[permaculture] William E. Deming

David Glober david.glober at yahoo.com
Mon Jun 2 21:55:42 EDT 2008

Thanks Lawrence and JK for posting on Deming. While Deming didn't get
much regard during his lifetime in the US, years after his passing much
traces back in large part to his work that shows up in both Japanese
and US management - Total Quality Management (TQM), Continuous Process
Improvement, etc. While this is a corporate culture phenomenon, I
wonder how it might apply to Permaculture - perhaps if or as Permie
practices grow in acceptance and application, and more people,
organizations and communities might get involved.

Any one with thoughts on connections to the ol' family farm?

Principles of TQM
The key principles of TQM are as following:3Management CommitmentPlan (drive, direct) Do (deploy, support, participate) Check (review) Act (recognize, communicate, revise)Employee Empowerment Training Suggestion scheme Measurement and recognition Excellence teamsFact Based Decision Making SPC (statistical process control) DOE, FMEA The 7 statistical tools TOPS (FORD 8D - Team Oriented Problem Solving)Continuous ImprovementSystematic measurement and focus on CONQ Excellence teams Cross-functional process management Attain, maintain, improve standardsCustomer Focus Supplier partnership Service relationship with internal customers Never compromise quality Customer driven

David Glober ~ San Francisco

Recent Permaculture Design Cert Grad

david.glober at yahoo.com


--- On Sat, 5/17/08, J. Kolenovsky <garden at hal-pc.org> wrote:
Good man. We need a few more.
William Edwards Deming (October 14, 1900-December 20, 1993) was an American
statistician, college professor, author, lecturer, and consultant. Deming is
widely credited with improving production in the United States during World
War II, although he is perhaps best known for his work in Japan. There, from
1950 onward he taught top management how to improve design (and thus
service), product quality, testing and sales (the last through global
markets)[1] through various methods, including the application of
statistical methods. Deming made a significant contribution to Japan's
renown for innovative high-quality products and its economic power. He is
regarded as having had more impact upon
 Japanese manufacturing and business
than any other individual not of Japanese heritage. Despite being considered
something of a hero in Japan, he was only beginning to win widespread
recognition in the U.S. at the time of his death. THAT WAS A SHAME!


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