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Dr. Deming’s Legacy – Still Relevant Now

I’m away on vacation through October 10th, but I’ve scheduled the posting of an article of interest most weekdays. Feel free to comment and share your thoughts on each and I hope you keep up your daily habit of reading the blog.

This article caught my eye recently:

We Can Still Do It: Dr. Deming’s Legacy


(via LinkedIn)

From the article:

In order to improve, we must never miss an opportunity to take ownership of a problem. If management cannot do this, how can they expect their workforce to do it? Dr. Deming knew that “A bad system will beat a good person every time.” His famous Red Bead Experiment was used to demonstrate the futility of attributing inconsistencies in a process to inconsistent performance of people. It is impossible to fix a bad system if the people who work within it simply offload blame on each other.

I’m going to be doing a workshop and learning sessions on Dr. Deming’s Red Bead Experiment at the 3rd Annual Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit (Europe edition) in March 2017.

My posts on Dr. Deming’s 1980 NBC documentary:


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Mark Graban's passion is creating a better, safer, more cost effective healthcare system for patients and better workplaces for all. Mark is a consultant, author, and speaker in the "Lean healthcare" methodology. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent project is an eBook titled Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also the VP of Improvement & Innovation Services for the technology company KaiNexus.

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