Understanding Variation

Learning with the Science of Improvement during COVID-19 with Rocco Perla and Lloyd Provost

By John Hunter / April 9, 2021 / 0 Comments

Guest post by John Hunter, author of Management Matters: Building Enterprise Capability. This embedded video is a webcast with Rocco Perla and Lloyd Provost: Learning with the Science of Improvement during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The presentation is from April 2020 which is useful to keep in mind given the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation. Their explanations […]

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India Fights COVID-19 with Control Charts

By Norea Hoeft / April 28, 2020 / 0 Comments

According to how the data are being reported, it seems like the pandemic is getting worse in India, despite the lockdown. Balaji S Reddie, founder of The Deming Forum India and a member of our Advisory Council, is using control charts to set the record straight.

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Understanding Variation: The Key to Managing Chaos

By deming / February 3, 2020 / 0 Comments

Are you struggling with what data to collect and how to use them to better lead your organization? Dr. Donald J. Wheeler to the rescue in his short and easy read, Understanding Variation: The Key to Managing Chaos.

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Impact of Process Tampering on Variation (Experiment)

By Bill Bellows / January 14, 2019 / 0 Comments

What do engineering students learn about variation when they launch a catapult with three different sets of instructions?

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What we see…

By Bill Bellows / November 30, 2018 / 0 Comments

Bill Bellows talks about lean management within the (oft-overlooked) larger context of the Deming Philosophy.

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Four-Day Seminar with Dr. Deming Videos

By deming / November 5, 2018 / 0 Comments

Guest post by John Hunter, author of the Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog (since 2004). The W. Edwards Deming Institute provides online access to a recording, from 1992, of Dr. Deming’s Four-Day Seminar. There is a cost for viewing these videos; remember we do make many videos available online for no charge including: If Japan […]

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Why Deming / Why Now

By Bill Bellows / October 2, 2018 / 0 Comments

“Now, more than ever, organizations possess limitless opportunities to improve how they manage resources within a system.” – Bill Bellows

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Book Review – The Tyranny of Metrics

By Bill Bellows / June 11, 2018 / 0 Comments

Guest post by Michael Godfried: planner and policy analyst in Washington State and Bill Bellows, Deputy Director, The Deming Institute Jerry Z. Muller’s The Tyranny of Metrics (2018) is a book that I believe Dr. Deming would have surely appreciated. This well-researched book gives an ever timely overview of the history and drivers behind the misuse of metrics […]

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Understanding Variation and Appreciating Variety

By Bill Bellows / May 21, 2018 / 0 Comments

By John Hunter and Bill Bellows. Beginning in 1951, the Japanese Union of Scientists and Engineers (JUSE) has awarded the Deming Prize to honor organizations, and later, individuals, for extraordinary accomplishments in quality management. Recipients receive a prestigious medal, complete with an image of Dr. Deming, with his quotation, “The right quality and uniformity are foundations […]

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Reliability: Another Dimension of Quality

By deming / April 16, 2018 / 0 Comments

Guest post by John Hunter, who founded curiouscat.com in 1996. 2015 ASA Deming Lecture by William Meeker – Reliability: The Other Dimension of Quality: William Meeker begins the presentations discussing his experience with W. Edwards Deming in relation to a paper by Meeker and Gerald Hahn. The core issue related to the issues around problems […]

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