Joseph Juran 1904 – 2008


Joseph Juran, 103, Pioneer in Quality Control, Dies – New York Times

I haven't run the numbers, but it's probably fair to say that Juran's lifespan was far beyond +3 standard deviations beyond the mean. His impact and influence on the business world, quality, Lean, and Six Sigma was certainly well off the positive end of the bell curve.

It sounds like he never retired since he found so much joy in his work. Juran (to the left in the picture with Dr. Deming) is survived by a wife of 81 years, also living far beyond the mean. The NY Times obituary and the wikipedia page tells the story of a pretty amazing life. Rest in peace.

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. His latest book is Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. He also published the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.

1 Comment
  1. Bala says

    Rest in Peace ? Knowing him – he would now be working on making heaven an even better place to be !!!

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