Deming on Management: PDSA Cycle
Guest post by John Hunter, author of Management Matters: Building Enterprise Capability.
This is the first of a series of posts that will provide resources for those interested in particular topics (other topics will include: Psychology, Understanding Variation, Leadership, and the Red Bead Experiment).
The PDSA (Plan – Do – Study – Act) Cycle was also called the Shewhart Cycle by Dr. Deming (and the Deming Cycle by others).
The Improvement Guide is the book anyone interested in learning about the PDSA cycle should read (and re-read).
Here is a list of in-depth articles exploring the history and thinking behind the PDSA cycle and what is critical to using it successfully.
- Clearing Up Myths About the Deming Cycle by Ron Moen and Cliff Norman
- Evolution of the PDSA Cycle by Ron Moen and Cliff Norman
- Foundation and History of the PDSA Cycle by Ron Moen
- ASQ’s Accelerating Change Collaborative Series: A Challenge for Industry by Kevin Nolan
- What are We Trying to Accomplish? In The Improvement Guide, the authors add 3 questions to the PDSA cycle: What are we trying to accomplish? – How will we know that a change is an improvement? – What change can we make that will result in improvement?
- Keys to the Effective Use of the PDSA Improvement Cycle
- Do the experiment
- Deming 101: Theory of Knowledge and the PDSA Improvement and Learning Cycle by Ian Bradbury
- Ron Moen Webcast: Prediction is the Problem