THE W. EDWARDS DEMING INSTITUTE BLOG

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Russell Ackoff: Solving Problems with an Appreciation for Systems

In this guest post, John Hunter revisits a 2004 video of Russell Ackoff, and the lessons we can still learn from him.
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Systems Thinking for Civil Servants

In this guest post, John Hunter reviews the Systems Thinking for Civil Servants resource from the UK Government Office for Science and connects it to the Deming philosophy.
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Our podcast is back – and better than ever!

We are excited to announce that after nearly a year, our podcast has returned. Learn more about our new host, our first few episodes, and our ambitious plans for the podcast.
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Some New Principles of Management: Deming’s 1978 Speech in Tokyo

In this guest post, John Hunter pulls a few excerpts from Dr. Deming's 1978 speech in Tokyo and connects them to Deming's later work refining his ideas.
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Transforming Resident Assessment with Deming’s System of Profound Knowledge

In this guest post John Hunter reviews "Transforming Resident Assessment: An Analysis Using Deming’s System of Profound Knowledge" and discusses how evaluations often lead to bad data.
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Are Best Efforts Ruining Education?

In this guest post, Taylor Lux views the American education system through the Deming lens, finding significant shortfalls in spite of educators' best efforts.

Russ Ackoff Lecture on the Age of Systems

This Russ Ackoff lecture, from the late 1970s, focuses on the age of systems. The nearly 2-hour lecture spans the development of science and scientific thinking while exploring topics such as philosophy, psychology, our ways of thinking, religion, history, physics, linguistics, and more.

How to Improve Employee Morale and Engagement

The way to improve morale and engagement is to improve the work. Eliminate things that drive workers crazy by making their work more difficult and by creating work that should never have to be done if the system were designed better. (Guest post by John Hunter.)

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A Humorous Look at Variation

Thinking that variation in the data must be important is often a mistake, as this cartoon makes painfully clear. (Guest post by John Hunter, author of the Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog.)
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