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The Birth of Lean

The Birth of Lean is an valuable book from the Lean Enterprise Institute. It collects the thoughts of those leading and working with the Toyota Production System in the early days: Taiichi Ohno, Eiji Toyoda, Michikazu Tanaka, Kikuo Suzumura and others. The book doesn’t talk about Dr. Deming directly but provides great thoughts from those […]

Process Thinking at Patagonia

Randy Harward spoke at the 2013 Deming Institute annual conference on applying Deming management methods and sustainability and Patagonia. It was better because designers and developers went from being just people who bought things, and marketed them, to people who had to understand and solve problems throughout the whole process. They became process engineers, every […]

What’s Deming Got to Do With Agile Software Development and Kanban

Guest post by Dennis Stevens When I show the Kanban board, a tool that is borrowed from Lean, I hear, “Well, software development is an artistic process – you can’t apply manufacturing principles to it.” Or, “I was involved in a Six Sigma (or TQM) project that was devastating – Lean doesn’t translate to software […]

Deming and Lean: The Disparities and Similarities

In my opinion Deming’s ideas and lean thinking share many similarities. I do see plenty of weaknesses in lean manufacturing efforts at organizations. Most of the weaknesses are due to bad implementation of lean manufacturing rather than lean thinking missing fundamental elements included in Deming’s management system. A very common point of criticism (from Deming […]

Brian Joiner Podcast on Management, Sustainability and the Health Care System

Joe Dager has posted another Business 901 podcast with a leading Deming management authority, this time with Brian Joiner, author of Fourth Generation Management, co-author of the Team Handbook and long time colleague of Dr. Deming. Early in Brian’s career he shared an office with Dr. Deming’s wife; and that led to Brian getting to […]

We Need to Understand Variation to Manage Effectively

Guest post by Mike Stoecklein I had the good fortune to get to know Dr. Deming beginning in 1986. I call it a “correspondence relationship”. We wrote letters (these were the days before e-mail, and I doubt that Dr. Deming would ever send an e-mail even if it had existed). I played a small role […]

Podcast with Kelly Allan on Dr. Deming and Peter Scholtes

Joe Dager has posted another Deming related discussion, in his Business 901 podcast series: The Work of Peter Scholtes. This time Kelly Allan joined him to talk about the ideas on management of Dr. Deming and Peter Scholtes. Kelly serves on the The W. Edwards Deming Institute advisory council and serves as a senior facilitator […]

Interview with Masaaki Imai

Masaaki Imai is a consultant, author and founder of the Kaizen Institute. The second edition of his book, Gemba Kaizen, was published this year. He agreed to an interview with The W. Edwards Deming Institute Blog. Question: Did you work with Dr. Deming? Answer: I never had the privileges of meeting Dr. Deming. I can […]

Podcast Discussing Dr. Deming’s Ideas, The Deming Institute and Toyota

Joe Dager, Business 901, has published an interview with me in a podcast: Dr. Deming on Lean in 2012. I hope you enjoy the podcast. Download podcast directly or via the Business901 iTunes Store. I discussed some of my history with Dr. Deming’s ideas on management and my thoughts on the application of those ideas […]