Each year, lean and quality bloggers take a look at other great blogs in the Management Improvement Blog Carnival organized by John Hunter.
One blog I want you to know about this year is the Deming Institute Blog. W. Edwards Deming taught us about processes, developing and testing theories, learning, and the human desire to make things better. Deming’s thinking was so deep that his books are very subtle -- it’s easy to miss the deeper meaning with only one read of one book.
That’s why continuing to interpret his work is so important and helpful. The need for people to dive in and spend years learning and explaining it to the rest of us is great. The Deming Institute continues to share his teachings by collecting his work and making it available and teaching his principles faithfully and accurately. The Deming Institute blog helps keep Deming’s work alive, not frozen in the past.
The blog's statement of purpose reads:
“...we will explore Deming’s ideas on management by examining at his works and exploring how the ideas are being applied in organizations today. While he was alive Deming continued to learn and add to his management philosophy. This blog will attempt to hold true to his ideas while also looking at how those ideas have been, and are being, extended and implemented.”
Several recent posts have shared video clips of new presentations from the 2013 Deming Institute conference, plus comments about them. While snippets of knowledge may take some work to interrelate, the four parts of Deming’s System of Profound Knowledge are explained by people who know their stuff. I came away with some new insights after a couple of hours on the blog, wandering around, reading and listening. John Hunter, our Blog Carnival leader, happens to be the chief blogger at the Deming Institute. Not only is he a web technology wizard (there’s no better word), but he is also steeped in the quality culture -- and is an excellent teacher.
Here are a few pages to spend some time with:
The blog’s content is not limited to videos from the conference. It also includes guest posts like this one from Tim Higgins, The Futility of a Numerical Goal, and John’s own perspectives.
Let’s not let Dr. Deming become merely a figure in the history of the quality movement. The Deming Institute blog is a great way to tap into his teachings every few days and continue his legacy into the present.