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The Deming System of Profound Knowledge® (SoPK)

The Deming System of Profound Knowledge® (SoPK) is the culmination of Dr. W. Edwards Deming's lifelong efforts to define a comprehensive theory of management which embraces his 14 Points for ...
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Dr. Deming’s 14 Points for Management

Dr. W. Edwards Deming offered 14 key principles for management to follow to improve the effectiveness of a business or organization significantly. The principles (points) were first presented in his ...
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Seven Deadly Diseases of Management

While the 14 Points for Management can be said to express Dr. Deming's philosophy of transformational management, his Seven Deadly Diseases of Management describe the most serious barriers that management faces to improving effectiveness ...
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PDSA Cycle

The PDSA Cycle (Plan-Do-Study-Act) is a systematic process for gaining valuable learning and knowledge for the continual improvement of a product, process, or service. Also known as the Deming Wheel, ...
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Red Bead Experiment

Beginning in the early 1980s, Dr. Deming used his infamous Red Bead Experiment to clearly and dramatically illustrate several points about poor management practices, including several of the Seven Deadly Diseases, ...
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The Funnel Experiment

The Funnel Experiment was devised by Dr. Deming to describe the adverse effects of making changes to a process without first making a careful study of the possible causes of the variation ...
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Deming Institute Blog

15 Minutes That Lasted 6 Hours

Guest post by Marty Laurent: My 15-minute presentation lasted 6 hours. By the end, I had learned more from Dr. Deming than I had in all my years in college. (Part 1 in 4-part series.)

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Education at a Crossroads: The Perils of Competition in K-12 Education

The aim of this article is to specifically address the topic of competition among schools and districts as a means to improve the performance of the education system. (Hint: it doesn’t work!)

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A Toast to Dr. W. Edwards Deming

A Toast to Dr. W. Edwards Deming in Honor of his Birthday

It is a great pleasure to offer a toast to Dr. Deming. He was a friend and mentor for 30 years. I cried when he died and would cry again today if I were here with you. And I am not alone. Dr. Deming touched many people’s lives in a very deep way.

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