Lean Blog Interviews — 280: John Dyer, Deming’s Red Bead Experiment

A returning guest today for episode #280 is John Dyer, president of his consulting firm, JD&A, Inc., and a contributor for IndustryWeek.com. As we discussed in episode #229, John started his career at General Electric and later moved to Ingersoll-Rand, where he was VP of Operations for their Security and Safety sector. He also had the good fortune to learn directly from W. Edwards Deming, as he took the famed four-day seminar (that included the Red Bead Experiment) and was also invited to take the follow on course with a smaller group. You’ll also want to scroll down to see the great picture that he posted on Twitter of him and Dr. Deming. Today, our focus is that famed “Red Bead Experiment.” We’ll talk about it, he’ll share memories of Dr. Deming facilitating this, and we’ll both share and discuss our reflections and our experiences with this, and the lessons learned. Tomorrow, I am facilitating the experiment as part of my “Better Metrics” workshop that I’m leading in Seattle through Catalysis. I’ll also be doing this in June before the Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit (you can still sign up). And, of course, I’d love to come to your organization to do the workshop and help you with your approach to managing metrics, people, and improvement.