Tag Archives: Deming

15 Lean Lessons Learned

Going through an old notebook I came across some answers of a question presented at a professional development gathering. The question was “What lessons have you learned from lean events and other continuous improvement activities?” This was a few years … Continue reading

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The Begin of the End of Performance Reviews Hooray

Finally after decades of use the performance review as we know it is being phased out. The world is finally catching up with W. Edwards Deming who called for the elimination of performance appraisals decades ago!  In regard to reviews … Continue reading

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One memorable quote of W. Edwards Deming was “A bad system will beat a good person every time”. This is relevant because most organizations focused primarily on developing people not processes. The stars of these organizations are those who know … Continue reading

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Has your parent company had “The Talk” with you? You know that sometimes awkward talk about Lean Manufacturing principles. Awkward because parent companies themselves have tainted and wasteful pasts and probably isn’t really practicing safe Lean even today. Most companies … Continue reading

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Book Discussion – Fast Forward Leadership

Most Lean Practitioners have a full library books, periodicals and professional publications. After a while they all melt together in the same old themes simply regurgitated with keywords of the moment. I decided to look over my bookshelf and discuss … Continue reading

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Deming’s Principles of Training and Leadership

  Today let’s have a short discussion on training and leadership as it pertains to the W. Edwards Deming training and leadership model. The aim of leadership is simply to improve the performance of man and machine. If done correctly … Continue reading

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Waiting on Superman is a fascinating documentary critiquing America’s educational system which has become so large and complex that it no longer meets the needs of the end customer, the student. The primary goal of educating our children is lost … Continue reading

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Lean Kryptonite – Running To The Numbers

From my perspective the largest cause of failure for lean initiatives is continuing to run the company by the numbers. You know the month, quarter and year end projections. I recognize to remain in business companies must have goals, objective … Continue reading

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What is Six Sigma? – Quick Version

Six Sigma is simply a quality measurement system to drive process output to near perfection or zero defects. Go figure organizations strive for perfection what a novel ideal; I can’t even get them to answer the phone. If you work … Continue reading

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Edwards Deming Emphasis on Short Term Profits

Edwards Deming expressed that the emphasis on short-term profits was definitely detrimental to organizations.  This was Deming’s second of the seven deadly diseases that plague companies.  Deming in my opinion is the Nostradamus of western business.  Deming wrote “Pursuit of … Continue reading

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