Quality Always Costs Less – Dr. Edwards Deming

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Dr. Edwards Deming was the Deming 14 points and an innovator of modern improved quality production practices.

After the 2nd World War ended Japan was in ruins and was known for anything but quality.

Deming was the American that went in and taught the Japanese the one fundamental they needed to know in order to not only succeed, but to become the dominant force of industry in the world.

So what was the fundamental that Deming taught to key business principals?

Quality always costs less

He taught that quality always costs less and that as long as the Japanese could just focus on constantly improving, they would eventually be globally dominant.

People often say the Japanese make better products and to some degree it is true… but it’s not because they have superpowers..

It’s because they’ve consistently focused on the practice of constant and never-ending improvement (CANI) or “Kaizen”, as the Japanese call it.


What Can We Take From Dr. Edwards Deming?

I personally believe it’s important that we all realize that we all have our own personal “brands” and that everything we do reflects back on us.

If we put in a poor effort or take short cuts, over the short run we might save time, money and/or effort but over the long run we will always lose.

In our jobs, if we go the extra mile, we might get acknowledged, promoted or get greater opportunity to learn and excel. (if you’re an entrepreneur like me, you’ll probably be a fan of that last one. :))

They say “Anything worth doing is worth doing well”… well I agree but we can’t always be good at something when we start.

You don’t have to be perfect, just keep making effort, and keep getting better.

Remember, quality always costs less in verything we do…

So just ask yourself, “what can I make an improvement on today?” :)

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8 thoughts on “Quality Always Costs Less – Dr. Edwards Deming

  1. Chris

    Awesome article! My company strongly supports these principles with green and blackbelt training. Good to see you sharing them. Dr. Deming is amazing.

  2. irinadim

    Hello Andrew! Thanks for the follow. You’re right in advising: ‘You don’t have to be perfect, just keep making effort, and keep getting better.’ I love your blog and will follow it for daily inspiration. Have a great day!

  3. mcwatty9

    Thank you for shedding light on something I have never before heard of. Dr. Edwards Deming sounds like an outstanding individual and I now believe his principles most likely had a significant impact, somewhere along the way, in the current reliability of my Toyota Tacoma. Great post, job well done.

  4. Liz at Human Nature

    As a student of Goju Ryu Karate-Do, I can vouch for the effectiveness of “Kaizen”. We are taught through our martial arts practice that you can always improve, and that you are always learning – even our Supreme Master, a 10th degree black belt aged 75 who has spent a lifetime in the faithful study of Goju Ryu – still looks for improvement in his own practice and never stops learning. The result is not only excellence in this area, but also in many other areas of life. Moreover, even when you do something really well, you aren’t tempted to feel that you’ve ‘arrived’ and can therefore stop bothering to try and improve.

    I also thoroughly agree with mcwatty….I love Toyota cars and have been massively impressed with their reliability. And Dr Deming did indeed have a very significant impact at Toyota – they committed thoroughly to his theory. Dr. Shoichiro Toyoda (chairman of Toyota at the time) described him as “the core of our management”. Toyota has many times been held up as a great example of good management and commitment to excellence in business, not least because of Deming, I am sure!

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