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Posts Tagged ‘organization as a system’

Leading The Transformation Process

Guest post by John Hunter, author of the Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog (since 2004). Leading The Transformation Process, Barbara Lawton’s presentation at the 1993 Ohio Quality and Productivity Forum conference: Aim of Deming’s System of Profound Knowledge in Barbara’s words (building on Deming’s quote “provide jobs and more jobs“). Create value for customers, ourselves […]

3rd Edition of The New Economics Has Been Released

Guest post by John Hunter, author of Management Matters: Building Enterprise Capability. The new edition of The New Economics includes an introduction by Kevin Cahill (the Executive Director of The W. Edwards Deming Institute® and W. Edwards Deming’s grandson). This new 3rd Edition (published 25 years after the 1st edition) also includes a new chapter […]

New York Label & Box: A Deming-Inspired Company

Guest post by John Hunter, author of the Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog (since 2004). The W. Edwards Deming Institute® web site includes several articles exploring organizations that are applying Deming’s ideas. One of those articles looks at the efforts at New York Label & Box. Steven Haedrich, President New York Label & Box: Essentially, […]

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. […]

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” […]

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 […]

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 […]