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Posts Tagged ‘continual improvement’

An Ongoing Conversation with Ed Baker, Episode #1 – January 28, 2019

Post by Bill Bellows, Deputy Director, The Deming Institute, featuring highlights of ongoing conversations with Ed Baker, author of The Symphony of Profound Knowledge (created in partnership with Aileron.org), and a Trustee Emeritus of The Deming Institute. In this first episode, Ed and I share our interpretations of Continuous Improvement and Continual Improvement and why we believe Dr. […]

Break the Cycle

Post by Bill Bellows, Deputy Director, The Deming Institute Russell Ackoff had a profound capacity for using stories to educate his audiences about the basic concepts of managing systems, both in his lectures and in his books. He also had a profound way with words. One of my favorites is his warning that “it’s better to […]

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 […]

Manage Costs, Variation, and Waste – Mind the Choices

Post by Bill Bellows, Deputy Director, The Deming Institute. As noted in my June 26th post, “It Depends…”, when asked in February 1990 about the trend towards reducing the number of levels of management in organizations, Dr. Deming answered, in his usual Socratic fashion: “Why have more levels than you need?” Now, consider what Socratic questions might […]

Transforming Jet-Hot by Viewing the Organization as a System

Guest post by John Hunter. Jet-Hot‘s story provides an example of applying Deming’s work to transform a real enterprise. Gordon McGilton and Dennis Sergent share evidence from their experience that will help others transform their enterprises by focusing on their system and aim. Jet-Hot was undergoing bankruptcy, with all the problems that entails. They used […]

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, […]

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 […]

Jobs to be Done

In Clayton Christensen’s new book, Competing Against Luck, the authors delve into the importance of gaining a deep understanding of what your customers desire. The book lays out a Theory of Jobs to be Done in a very compelling way. To me this is a great example of extending Deming’s ideas with a great deal […]

Specification-based Management is Not Sufficient

Guest post by Bill Bellows (originally written as a comment about the question of how Dr. Deming viewed Six Sigma Quality). While Dr. Deming was known for his appreciation of continuous improvement, he was also know for encouraging us to think of variation and improvement from a systems perspective. As such, I do not believe […]