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Applying PDCA to a Lean Deployment

Anyone who has read many of the posts on this blog will probably notice that I’m a little obsessed with the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle.  There is good reason for this. I believe that understanding and internalizing PDCA is an absolute necessity to have any chance of achieving a sustained lean transformation. It surprises me when … Continue reading

PDCA: Kaizen Tool Or Mental Model

“Management is prediction.”  – W. Edwards Deming Much of the literature about the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle focuses on its application to kaizen activities.  This is unfortunate because PDCA has a much wider application across a business and can be used to clarify direction, increase learning, align efforts, and improve results. The benefits of PDCA begin … Continue reading