Deming Podcast with Doug Hall

By deming / April 13, 2017 / 0 Comments

Doug Hall,CEO and founder of Innovation Engineering, participated in a previous podcast on Using Systems Thinking to Power Strategy, Innovation and Growth. He returns to the Deming Institute podcast again (download) and he shares his approach for using innovation or leadership to improve management practices. Doug talks about command and control management being too slow […]

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Educate New Managers on Their New Responsibilities

By deming / January 26, 2017 / 0 Comments

Guest post by John Hunter, author of the Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog (since 2004). Far too often, companies promote employees into management positions and expect them to fulfill the obligations of their new position without helping prepare them to meet their new responsibilities. People who excelled at doing their non-supervisory job often have little education or experience […]

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Countering Confirmation Bias

By deming / December 19, 2016 / 0 Comments

The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance; it is the illusion of knowledge. – Daniel J. Boorstin After you decide that Deming’s ideas seem valuable you must act to adopt new methods in order to benefit from what you have learned. This takes many forms and I have discussed many possible steps in that […]

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Using Deming’s Ideas – When Your Organization Doesn’t

By deming / December 12, 2016 / 0 Comments

You see things through the Deming Lens – but your boss/co-workers/team/board do not. What can you do?

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Using Checklists to Reduce Process Variation and Improve Results

By deming / December 1, 2016 / 0 Comments

The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande is a wonderful book about how to create systems that work. At the core the Checklist Manifesto is about determining the critical process conditions and creating a system to assure that the those process items are properly handled. In the book Atul Gawande paraphrases Daniel Boorman, veteran pilot who […]

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Case Study: Adopting a Deming Management System in a Service Company

By deming / November 21, 2016 / 0 Comments

Total Quality Management in Logistics: a case study from the trucking industry by Harry Lehman, Jr. (a thesis at the Naval Postgraduate School). The thesis aims to study the practical aspects of implementing a W. Edwards Deming-based quality program within a particular trucking company, Mason Transporters I am thankful the Navy makes such documents available […]

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Transforming the Management System of an Organization

By deming / November 17, 2016 / 1 Comment

In response to our request asking what topics readers would like to see addressed on our blog, Dan Bracewell said: I’d like to see some posts about how to implement change in an organization. How does one get an organization to start looking at itself as a system? How does one get the organization to […]

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Leadership and the New Science

By deming / October 20, 2016 / 0 Comments

Leadership and the New Science: Learning about Organizations from an Orderly Universe by Margaret Wheatley does a good job of exploring how to view organizations as a system. A quote by Meg Wheatley from an interview long after the publication of the book does a good job of capturing the ideas explored in the book: […]

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Transformation: How to Apply SoPK

By deming / August 1, 2016 / 0 Comments

Transformation: How to Apply the System of Profound Knowledge (SoPK) presentation by Tripp Babbit at our 2015 research conference. Tripp also moderates our Deming Institute podcast. Tripp discusses Kurt Lewin’s change model: unfreezing – overcoming “interim” and dismantling the existing midset changing freezing – adopting the new habit/way-of-thinking, the new way becomes what you expect […]

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Export anything to a friendly country except American management

By deming / July 11, 2016 / 0 Comments

One of the reasons quotes by W. Edwards Deming are so popular is that he had an incredible understanding of the practice of management. Another reason they are popular is he had a sense of humor that was captured well in several popular quotes. This quote is included on the back of The Deming Management […]

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