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It Depends…

“There is not a day I don’t think about what Dr. Deming meant to us. Deming is the core of our management,” proclaimed Shoichiro Toyoda, Toyota’s president between 1982 and 1992 and chairman between 1992 and 1999, at the 1991 Deming Prize Ceremonies in Japan. One year earlier, in February 1990, Dr. W. Edwards Deming […]

Don’t Gamble with your Company’s Culture

Guest post by Lori Fry, originally featured as a post at https://dignityatworkproject.com/   “Our growth is hurting our culture.” “We need more structure, but I’m afraid it will kill our culture.” “Our culture is perfect. We don’t have processes and rules. We hire great people and weed out poor performers.” Culture. When it’s good it’s great. And […]

The Problem is to Find a Date

In February 1989, Professor Doug Fox, from Western Connecticut State University’s Ancell School of Business, received a reply to his invitation to Dr. Deming to speak with his classes.   Dr. Deming’s letter, dated February 11th, began with: I thank you for your kind invitation to speak with your classes.   It would please me.  I should […]

Leaders Can Make Music

Guest post by Edward Martin Baker.   A version of this post originally appeared on Aileron.org. About Aileron – At Aileron, we fervently believe privately held business fuels free enterprise and raises the quality of life for us all. As businesses move beyond the start-up phase, a systematic approach to your business is critical to sustainable and […]

Video of W. Edwards Deming at Western Connecticut State University in 1990

Presentation by W. Edwards Deming at Western CT State University – February 1990 We are being ruined by best efforts without knowledge. Sure we want best efforts but guided with knowledge. Efforts guided by instinct do more harm than good. Our problem is best efforts. At about the 50 minute point in the presentation Dr. […]

The Transformation is Everybody’s Job

W. Edwards Deming’s 14th point is: Put everybody in the company to work to accomplish the transformation. The transformation is everybody’s job. One important point to note is that quotes lose a great deal when taken out of context. You can also find quotes by Dr. Deming, such as: “As I use the term here, […]

What Business are We In?

That quote is from The New Economics, published in 1993. Still today many companies would benefit greatly from adopting this thinking. So often companies fail to focus on the needs of customers. So often companies focus on the short term to the detriment of long term success. We would all be better off if more […]

Application of Statistical Methods in 1940

Dave Nave found an interesting forward from a set of 1985 standards on Control Charts. It describes how those standards were created as part of the World War II war effort, with Dr. Deming on the committee. Subsequently the standards were transfer to ASQ/ANSI. From the forward Upon request by the War Department, the American […]