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Deming on Management: PDSA Cycle


Guest post by John Hunter, author of Management Matters: Building Enterprise Capability.

This is the first of a series of posts that will provide resources for those interested in particular topics (other topics will include: psychology, understanding variation, leadership and the red bead experiment).

PDSA Cycle

The PDSA (Plan – Do – Study – Act) cycle was also called the Shewhart cycle by Dr. Deming (and the Deming cycle by others).

The Improvement Guide is the book anyone interested in learning about the PDSA cycle should read (and re-read).

In depth articles exploring the history and thinking behind the PDSA cycle and what is critical to using it successfully.

image of the model for improvement

Image of the model for improvement with the PDSA cycle via Clearing Up Myths About the Deming Cycle.

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