2016 Annual Conference


2016 Deming Institute Annual Conference
“I Make No Apologies For Learning”
September 16 – 18, 2016

The words “I Make no Apologies for Learning” from Dr. W. Edwards Deming are as relevant and valuable today as they ever have been. His approach to improving quality, performance and innovation can propel you and your organization forward when you learn how to challenge your thinking about your own management, leadership and transformation.

Dr. Deming has been given many titles; perhaps the most important is that of lifelong learner. In a world where 4.6 years is the median job tenure and 11 is the average number of jobs that people aged 18-48 will hold in their lifetime, there is nothing but learning to be done in order to simply survive. While “survival is not mandatory,” learning in our modern day certainly is.

This is a story best told by practitioners of The Deming System of Profound Knowledge®. This conference features leaders in education, government and in industry, leaders who today are shaping their organizations by disrupting the prevailing management concepts and superstitions. You will be able to hear their story of how they have practiced Deming’s philosophy through the system of profound knowledge and expanded on Deming’s philosophy by their practice in their very real organizations.

Dr. Deming made an especially powerful impact on the people of Michigan during his many years of teaching and consulting in the state. His legacy includes a rich community of leaders who believe that organizations are places where we aim for everyone to gain; where restoration of the individual is an objective and where cooperation between customers and suppliers is a way of life.

Conference Partner

Capital Quality and Innovation (CQI)
CQI seeks to inspire learning, share successes and spark the energy and courage to lead our organizations to continually improve and innovate.

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Conference Highlights

  • Pre-Conference presentation of the Red Bead Experiment
  • Networking receptions
  • Saturday lunch “speaker tables” join speakers for lunch and casual conversation
  • Panel discussions with Q & A
  • More than 10 presenters sharing real life examples of the Deming principles in action today
  • Deming Dialogues

Red Bead Redux – Facilitated by Jim Manley

This Pre-Conference demonstration of Deming’s “The Red Bead Experiment” is a customized version and powerful illustration of the futility of improving personal performance through the methods of Taylor-ism and Skinner-ism when the fundamental problem comes from the system. Minor changes in the mixing box shape this version of the red bead experience into a powerful demonstration on top of Deming’s original version. The supply of red beads is changed for each of the daily shifts and Jim engages one more role and ample action to demonstrate the prevailing style of management at work – destroying the system they are responsible for, while the employees are not permitted to communicate or improve the system they are trapped in.

Deming Dialogues – Facilitated by Jim Benson & Tonianne DeMaria Barry

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Based on the Lean Coffee™ format, created by Jim Benson and Jeremy Lightsmith. This format allows groups to create an agenda at the last moment, then participate in deep discussions on topics of mutual interest and importance. These discussions encourage participants to bring concepts into their own words and generates conversations of shared value, and encourages diversity of thoughts and ideas.

Facilitator Information

Eric Budd, Improvement Coordinator at Peaker Services, Inc.

Dennis Sergent, President & Principal Consultant – Sergent Results Group

Jim Benson and Tonianne DeMaria Barry, Founding Partners – Modus Cooperandi and Co-Authors of “Personal Kanban”

Speaker Information

Ian Bradbury, President and CEO of Peaker Services, Inc.
Kevin Cahill, Executive Director of The W. Edwards Deming Institute®

Tim Higgins, NASA System & Mission Assurance Specialist

David P. Langford, President & CEO, Langford International, Inc.

Jim Manley, Former GM & Supplier Manager, Chair of Michigan Lean Consortium

Wendi Middleton, Director, Program and Partnership Division, and the BOLD Council, Aging & Adult Services Agency of State of Michigan

Clifford L. Norman, Leadership and Improvement Consultant, Associates in Process Improvements, Co-author of two books, “The Improvement Guide – A Practical Approach to Enhancing Organizational Performance” and “Transforming Healthcare Leadership: A Systems Guide to Improve Patient Care, Decrease Costs and Improve Population Health”

David & Carole Schwinn, Co-Creators of the Transformation of American Industry & Total Quality Transformation Training Systems, Co- Authors of “The Transformative Workplace”

Kentaro Toyama, Associate Professor, University of Michigan – School of Information and Author of ”Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology

At A Glance
Sunday, September 18, 2016
Michigan State University Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, East Lansing, MI
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