality Comes to City Hall This wonderful quote highlights Dr. Deming’s ability to use humor and create a simple visual to drive home a point. We can all easily see […]

Photo of Dr. Deming in Greece in 1946

W. Edwards Deming enjoyed meeting the local people during the course of his business travels. This photo was taken in Greece in 1946. We have been posting old photos of Dr. Deming to our Facebook page for throwback Thursdays. Check it out to see more photos of Dr. Deming. See if you can find one […]

The History and Evolution of the PDSA Cycle

Ron Moen and Clifford Norman wrote a very interesting article on the history of the PDSA cycle: Clearing up myths about the Deming cycle and seeing how it keeps evolving. It is not enough to determine that a change resulted in improvement during a particular test, according to Moen, Nolan and Provost. As you build […]

Find Quotes by W. Edwards Deming (Including the Source)

We have added a new web application for quotes by W. Edwards Deming. We hope this will be of use to people searching for quotes by Dr. Deming. The quotes are viewable by category, such as: leadership, managing people, systems thinking and data. We provide the source for the quotes, when we have sources. For […]

Some Statistical Logic in the Management of Quality by W. Edward Deming

W. Edwards Deming wrote Some Statistical Logic in the Management of Quality to fill in some of the missing links in the use of statistical methods, with special reference to responsibilities at the management level for effective mobilization of statistical knowledge and skills. In the paper, he describes statistical control of quality as a system, […]

W. Edwards Deming Videos On Demand

The W. Edwards Deming Institute has made The Deming Library and other videos with Dr. W. Edwards Deming available on demand via the internet. We offer 7 programs to chose from. Dr. Deming’s Four-Day Seminar (1992) This option provides access to 12 hours of Dr. Deming’s lectures and demonstrations from Dr. Deming teaching his famous […]

A Bad System Will Beat a Good Person Every Time

A bad system will beat a good person every time W. Edwards Deming, February 1993 Deming Four Day seminar in Phoenix, Arizona (via the notes of Mike Stoecklein). So what was Dr. Deming trying to convey with this quote? It wasn’t an attempt to get people to give up trying because failure was certain. It […]

Cooperating with Competitors

W. Edwards Deming included this example of businesses cooperating with competitors in The New Economics for Industry, Government, Education: My automobile, sitting in front of my house, would not start. I called Bill at the Exxon station not far away. When the man from the Exxon station came, I noted that he was in a […]

Knowledge, Personality, and Persuasive Power

As I use the term here, the job of a leader is to accomplish transformation of his organization. He possesses knowledge, personality, and persuasive power. W. Edwards Deming, The New Economics, page 116 This is a wonderful, succinct quote on the sources of influence available to a leader, and in fact everyone else too. You […]