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  • Systems Thinking: Feedback Loops

    Appreciation for a system is one of the four components of Deming’s management system. In this context the most common item to think of is Deming’s diagram of an organization as a system. That is a powerful diagram. When thinking of appreciation for a system within the Deming contex...

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  • Transforming Jet-Hot by Viewing the Organization as a System

    Guest post by John Hunter. Jet-Hot‘s story provides an example of applying Deming’s work to transform a real enterprise. Gordon McGilton and Dennis Sergent share evidence from their experience that will help others transform their enterprises by focusing on their system and aim. Jet-...

    Tags: management systems, systems thinking, video, case study, continual improvement, culture, Deming Research Seminar, flowchart, important, management system, manufacturing, organization as a system, quality tools, technology

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  • The Schools Our Children Deserve by Alfie Kohn

      Alfie Kohn starts with an excellent discussion his fear of applying business improvement ideas in the education setting. …And yet, Dr. Deming’s work offered some principles at an abstract level that when pulled out of a workplace context turn out to be equally revolutionar...

    Tags: education, events, psychology, systems thinking, video, Deming in Education videos, evidence based management, webcasts

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  • A New Synthesis from a Transcending Perspective to Personal Improvement

    Clare Crawford Mason spoke at the The W. Edwards Deming Institute conference in l997 in Alexandria, Virginia. Here is an excerpt from that talk: Profound Knowledge: A New Synthesis from a Transcending Perspective to Personal Improvement We are all familiar with the systems diagram Dr. Deming p...

    Tags: systems thinking, articles, conference, Deming Institute annual conference, process improvement, System of Profound Knowledge

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  • Minimize Total Cost

    End the practice of awarding business on the basis of price tag. Instead, minimize total cost. Move toward a single supplier for any one item, on a long-term relationship of loyalty and trust. Point 4 in Dr. W. Edwards Deming’s 14 Points for Management This point is one of the less contro...

    Tags: management systems, systems thinking, 14 points, cost cutting, organization as a system, short term thinking, suppliers

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  • Specification-based Management is Not Sufficient

    Guest post by Bill Bellows (originally written as a comment about the question of how Dr. Deming viewed six sigma). While Dr. Deming was known for his appreciation of continuous improvement, he was also know for encouraging us to think of variation and improvement from a systems perspective. As ...

    Tags: continual improvement, systems thinking, understanding variation, manufacturing, specification

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  • You are no Daniel Kahneman, sir, and I would have you unhand me before I call the gendarmie

    This is Daniel Kahneman He won a Nobel prize, he has written loads of books, all about how you think and how you make decisions. He has simply loads to offer to help people make better decisions. You’d think that people … Continue reading → Original: https://thinkpurpose...

    Tags: all wrong, systems thinking, psychology, thinking, daniel kahneman, leaders

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  • Why do you need a hole in your head?

    Why is it that a…  …is a really essential thing to have? Here’s why! You’re the head cook in a primary school. It’s your job to design the menu and make the meals. You want to make the healthiest food … Continue reading → Original: https://think...

    Tags: knowledge, systems thinking, cook, curiousity, get knowledge, learning, questions

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  • How to spoil someone for work (for ever more)

      There were 7 reasons why you shouldn’t touch systems thinking, and here’s an 8th… 8: You might get a sniff of systemsy heaven, but then end up working in command and control hell. Systems thinking makes no promises about being … Continue reading → Ori...

    Tags: systems thinking, systemz comix, targets, call centre, sales, Vanguard method

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  • Are you a policy fashion victim?

    I’m a big fan of Nassim Taleb but clearly he’s no fan of the likes of me. My one saving grace?  I do deadlift, 127.5kg for 6 reps, Mr Taleb. He’s never heard of me, but he knows my type.  I’m a … Continue reading → Original: https://think...

    Tags: all wrong, command and control, public sector, systems thinking, nassim taleb, policy officer, skin in the game

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