William Edwards Deming – Total Quality Pioneer
The purpose of this paper is to define quality and its elements and explain why the elements of quality are useful in today’s environment. W. Edwards Deming is the pioneer chosen; how Deming used the total quality elements making him successful will be discussed. The future of quality will be addressed with my predictions for the end result.
Quality And Today’s Environment
Quality is defined as a measure of excellence or state of being free from defects, deficiencies, and significant variations (Business Dictionary, 2010). Ten elements of quality my former employer used in daily operations are; commitment, governance and accountability,
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3. Cease dependence on inspection to achieve quality. Eliminate the need for inspection on a mass basis by building quality into the product in the first place. 4. End the practice of awarding business on the basis of price tag. Instead, minimise total cost. Move towards a single supplier for any one item, on a long-term relationship of loyalty and trust. 5. Improve constantly and forever the system of production and service, to improve quality and productivity, and thus constantly decrease costs. 6. Institute training on the job. 7. Institute leadership. The aim of supervision should be to help people and machines and gadgets to do a better job. Supervision of management is in need of an overhaul, as well as supervision of production workers. 8. Drive out fear, so that everyone may work effectively for the company. 9. Break down barriers between departments. People in research, design, sales, and production must work as a team, to foresee problems of production and in use that may be encountered with the product or service. 10. Eliminate slogans, exhortations, and targets for the workforce asking for zero defects and new levels of productivity. Such exhortations only create adversarial relationships, as the bulk of the causes of low quality and low productivity belong to the system and thus lie beyond the power of the work force. 11 a. Eliminate work standards (quotas) on the factory floor. Substitute leadership. b.