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The “Grand-Daddy of Quality”

Elisabeth Swan, writing for Go Lean Six Sigma, highlights elements of the great Dr. W. Edwards Deming’s legacy. See below for my top takeaways.


  • Honored with countless awards—to such an extent that the Japanese created one inspired by his ideals; the Deming prize—Dr. Deming was renowned for being a visionary
  • Credited for the complete turnabout of Japanese manufacturing, and then incidentally the boost to Japanese economy, after WWII
  • His principles and Deming Cycle of Plan, Do, Check, and Adjust (PDCA) still influence management today to align their organizations to a common purpose of transformation and improvement


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