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Posts Tagged ‘organization as a system’

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 […]

Restoring Joy and Meaning to Learning

Guest post by John Hunter, author of Management Matters: Building Enterprise Capability David Langford has taken his experience with applying Deming’s ideas to education to his position as the Superintendent of Ingenium schools in Los Angeles, California. The focus of Ingenium is “restoring joy and meaning to learning.” David talks about how Ingenium schools are […]

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 […]

Restaurant Week (An elementary look at quality culture fundamentals)

Guest post by David Kachoui (previously published in Quality Progress, August 2014): Director of Business Development at Natech Plastics To celebrate “Restaurant Week,” my daughter’s first-grade class recently turned its classroom into a restaurant for a day. Parents were patrons. Students ran operations. Upon arrival, we were greeted by a polite, 6-year-old host with a […]