Lean Blog Audio — Dr. Don Berwick is “Stunned” By How Few


This article, from December, was floating around social media the other day (hat tip to Paul Levy):Don Berwick Offers Health Care 9 Steps to End Era of ‘Complex Incentives’ and ‘Excessive Measurement’

Among the points that Berwick makes, here is the one most directly related to Deming, Lean, and continuous improvement:

5. Recommit to improvement science: For improvement methods to work, you have to use them, and most of us are not. I’m trying to be polite, but I am stunned by the number of organizations I visit today in which no one has studied [W. Edwards] Deming’s work, no one recognizes a process control chart, no one has mastered the power of testing PDSA (plan-do-study-act), Nathaniel’s Method or the route to the top. You can see the proof of concept. This is beyond theory now.

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