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W. Edwards Deming
Born (1900-10-14)October 14, 1900
Sioux City, Iowa
Died December 20, 1993(1993-12-20) (aged 93)
Washington, D.C.
Fields Statistician
Alma mater University of Wyoming BSc
University of Colorado MS
Yale University PhD
Influences Walter A. Shewhart

You can not define being exactly on time.
‘Quality’ means what will sell and do a customer some good – at least try to.
W. Edwards Deming
I am forever learning and changing.
 Quality is pride of workmanship.
The prevailing system of management has crushed fun out of the workplace.
Quality is pride of workmanship.
It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory.
Research shows that the climate of an organization influences an individual’s contribution far more than the individual himself.
W. Edwards Deming
Customer expectations? Nonsense. No customer ever asked for the electric light, the pneumatic tire, the VCR, or the CD. All customer expectations are only what you and your competitor have led him to expect. He knows nothing else.
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What should be the aim of management? What is their job? Quality is the responsibility of the top people. Its origin is in the boardroom. They are the ones who decide.
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Any manager can do well in an expanding market.
If you do not know how to ask the right question, you discover nothing.
You should not ask questions without knowledge.
Profit in business comes from repeat customers, customers that boast about your project or service, and that bring friends with them.
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Hold everybody accountable? Ridiculous!
The emphasis should be on why we do a job.
I predicted in 1950 that in five years, manufacturers the world over would be screaming for protection. It took only four years.
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Lack of knowledge... that is the problem.
Declining productivity and quality means your unit production costs stay high but you don’t have as much to sell. Your workers don’t want to be paid less, so to maintain profits, you increase your prices. That’s inflation.
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No one knows the cost of a defective product – don’t tell me you do. You know the cost of replacing it, but not the cost of a dissatisfied customer.
W. Edwards Deming
If you don’t understand how to run an efficient operation, new machinery will just give you new problems of operation and maintenance. The sure way to increase productivity is to better administrate man and machine.
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Whenever there is fear, you will get wrong figures.
In 1945, the world was in a shambles. American companies had no competition. So nobody really thought much about quality. Why should they? The world bought everything America produced. It was a prescription for disaster.
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All anyone asks for is a chance to work with pride.
In Japan, a company worker’s position is secure. He is retrained for another job if his present job is eliminated by productivity improvement.
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Eliminate numerical quotas, including Management by Objectives.
Export anything to a friendly country except American management.
Rational behavior requires theory. Reactive behavior requires only reflex action.
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When a system is stable, telling the worker about mistakes is only tampering.
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Innovation comes from the producer - not from the customer.
The average American worker has fifty interruptions a day, of which seventy percent have nothing to do with work.
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We are here to make another world.
The big problems are where people don’t realise they have one in the first place.
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My mother was my biggest role model. She taught me to hate waste. We never wasted anything.
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People don't like to make mistakes.
A bad system will beat a good person every time.
If you can’t describe what you are doing as a process, you don’t know what you’re doing.
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It is not enough to do your best; you must know what to do, and then do your best.
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Quality is everyone's responsibility.
Learning is not compulsory... neither is survival.
The prevailing – and foolish – attitude is that a good manager can be a good manager anywhere, with no special knowledge of the production process he’s managing. A man with a financial background may know nothing about manufacturing shoes or cars, but he’s put in charge anyway.
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People with targets and jobs dependent upon meeting them will probably meet the targets – even if they have to destroy the enterprise to do it.
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The result of long-term relationships is better and better quality, and lower and lower costs.
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American management thinks that they can just copy from Japan. But they don’t know what to copy.
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