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The Transformation from School Based Learning to Lifelong Learning

By deming / October 2, 2017 / 0 Comments

Guest post by John Hunter. This webcast shows Bjarne Wig’s presentation, The Transformation of Learning, at the 2015 Deming Research Seminar. See Bjarne’s research paper that forms the basis of the talk: The Transformation of Learning at the Work Place. Educational institutions are becoming dinosaurs with regard to the need for continuous learning. The entire […]

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Post-Harvey Restoration: Consider a Deming-Based Approach

By Bill Bellows / September 14, 2017 / 0 Comments

Guest post by Lori Fry, Principal with Navigator Management Partners, originally featured as a post at    Follow this link to listen to our first podcast with Lori. The effects of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma will be felt for years. AccuWeather has reported the cost of recovery efforts will exceed $290 billion. That’s BILLION. With […]

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Book Review – Against All Odds: The Story of the Toyota Motor Corporation and the Family That Created It

By Bill Bellows / August 24, 2017 / 0 Comments

Post by Bill Bellows, Deputy Director, The Deming Institute. Once upon a time, well before his name entered lean folklore, Taiichi Ohno graduated from industrial school and earned a position with Toyoda Spinning & Weaving as a supervisor. The year was 1933 and Ohno soon became well known for his mustache, added to further his image of […]

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Collaborating to Improve Government Performance

By deming / August 21, 2017 / 0 Comments

Guest post by John Hunter. This webcast shows Phil Landesberg’s presentation, Collaborating to Improve Government Performance, at the 2015 Deming Research Seminar. I have known Phil for many years having served with him on the board of the Washington DC Deming User’s group. I also worked at the Office of Secretary of Defense Quality Management […]

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Transforming Jet-Hot by Viewing the Organization as a System

By deming / August 7, 2017 / 1 Comment

Guest post by John Hunter. Jet-Hot‘s story provides an example of applying Deming’s work to transform a real enterprise. Gordon McGilton and Dennis Sergent share evidence from their experience that will help others transform their enterprises by focusing on their system and aim. Jet-Hot was undergoing bankruptcy, with all the problems that entails. They used […]

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Applying W. Edwards Deming’s Ideas in Software Development

By deming / July 17, 2017 / 0 Comments

Guest post by John Hunter. This video shows Poorani Jeyaseker’s presentation, The Role of W. Edwards Deming in Today’s IT, at the 2015 Deming Research Seminar. Poorani explains how the management system drives behavior that is not useful to the organization. The business team asks for estimates for software development. Those estimates are treated as […]

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Tree climbing or life-long learning – what’s the real AIM of our education system?

By Guest Post / July 13, 2017 / 0 Comments

In our schools, targets and rankings cause cheating, focus on achievement, and drive in fear and suck the joy out of learning.

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Public Administration: Past, Present, and Future

By deming / April 27, 2017 / 0 Comments

Professor Ravi Roy, Director of the W. Edwards Deming Incubator for Public Affairs at Southern Utah University spoke at the Deming Management in Public Administration Conference earlier this year on Public Administration: Past, Present, and Future. Quoting Denzau and North (from Shared Mental Models: Ideologies and Institutions, I believe) Systemic transformations are rooted in a […]

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Red Beads and Profound Knowledge: Deming and Quality of Education

By deming / April 20, 2017 / 0 Comments

Sharon Lohr presented the 2014 American Statistical Association (ASA) Deming Lecture – Red Beads and Profound Knowledge: Deming and Quality of Education (slides with notes and references). Dr. Lohr earned her doctorate in statistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she learned about Deming’s philosophy and met Dr. Deming. Quoting W. Edwards Deming in her […]

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David Langford Presentation on Motivation and System Improvement

By deming / February 23, 2017 / 0 Comments

David Langford’s presentation at our 2015 annual conference was titled: Education – Implementation Intentions and Automatization. David included a clip from one of my favorite shows, Utopia (called Dreamland in USA) with a vivid example of a performance appraisal experience. David also discusses the problems created by using extrinsic motivation to drive improved measures. As […]

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