Deming Quotes

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Defects are not free. Somebody makes them, and gets paid for making them.

Deming’s First Theorem: ‘Nobody gives a hoot about profits.’

Deming’s Second Theorem: We are being ruined by best efforts and hard work.

Does the customer invent new product or service? The customer generates nothing. No customer asked for electric lights. There was gas and gas mantles, which gave good light. The first electric lights had carbon filaments. They were fragile and inefficient. No customer asked for photography. No customer asked for the telegraph, nor for a telephone. No customer asked for an automobile. We have horses: what could be better? No customer asked for pneumatic tires. Tires are made of rubber. It is silly to think of riding on air. The first pneumatic tires in the United States were not good. The user had to carry with him rubber cement, plugs, and a pump, and know how to use them.

Everything best is not enough.

Experience teaches nothing. In fact there is no experience to record without theory… Without theory there is no learning… And that is their downfall. People copy examples and then they wonder what is the trouble. They look at examples and without theory they learn nothing.

Export anything to a friendly country except American management.

Fear invites wrong figures. Bearers of bad news fare badly. To keep his job, anyone may present to his boss only good news.

Government service is to be judged on equity as well as on efficiency.

Hard work will not ensure quality.

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