Understanding Variation

Old telephones in several colors lined up horizontally.

If Only I Knew Then What I Know Now

By Christina Dragonetti / May 31, 2023 / 1 Comment

(Guest post from Edward Martin Baker) As we get older, more experienced, and maybe wiser, some of us may reflect on what we could have done differently when we were younger – if we knew then what we know now. I have recently been reflecting on my teaching of introductory statistics when I was a graduate school teaching fellow in the distant past.

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Deming for Ransomware and Cyberwarfare? Yes!

By Guest Post / February 22, 2023 / 0 Comments

In this guest post, Brian Barnier takes the Deming philosophy into the cyber security world. Inappropriate methods applied to cyber security problems are like flaws in a building’s engineering: they set people up for failure and burnout. Deming’s System of Profound Knowledge is the antidote, but few understand how it applies to cybersecurity.

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xkcd comic strip looking at variation in left hand blood volume

A Humorous Look at Variation

By John Hunter / April 29, 2022 / 0 Comments

Thinking that variation in the data must be important is often a mistake, as this cartoon makes painfully clear. (Guest post by John Hunter, author of the Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog.)

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Field report: 5th Annual Bryce Canyon Society Deming Forum

By Christina Dragonetti / April 3, 2022 / 0 Comments

On March 31st, Southern Utah University’s School of Aviation hosted the 5th Annual Deming Forum, with the largest turnout ever.

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

By John Hunter / April 9, 2021 / 2 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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How Can Deming’s Management Ideas Help During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

By John Hunter / March 1, 2021 / 0 Comments

Guest post by John Hunter, author of Management Matters: Building Enterprise Capability. When using Dr. Deming’s management ideas in your organization, the principles must be considered and applied to your organization. Those principles help create an organization that is adaptable – continually responding to changes in the outside world, continually experimenting and improving with an […]

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