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Looking at Layoffs Through the Deming Lens

By Bill Bellows / November 16, 2022 / 1 Comment

In this guest post Bill Bellows looks at recent layoff announcements from a Deming point of view. Who is responsible for company failures? What is Ford doing differently? What happens when companies target “poor performers” and how easy it is to “do the wrong thing right.”

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Bees, Ants, Elephants, and Crops: Systemic Thinking for Innovation

By John Hunter / September 27, 2022 / 0 Comments

In this guest post by John Hunter, he explores how using Deming systemic thinking leads to innovation, when the urge to “just do what we’ve always done” is strong.

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The Focus of Customer Service

By John Hunter / September 14, 2022 / 0 Comments

In this guest post, John Hunter uses his recent frustrating customer service experience to explore why Deming’s approach to customers, continual improvement, and determining your AIM is better for everyone.

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Long Term Planning: Considering Climate Change

By John Hunter / August 18, 2022 / 2 Comments

In this guest post, John Hunter explores the problem of including – or not including – the impact of climate change in your long-term business plans.

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Using Customer Feedback to Drive Continual Improvement

By John Hunter / July 18, 2022 / 0 Comments

In this guest post, John Hunter focuses on how improving the quality of your products or services cuts costs.

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Beginning the Deming Journey: a Newbie’s Perspective

By Christina Dragonetti / July 12, 2022 / 4 Comments

New to The Deming Institute, Christina Dragonetti describes the beginning of her Deming journey, reflects on a previous employer’s disaster when they only went halfway with Deming, and offers examples and tips for others early in their Deming journey.

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Russell Ackoff: Solving Problems with an Appreciation for Systems

By John Hunter / July 5, 2022 / 0 Comments

In this guest post, John Hunter revisits a 2004 video of Russell Ackoff, and the lessons we can still learn from him.

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Systems Thinking for Civil Servants

By John Hunter / June 21, 2022 / 0 Comments

In this guest post, John Hunter reviews the Systems Thinking for Civil Servants resource from the UK Government Office for Science and connects it to the Deming philosophy.

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How to Improve Employee Morale and Engagement

By John Hunter / May 9, 2022 / 0 Comments

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.)

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Understanding Data and Appreciating the Implications for the System

By John Hunter / January 31, 2022 / 0 Comments

Guest post by John Hunter, founder of CuriousCat.com. Working with data is something that doesn’t come naturally to many people. But it is important to develop your understanding of data to manage well within an organization, applying the Deming management system. In this post, I take a look at how understanding data is important with […]

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