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The Deming Dimension by Henry Neave

The Deming Dimension by Henry Neave provides good historical background and then a well presented explanation of Deming’s ideas on management. It is one of the best books to read to learn about Deming’s ideas. The book includes a forward by W. Edwards Deming: The prevailing system of management has smothered the individual, and consequently …

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2011 ASA Deming Lecture by Roger Hoerl – Need Any Country be Poor?

2011 ASA Deming Lecture (edit: ASA broke the link, so it was removed) by Roger Hoerl, GE Global Research: The World Is Calling; Should We Answer? Roger starts by discussing some areas of Deming’s work that are not getting the focus they deserve. I’d like to focus on a few areas of Dr. Deming’s career …

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Some Notes on Management in a Hospital by W. Edwards Deming

We used to publish a newsletter. In the Fall 2006 Deming Interaction we published an excerpt from an article by Dr. Deming: Some Notes on Management in a Hospital [the link that we broke has been removed] (published in 1990 in the Journal of the Society of Health Systems). In the lecture discussed from our …

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My First Trip To Japan by Peter Scholtes

The Philadelphia Area Council for Excellence organized a tour to visit businesses Japan in 1985 and learn from them. 38 people participated in the trip including Peter Scholtes; William Hunter (my father); Brian and Laurel Joiner; Myron Tribus; and David and Carole Schwinn (David and Carole are presenting at our annual conference in September). Peter …

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Bill Scherkenbach Interview with Dr. Deming

This is a very interesting interview with W. Edwards Deming by Bill Scherkenbach (recording in February 1984, during this time Bill Scherkenbach worked at Ford and Deming was consulting with Ford). The interview provides many insightful quotes from Deming and shows his concern for the widespread failures of American management and the suffering caused by …

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Eliminate Slogans, Exhortations and Targets

Point 10 on W. Edwards Deming’s list of 14 Points for western management: Eliminate slogans, exhortations, and targets for the work force asking for zero defects and new levels of productivity. Such exhortations only create adversarial relationships, as the bulk of the causes of low quality and low productivity belong to the system and thus …

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Jim Benson: There is No Instant Pudding, You have to Show Up to Disrupt

Jim Benson’s presentation at The W. Edwards Deming Institute 2015 annual conference: There is No Instant Pudding, You have to Show Up to Disrupt. Everyone in the company needs to be R&D [research and development], even it is just a little bit… We want to be continuously reinventing our companies, our selves and our world. …

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Building a Sustainable Organization Using Deming’s Ideas on Management

The linked to article that aims to provides an overview of the essence of Deming’s approach to management and its continuing relevance to managers: The Model of Sustainable Organisation by Alan Clark. A manager, said Deming, is primarily a manager of People. This is in line with many thinkers, teachers and writers on organisations and …

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Jim Benson on Applying Deming’s Ideas to Knowledge Work

Jim Benson, founding partner of the Modus Cooperendi and co-author of Personal Kanban is the guest on this Deming Podcast. In the podcast Jim discusses how to apply Deming ideas to knowledge work. I was actively looking for a set of guiding principles around what would create an actual human oriented, self-aware way of managing …

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