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The Ethics of Quality

Guest blog by Dennis Sergent, Principal Consultant, Sergent Results Group  (Follow this link to find Dennis’ previous guest blog) There is a strong correlation between quality and ethics. Leadership’s demonstration of their philosophy and practice of ethical behavior impacts the whole organization in education, government or commercial enterprises.  In the June 1994 issue of ASQ Quality Progress, Marion Steeples offered […]

What we see…

Post by Bill Bellows, Deputy Director, The Deming Institute In reflecting on the popularity of lean, I offer a proposal to those who provide both educational resources and qualifications to lean practitioners.   While using the educational foundation established in The Machine That Changed the World, I suggest being ever mindful of the influence of our respective […]

Why Deming / Why Now / Working to transform “our” system

Guest blog by Dennis Sergent, Principal Consultant, Sergent Results Group Like many people, my introduction to W. Edwards Deming was the NBC Special (termed a “Whitepaper”),  “If Japan Can, Why Can’t We?”  His questions within resonated with me immediately, as I was a new supervisor for Bell Telephone.  “What can we do to work smarter, not harder?” […]

In Search of Excellence

Post by Bill Bellows, Deputy Director, The Deming Institute “A product or service possesses quality if it helps someone and enjoys a sustainable market.” W. Edwards Deming  “Quality is defined by doing it right the first time.” Phillip Crosby “There is not a day I don’t think about what Dr. Deming meant to us. Deming is […]

Why Deming / Why Now

Post by Bill Bellows, Deputy Director, The Deming Institute.    Previously published by Quality Digest. In February 1990, W. Edwards Deming traveled to Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) in Danbury, CT to deliver three lectures, an afternoon session with students, immediately followed by one with faculty and staff of the business school, followed by an evening lecture […]

Two Tweets & A Blog

Guest blog by Bob Browne, author of Sys-Tao – Western Logic and Eastern Flow and former Chairman and CEO of the Great Plains Coca-Cola Bottling Company Tweet One The question, “If Japan can, why can’t we?” conjures up the works of W. Edwards Deming. It also begs another question, “If the Japanese so easily understood […]

The best and the brightest

Guest post by Keith Sparkjoy, vice president of the Sparkjoy Foundation, originally featured as a post at www.keithsparkjoy.com.  Follow this link to listen to our first podcast with Keith. I hear a lot of talk about companies wanting to hire the best and the brightest (I’m going to abbreviate this as BaB for this article). But I wonder if that’s […]

My quest for understanding

Guest post by Keith Sparkjoy, vice president of the Sparkjoy Foundation, originally featured as a post at www.keithsparkjoy.com.   Follow this link to listen to our first podcast with Keith. I’ve been on a quest over the last few years. A quest to understand why the work that I started at a company that I cofounded didn’t quite, […]

Book Review – The Tyranny of Metrics

Guest post by Michael Godfried: planner and policy analyst in Washington State. Jerry Z. Muller’s The Tyranny of Metrics (2018) is a book that I believe Dr. Deming would have surely appreciated. This well-researched book gives an ever timely overview of the history and drivers behind the misuse of metrics that dominate organizational life in […]

Deming 101 by Mike Tveite

Guest post by John Hunter, author of the Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog. This webcast shows Mike Tveite’s presentation, Deming 101, given at the 2012 Annual W. Edwards Deming Institute Conference. In a previous post I wrote about this presentation and included excellent clips discussing the problems caused by focusing on goals and exploring the […]