I first met Davis Balestracci at a conference a few years back, where I heard him give a very spirited and insightful presentation. That's why I'm happy to have him as my guest for Episode #323 of the podcast.
We'll talk about a range of topics, including some of the key lessons that you'll find in his book (as a much deeper dive than we can get into here) Data Sanity: A Quantum Leap to Unprecedented Results (2nd edition). Davis has been a long-time columnist for Quality Digest, and you'll hear his thoughts on Process Behavior Charts, W. Edwards Deming, Lean Six Sigma, and more.
From his bio: “Davis has a BS degree in chemical engineering and an MS degree in statistics, yet describes himself as a “right-brained” statistician: his Myers-Briggs profile is INFP and he is a pipe organist who done graduate work in conducting.”
I hope you enjoy the discussion as much as I did. You can find his website here.
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Topics and notes for this episode:
- Find Davis on social media
- Please introduce yourself to the audience… how did you get involved in Quality Improvement work”
- “Deming gadfly”
- Deming's book Quality Productivity and Competitive Position
- “All work is a process” – do healthcare people have trouble seeing that?
- Your book is Data Sanity – what's some of the current-state “insanity” that you see out there?
- Is “more data” always more helpful or does that increase the “insanity?”
- When I was in Don Wheeler's seminar last week, he talked a lot about the real-world limitations of classical descriptive statistics (as taught in college classes or Six Sigma courses) – what are your thoughts on that?
- What are “hidden special causes?”
- What is “cultural psychology?”
- What if Lean would look at data as a process?
- Deming's 14 points are a “synergistic system”
- Heero Hacquebord
- QBQ: Question Behind the Question
- Brian Joiner's “Team Handbook“
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