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Short biography of W. Edwards Deming

W. Edwards Deming was an American statistician. He is associated with the rise of Japan as a manufacturing nation, and with the invention of Total Quality Management (TQM). Along with an other American quality guru - J.M. Juran, Deming went to Japan as part of the allied occupation forces after World War II. Deming taught a lot of Quality Improvement methods to the Japanese, including the usage of statistics and the PDSA cycle. In 1960 he was awarded a medal by the Japanese Emperor for his services to that country's industry.Deming Cycle PDSA PDCA


The Deming Cycle (PDSA cycle) (PDCA cycle)

The Deming Cycle, or PDSA cycle, is a model for continuous improvement of quality. It consists of a logical sequence of four repetitive steps for continuous improvement and learning: PLAN, DO, STUDY (CHECK) and ACT. The PDCA cycle is also known as the Deming Cycle, or as the Deming Wheel or as the Continuous Improvement Spiral. It originated in the 1920s with the eminent statistics expert Mr. Walter A. Shewhart, who introduced the concept of Plan, Do and See. Deming modified the cycle of Shewart towards: PLAN, DO, STUDY and ACT.
The Deming Cycle is related to Kaizen thinking and Just-in-time manufacturing.
 

Benefits of the Deming Cycle

  • Daily routine management-for the individual and/or the team,
  • The problem solving process,
  • Project management,
  • Continuous development,
  • Vendor development,
  • Human resources development,
  • New product development, and
  • Process trials.

The 4 parts of the Deming Cycle explained

  • PLAN. Plan ahead for change. Analyze and predict the results.
  • DO it. Execute the plan, taking small steps in controlled circumstances.
  • STUDY (check). Study the results.
  • ACT. Take action to standardize or improve the process.

The Deming Management Method explained by Mary Watson

In her book "The Deming Management Method" Mary Watson tells about the life of the business guru Edwards Deming. The industrial miracle in Japan was a prime example of what can happen when a nation commits itself to quality and long-range vision instead of the latest illness: "Turning a Fast Buck-itis." In less then 50 years, Japan went from making cheap and low added value products, towards manufacturing of the highest quality precision work in the world. When Dr. Deming first began speaking in America, America was still riding along on the post-war victory wave. No one would listen to him. The Japanese welcomed him, and even today, traces of his quality-control methods are still seen in the industrial workplace.


Book: Mary Watson - The Deming Management Method -




Deming Cycle (PDSA) Forum (12 topics) Help
  Continuous Improvement is a Lifestyle
I do believe that everybody is much more than he thinks to be, that’s why development & improvement are to me not only a paradigm for people, processes and technologies: it is a lifestyle.
In my professional life, I've been playing many differen...
     
  What are Quality Circles?
In short, a quality circle (QC) is a participatory group of employees, aimed at solving problems related to their own jobs. They are normally found in manufacturing environments.
Definition of quality circle:
In their book Japanese Q...
     
  PDCA and ISO 9001 Standard
The ISO 9001 standard is based on the PDCA principle. You could say all certified companies are using PDCA.
However there are great differences in to what extent the companies are getting real value out of the practice. My experience is that ...
     
  Risks and Challenges in applying the Deming Cycle
What are the main risks and challenges in the execution of the Deming cycle method? Thanks......
     
  Deming / Nelson Funnel Experiment
I am researching the Deming / Nelson funnel experiment. Have any of you used it? How? What results did you achieve? I am especially interested in using the Deming / Nelson funnel to introduce continuous improvement / PDSA....
     
  How can We Put Deming's PDCA Theory in to Practice?
It is an excellent method that was introduced by Prof. Deming, but my fear is: how many of us are using it in the real work life? Are Bill Gates or Warren Buffer using these theories in their practical business environment?...
     
  Deming Cycle Supports Growth of Organisations
Improvements of operations or processes is vital for fast growing organizations, so I find Deming's cycle a good model to use....
     
  Deming Cycle is a Spiral
I like to conceptulaize the Deming cycle as a spiral, moving outward with each full turn, rather than a circle coming back to the same point. The idea is that improvement opens new space and leads to further improvement. The idea of a wheel rolling u...
     
  PDCA + Fayol's Theory + PMBOK
My own company is working on a new product development and transformation of management and conduct. For both projects, we applied the PDCA method into our application, but it seems not adequate enough, as it is a very genuine theory. Later, we tried...
     
  Investors in People - IiP
Investors in People is a HRM model which sets out a level of good practice for the training and development of people in order to achieve business goals. It is clearly based on the Deming Cycle. The IiP model contains three phases: 1. Developing stra...
     
  Deming /Shuarts cycle
My opinion, the Plan, Do, Check, Act cycle DOES work very well, even in the US. But, only if it is clearly understood, embraced and applied in an accountable manner. If people "have no real idea of what is going on" then... they need to find out, or...
     
  Kanban / Kaizen / JIT Manufacturing does not Work in the USA
I have just completed my first exposure to Kanban / Kaizen JIT manufacturing as an assembly technician. The system does not work in the USA!
The problem is - as I see it - that when you take away structure from the employees to the point that a...
     



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