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Profit in business comes from repeat customers, customers that boast about your project or service, and that bring friends with them.

Profit in business comes from repeat customers, customers that boast about your project or service, and that bring friends with them.

Quality is pride of workmanship.

Quality is pride of workmanship.

If you don't understand how to run an efficient operation, new machinery will just give you new problems of operation and maintenance. The sure way to increase productivity is to better administrate man and machine. ---->>>

A bad system will beat a good person every time.

A bad system will beat a good person every time.

If you can't describe what you are doing as a process, you don't know what you're doing. ---->>>

Innovation comes from the producer - not from the customer. ---->>>

It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory.

It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory.

It is not enough to do your best; you must know what to do, and then do your best.

It is not enough to do your best; you must know what to do, and then do your best.

Quality is everyone's responsibility. ---->>>

All anyone asks for is a chance to work with pride.

All anyone asks for is a chance to work with pride.

Rational behavior requires theory. Reactive behavior requires only reflex action. ---->>>

The emphasis should be on why we do a job. ---->>>

If you do not know how to ask the right question, you discover nothing. ---->>>

People with targets and jobs dependent upon meeting them will probably meet the targets - even if they have to destroy the enterprise to do it. ---->>>

Learning is not compulsory... neither is survival. ---->>>

Research shows that the climate of an organization influences an individual's contribution far more than the individual himself. ---->>>

The big problems are where people don't realise they have one in the first place. ---->>>

Whenever there is fear, you will get wrong figures. ---->>>

The prevailing - and foolish - attitude is that a good manager can be a good manager anywhere, with no special knowledge of the production process he's managing. A man with a financial background may know nothing about manufacturing shoes or cars, but he's put in charge anyway.

The prevailing - and foolish - attitude is that a good manager can be a good manager anywhere, with no special knowledge of the production process he's managing. A man with a financial background may know nothing about manufacturing shoes or cars, but he's put in charge anyway.

No one knows the cost of a defective product - don't tell me you do. You know the cost of replacing it, but not the cost of a dissatisfied customer. ---->>>

The average American worker has fifty interruptions a day, of which seventy percent have nothing to do with work. ---->>>

I am forever learning and changing.

I am forever learning and changing.

Customer expectations? Nonsense. No customer ever asked for the electric light, the pneumatic tire, the VCR, or the CD. All customer expectations are only what you and your competitor have led him to expect. He knows nothing else. ---->>>

What should be the aim of management? What is their job? Quality is the responsibility of the top people. Its origin is in the boardroom. They are the ones who decide. ---->>>

The result of long-term relationships is better and better quality, and lower and lower costs. ---->>>

Lack of knowledge... that is the problem. ---->>>

We are here to make another world.

We are here to make another world.

Hold everybody accountable? Ridiculous! ---->>>

You should not ask questions without knowledge. ---->>>

Eliminate numerical quotas, including Management by Objectives. ---->>>

When a system is stable, telling the worker about mistakes is only tampering. ---->>>

Any manager can do well in an expanding market. ---->>>

You can not define being exactly on time. ---->>>

Export anything to a friendly country except American management. ---->>>

I predicted in 1950 that in five years, manufacturers the world over would be screaming for protection. It took only four years. ---->>>

In Japan, a company worker's position is secure. He is retrained for another job if his present job is eliminated by productivity improvement. ---->>>

Declining productivity and quality means your unit production costs stay high but you don't have as much to sell. Your workers don't want to be paid less, so to maintain profits, you increase your prices. That's inflation. ---->>>

In 1945, the world was in a shambles. American companies had no competition. So nobody really thought much about quality. Why should they? The world bought everything America produced. It was a prescription for disaster. ---->>>

My mother was my biggest role model. She taught me to hate waste. We never wasted anything. ---->>>

People don't like to make mistakes. ---->>>

'Quality' means what will sell and do a customer some good - at least try to. ---->>>

The prevailing system of management has crushed fun out of the workplace. ---->>>

American management thinks that they can just copy from Japan. But they don't know what to copy. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: October 14, 1900
Birthplace:
Die: 12-20, 1993
Occupation: Scientist
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William Edwards Deming (October 14, 1900 – December 20, 1993) was an American engineer, statistician, professor, author, lecturer, and management consultant. Educated initially as an electrical engineer and later specializing in mathematical physics, he helped develop the sampling techniques still used by the U (wikipedia)