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Creating Joy in Learning: Deming in Education (Part 2)

By Christina Dragonetti / August 31, 2022 / 0 Comments

“Deming helped me not be a victim of the system.”
This is the second of two articles about Deming in education, based on an interview with David P. Langford. In this

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Joy in Learning: Deming in Education (part 1)

By Christina Dragonetti / August 12, 2022 / 0 Comments

Dr. Deming believed everyone is entitled to joy in work, and extended that to education as well. David P. Langford has worked to implement Deming in schools and education systems around the world, and in this first of two posts about his work, Christina Dragonetti relates how he got started and the impact of introducing the Deming philosophy – based on joy in learning – into classrooms.

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Deming on Management: Innovation

By John Hunter / April 8, 2022 / 0 Comments

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.

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Trustee Steven Haedrich’s Deming Journey

By Christina Dragonetti / December 13, 2021 / 0 Comments

So many of us strive to be a force for good—for our families, businesses and communities. Dr. Deming’s teachings helped me understand how I could lead a company through crisis with compassion. That’s why I joined The Deming Institute’s Board of Trustees, to help others do the same. My Deming journey began in 1996 when, […]

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Avoiding Fires Rather Than Fighting Fires

By John Hunter / August 11, 2021 / 1 Comment

Guest post by John Hunter, author of the Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog (since 2004). In order to build strong companies that are resilient and able to prosper even in challenging times, it is best to create reliable and robust systems. It is easy to be misled by what is flashy if we don’t think […]

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Quick Tips for Using the PDSA Improvement Cycle

By John Hunter / July 23, 2021 / 1 Comment

Guest post by John Hunter, author of Management Matters: Building Enterprise Capability. The Plan Do Study Act improvement cycle is a valuable method to maximize learning and catalyze improvement. See our Deming on Management: PDSA cycle resource page for many more details than are covered here. Here I will just provide four ideas to keep […]

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Reflection and Getting to Work on Improvement

By John Hunter / January 11, 2021 / 2 Comments

Guest post by John Hunter, author of the Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog (since 2004). The start of a new year is a good excuse to take stock of how things are going and think about what improvements you could work on. Those reading this blog could frame that in relation to how things are […]

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