Resources for Using the PDSA Cycle to Improve Results

Posted on October 28, 2013  Comments (3)

graphic image showing the PDSA cycle

PDSA Improvement cycle graphic from my book – Management Matters

Using the PDSA cycle (plan-do-study-act) well is critical to building a effective management system. This post provides some resources to help use the improvement cycle well.

I have several posts on this blog about using the PDSA cycle to improve results including:

The authors and consultants with Associates for Process Improvement have the greatest collection of useful writing on the topic. They wrote two indispensable books on the process improvement through experimentation: The Improvement Guide and Quality Improvement Through Planned Experimentation. And they have written numerous excellent articles, including:

Related: Good Process Improvement PracticesThe Art of Discovery (George Box)Planning requires prediction. Prediction requires a theory. (Ron Moen)

3 Responses to “Resources for Using the PDSA Cycle to Improve Results”

  1. Deming 101: Theory of Knowledge and the PDSA Improvement and Learning Cycle « The W. Edwards Deming Institute Blog
    December 3rd, 2013 @ 10:01 am

    Ian Bradbury: “The really critical piece of the [PDSA] cycle then is like we had in the story of Chantecler – prediction: prediction and the implicit theory upon which the prediction is based. So you are making change that is aimed at improvement but you are doing that at the same time as making predictions about outcomes articulating the theory. And then when outcomes are not as predicted… then we have cause to change the theory – cause to learn.”

  2. Root Cause, Interactions, Robustness and Design of Experiments » Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog
    June 18th, 2014 @ 10:23 am

    […] an area when the system is weak. Sometimes it is pretty easy to see issue and we can do some simple PDSA improvements. Sometimes it is a bit more difficult to see how interactions will have an impact and we can then […]

  3. Cliff Norman and Ron Moen Discuss the History of the PDSA Cycle « The W. Edwards Deming Institute Blog
    May 12th, 2016 @ 1:13 pm

    […] Cliff and Ron discuss the evolution of the PDSA Cycle, starting hundreds of years ago with the theories of Galileo and Aristotle. […]

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