Deming’s 14 Points

Offered as a refresher: Deming’s 14 points.*

How are we doing?

  1. Create constancy of purpose for the improvement of product and service, with the aim to become competitive and to stay in business, and to create jobs.
  2. Adopt a new philosophy.  We are in a new economic age.  Western management must awaken to the challenge, must learn their responsibilities, and take on leadership for change.
  3. Cease dependence on inspection to achieve quality.  Eliminate the need for inspection on mass basis by building quality into the product in the first place.
  4. End the practice of awarding business on the basis of price tag.  Instead, minimize total cost.  Move toward a single supplier for any one item, on a long-term relationship of loyalty and trust.
  5. Improve constantly and forever, the system of production and service, to improve quality and productivity, and thus constantly decrease costs.
  6. Institute training on the job.
  7. Institute leadership.  The aim of supervision should be to help people and machines and gadgets to do a better job.  Supervision of management is in need of an overhaul, as well as supervision of production workers.
  8. Drive out fear so that everyone may work effectively for the company.
  9. Break down barriers between departments.  People in research, design, sales, and production must work as a team to foresee problems in production and in use that may be encountered with the product or service.
  10. Eliminate slogans, exhortations, and targets for the work force asking for zero defects and new levels of productivity.  Such exhortations only create adversarial relationships, as the bulk of the causes of low quality and productivity belong to the system and thus are beyond the power of the work force.
  11. a. Eliminate work standards (quotas) on the factory floor.  Substitute leadership.
    b. Eliminate management by objective.  Eliminate management by numbers, numerical goals.  Substitute leadership.
  12. a. Remove barriers that rob the hourly worker of his (sic) right to pride of workmanship.  The responsibility of supervisors must be changed from sheer numbers to quality.
    b. Remove barriers that rob people in management and in engineering of their right to pride in workmanship.  This means, inter alia, abolishment of the annual or merit rating of management by objective.
  13. Institute a vigorous program of education and self-improvement.
  14. Put everybody in the company to work to accomplish the transformation.  The transformation is everybody’s job.

* From Covert, Jack, and Todd Sattersten.  2009.  The 100 Best Business Books of All Time. New York: Penguin Group, 160.

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