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Student Led Change

Presentation by Christine Simpson and Sarah Ambrus at the 2015 Deming in Education conference: Empowering Students to Lead Change. In discussing the use of the 5 why’s Sarah made an important point that people would benefit from remembering. Focus on what we can control. Sometimes you have to go back and redefine your problem in […]

Bill Scherkenbach Interview with Dr. Deming

This is a very interesting interview with W. Edwards Deming by Bill Scherkenbach (recording in February 1984, during this time Bill Scherkenbach worked at Ford and Deming was consulting with Ford). The interview provides many insightful quotes from Deming and shows his concern for the widespread failures of American management and the suffering caused by […]

Eliminate Slogans, Exhortations and Targets

Point 10 on W. Edwards Deming’s list of 14 points for western management: Eliminate slogans, exhortations, and targets for the work force asking for zero defects and new levels of productivity. Such exhortations only create adversarial relationships, as the bulk of the causes of low quality and low productivity belong to the system and thus […]

If Japan Can, Why Cant We? – 1980 NBC Special Report

It is very hard for us today to remember (or learn if we are too young) what the situation was like in 1980 (see the bottom of the post for some data on the economy at that time). Specifically two areas were very different back then: the USA economy and the media landscape. On June […]

Jim Benson on Applying Deming’s Ideas to Knowledge Work

Jim Benson, founding partner of the Modus Cooperendi and co-author of Personal Kanban is the guest on this Deming Podcast. In the podcast Jim discusses how to apply Deming ideas to knowledge work. I was actively looking for a set of guiding principles around what would create an actual human oriented, self-aware way of managing […]

Why do you hire dead wood? Or why do you hire live wood and kill it?

The common objection to seniority pay is, “It’s rewarding dead wood!” My response is, “Why do you hire dead wood? Or why do you hire live wood and kill it?” Peter Scholtes, The Leader’s Handbook, page 331. Peter worked with Dr. Deming and presented at the 2 day Deming seminars with W. Edwards Deming. You […]

Lasting Quality Philosophy Presentation by Steven Haedrich

View Steven Haedrich’s presentation at the 2014 Fall Conference with the embedded webcast above. Steven, President of New York Label & Box Works, discusses their Deming journey over the decades. Give the power to the people that are doing the job. Give those people the tools they are requesting. Give them the right materials. Put […]