[permaculture] William E. Deming

Lawrence F. London, Jr. lflj at intrex.net
Tue Jun 3 01:44:04 EDT 2008

David Glober wrote:

> 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
>  standards
> http://www.isixsigma.com/library/content/c031008a.asp


All of the above would apply to a family farm seriously interested in production and economic success (it survives,
is able to sustain itself indefinitely materially as well as financially).
The financial par would imply that it would have the ability to weather market forces and operating costs
and would be able to scale its market niche more and more to local sources. A microcosm of such farms could form
overlapping networks to provide goods locally and regionally. Access common resources such as marketing coops and 
equipment and materials pools would help this work in a big way.

There's lots to say about this and how Deming's ideas could be put to work on a small farm. Its kind of in the
AGOTO Dept. to say that his ideas would be useful in that context (amazing grasp of the obvious dept.)

"Cross-functional process management Attain, maintain, improve standards" would seem to be principles directly 
appliocable to the practice of permaculture and the developmet of permaculture systems on a property or farm.


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