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What is a system?

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. Dictionary definition: “a collection of parts that make up a whole”. Deming took this one step further by postulating that every system must have an aim. Many systems evolve without their “designers” […]

Rethinking Statistics for Quality Control with George Box

Guest post by John Hunter, author of the Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog (since 2004). George Box shared a presentation on Rethinking Statistics for Quality Control at our 2008 Deming Institute Conference in Madison, Wisconsin. In the presentation George discusses how to look at data from a process. He mentions why it was so important […]

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 […]

Iterative Customer Focus

Guest post by John Hunter, author of Management Matters: Building Enterprise Capability. On Statistical Techniques in Industry as a Natural Resource by W. Edwards Deming (1952) In the new way, management introduces, through consumer research, a 4th step, and runs through the 4 steps is a cycle, over and over … New Way Design the […]

Standardization With a Systems View Allows Creativity to Flourish

Guest post by John Hunter. We all benefit from standardization every day. We can plug our devices into a wall outlet and power them. We can get a replacement battery and have it work as expected. We can type on the keyboard without thinking because the keys are the same on each keyboard. We can […]

Kevin Murphy’s Presentation: Application and Lessons of Deming’s Perspective on Leadership

Kevin Murphy’s presentation at the 14th In2:InThinking Annual Forum Weekend Conference: Application and Lessons of Deming’s Perspective on Leadership: [Vimeo plays the video automatically – which is obviously an extremely bad Ux practice. Even using their code to disable autoplay of the video doesn’t work. So I have removed the embedded video. You may view […]

Software Code Reviews from a Deming Perspective

Software code review is the practice of reviewing the software code written by colleagues on your software development team. Like many practices the form it takes can vary quite a bit. W. Edwards Deming stated in Out of the Crisis: Cease dependence on inspection to achieve quality. Eliminate the need for inspection on a mass […]

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? As I stated in my previous post on The Improvement Guide I believe anyone using the […]