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:

Famed NBC Video with Dr. Deming from 1980 Now Available: “If Japan Can, Why Can't We?”

More Notes on Dr. Deming & “If Japan Can, Why Can't We?” (Part 3)

Podcast #238 – Kevin Cahill, on his Grandfather, W. Edwards Deming


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Mark Graban
Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker, and podcaster with experience in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. Mark's new book is The Mistakes That Make Us: Cultivating a Culture of Learning and Innovation. He is also the author of Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More, the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, and the anthology Practicing Lean. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.


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