“Would Dr. Deming Have Been a Black Belt?”

Industry Week’s John Dyer asks if Dr. Deming would have embraced today’s Lean and Six Sigma principles if he was still alive. See my summaries from his piece underneath.


  • Many argue how Dr. Deming would side on the Lean vs. Six Sigma debate if he was still around, but both are necessary to for a solid continuous improvement plan
  • Not only this, if they are both to be implemented successfully then Deming would have advocated that everyone, at all levels of the company, be involved
  • Rather than just have a few Six Sigma black belts leading the team, Deming would probably argue that no one be segregated, and all employees be trained up

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