W. Edwards Deming Quotes

Quotes by W. Edwards Deming

"No community need be poor if it has people and good management. No country need be poor if it has people and good management."


Standardization does not mean that we all wear the same color and weave of cloth, eat standard sandwiches, or live in standard rooms with standard furnishings. Homes of infinite variety of design are built with a few types of bricks, and with lumber of standard sizes, and with water and heating pipes and fittings of standard dimensions.


Data are not taken for museum purposes; they are taken as a basis for doing something. If nothing is to be done with the data, then there is no use in collecting any. The ultimate purpose of taking data is to provide a basis for action or a recommendation for action. The step intermediate between the collection of data and the action is prediction.


A company could put a top man at every position and be swallowed by a competitor with people only half as good, but who are working together.


To manage one must lead. To lead, one must understand the work that he and his people are responsible for.


he that would run his company on visible figures alone will in time have neither company nor figures.


The first step is transformation of the individual. This transformation is discontinuous. It comes from understanding of the system of profound knowledge.The individual, transformed, will perceive new meaning to his life, to events, to numbers, to interactions between people. Once the individual understands the system of profound knowledge, he will apply its principles in every kind of relationship with other people. He will have a basis for judgment of his own decisions and for transformation of the organizations that he belongs to.


This may be the world's most underdeveloped nation. We're number 1.


no one can guess the future loss of business from a dissatisfied customer. The cost to replace a defective item on the production line is fairly easy to estimate, but the cost of a defective item that goes out to a customer defies measure.


There is no such thing as arrival exactly on time. In fact, exactly on time can not be defined.


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