6th April 2002 - Studying with the Masters

Over the past three days I studied the works of one of the Quality "fathers", namely "Out of the Crisis" by W. Edward Deming. It was inspiring to read some of his original work. In my MBA studies I have heard references to his work many times, but I have never read the originals until now. It was interesting to hear the many examples and the background for his arguments for impacting the "stable systems" as well as systems thinking in general: "it is not enough that everyone does their best" –it has to be a management effort to improve the system.

Although the book has an overweight of exemplification from production facilities, I feel, with my present field of work in the software industry, that many of his cases and recommendations hold relevant information for me…

Most important for me was to seek knowledge at the source from which so many "best practices" have been derived.

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