Defects are not free. Somebody makes them, and gets paid for making them.
You can learn a lot about ice and still not understand water.
A good question for anybody in business to ask is What business are we in? To do well what we are doing-i.e., to turn out a good product, or good service, whatever it be? Yes, of course, but this is not enough. We must keep asking - What product or service would help our customers more? We must think about the future. What will we be making 5 years from now? 10 years from now?
management by numerical goal is an attempt to manage without knowledge of what to do, and in fact is usually management by fear.
Every system is perfectly designed to get the results it gets.
A leader is a coach, not a judge.
The aim of education should be to preserve and nurture the yearning for learning that a child is born with. Grades and gold stars destroy this yearning for learning.
Pay is not a motivator.
All that we have comes from people who are responsible only to themselves.
The merit rating nourishes short-term performance, annihilates long-term planning, builds fear, demolishes teamwork, [and] nourishes rivalry and politics. It leaves people bitter, crushed, bruised, battered, desolate, despondent, dejected, feeling inferior, some even depressed, unfit for work for weeks after receipt of rating, unable to comprehend why they are inferior. It is unfair, as it ascribes to the people in a group differences that may be caused totally by the system that they work in.
Quotes by W. Edwards Deming that W. Edwards Deming referenced.