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The Deming Cycle

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Also known as the Plan, Do, Check, Act (PDCA) cycle, Deming Wheel and Shewhart Cycle it is an established process to achieve continuous improvement in your business.

It was created by Dr William Deming in the 1950s based on the work of statistician Walter A Shewert’s 1920s Plan, Do, See model.

Deming introduced and tested his model with Japanese manufacturing following World War 2, helping their damaged economy become the second largest in the world. His work directly led to the rise and prominence of Japanese automotive companies.

Toyota was one of the first to implement Deming’s management teachings and their management models are widely studied as the management holy grail.

How can you use the PDCA cycle to improve your business?

  1. Plan ahead for what you want to achieve and understand why you must achieve these plans.
  2. Do the planned actions to achieve your objectives and goals.
  3. Check your results against your plans and adjust your plans and actions accordingly.
  4. Act on what’s working and refine what isn’t working.