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  • Statistical Techniques Allow Management to do a Better Job

    In this post I discuss another wonderful paper by Dr. Deming. The W. Edwards Deming Institute makes this paper, and many more, available on our website. As you would expect from a non-profit focused on promoting the application of his ideas these articles are freely available with no barriers to ...

    Tags: data, Dr. Deming, understanding variation, articles, culture, evidence based management, important, organization as a system, spc, statistics

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  • How to Use Data and Avoid Being Mislead by Data

    One of the four areas of Deming’s management system is “understanding variation.” The core principle underlying that concept is using data to improve while understanding what data is and is not telling you. The mistakes in interpreting data are very often related to mistaking n...

    Tags: data, psychology, understanding variation, book, evidence based management, statistics, strategy, theory of knowledge

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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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  • The Real Lessons of the Red Bead Factory

      The video shows a recorded webinar for the Healthcare Value Network by Mark Graban and Mike Stoecklein. In the video they explore the real lessons of Dr. Deming’s famous red bead factory demonstration and the principle of understanding and managing variation. Mark mentions how Bi...

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  • W. Edward Deming Discussing the Leadership We Need in Our Organizations

      This is a very interesting interview with W. Edwards Deming by Bill Scherkenbach (recording in February 1984, during this time Bill Scherkenbach worked at Ford and Deming was consulting with Ford). In this post I continue to explore this powerful video; it is part two of: Bill Scherkenb...

    Tags: data, Dr. Deming, psychology, respect for people, The W. Edwards Deming Institute, understanding variation, video, evidence based management, gemba, important, intrinsic motivation, leadership, management system, managing people

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  • Understanding Data is Often Challenging

    Using data to understand the system and validate our theories and successful improvements is an important part managing well. In some cases it is fairly easy to understand and collect data that provides a clear and accurate measure of what we care about. But getting data that helps can also be ve...

    Tags: data, systems thinking, theory of knowledge, understanding variation, evidence based management, health care, operational definition, statistics, webcasts

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  • Applying Understanding of Variation to Large Datasets

    Understanding Variation by Thomas Nolan, Rocco J. Perla and Lloyd Provost. There have been large changes in the use of data since the publication of Understanding Variation, by Thomas Nolan and Lloyd Provost. The new article discusses how to use an understanding of variation when working with lar...

    Tags: data, process thinking, systems thinking, control charts, process improvement, quality tools, special cause, statistics, understanding variation

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  • What we see…

    Post by Bill Bellows, Deputy Director, The Deming Institute In reflecting on the popularity of lean, I offer a proposal to those who provide both educational resources and qualifications to lean practitioners.   While using the educational foundation established in The Machine That...

    Tags: continual improvement, Dr. Deming, management systems, system of profound knowledge, understanding variation, learning, organization as a system, System of Profound Knowledge

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  • Using Checklists to Reduce Process Variation and Improve Results

    The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande is a wonderful book about how to create systems that work. At the core the Checklist Manifesto is about determining the critical process conditions and creating a system to assure that the those process items are properly handled. In the book Atul Gawande...

    Tags: process thinking, systems thinking, understanding variation, book, change, culture, evidence based management, health care, management, management concepts, management system, organization as a system, quality tools, standard work, standardization

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  • Eric Budd Presentation on Data and Operational Definitions

    Eric Budd’s presentation at the 2016 Annual Deming Institute Conference: An Exercise in Operational Definition.   The exercise Eric uses in the presentation shows how much variation can show up in data – just from how the data is collected. And in this example the data even has...

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