THE DEMING INSTITUTE BLOG

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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.)

Join The Deming Institute Team

Join our small team as our new Senior Administrative Specialist! We need an experienced professional to hold both internal and external roles for the organization, with the chief responsibility of administrative support and office management.
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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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Deming on Management: Innovation

This guest post by John Hunter, author of the Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog, is part of our Deming on Management series that aims to provide resources to help those transforming their management system to one based on Deming’s management ideas.

Our Only Hope

Guest post by Dr. Doug Stilwell, Assistant Professor Drake University: Now more than ever, I wish Dr. Deming was still with us, for even at age 64 I have so many burning questions I’d like to ask him, driven by the extreme frustration I feel about the “state of things” in our world.
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