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Plan-Do-Check-Act (P-D-C-A)

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This is a short presentation that I have created for explaining the iterative process for continuous improvement. It shows the Plan-Do-Check-Act (P-D-C-A) methodology that is standard practice in industry for process improvement and product improvement. This is a methodology used for developing anything from automobiles, to mobile phones, to software, and Information Technology.

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Plan-Do-Check-Act (P-D-C-A)

  1. 1. Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) Cycle Rahul Laxman Iyer ASQ Certified Quality Engineer Mesa AZ USA 10/31/2015 Image Source: Health & Safety Executive, United Kingdom; http://www.hse.gov.uk/managing/delive ring/
  2. 2. The Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) Cycle What is PDCA? History of PDCA Where PDCA Can Be Applied Examples of PDCA
  3. 3. What Is PDCA?  Definition of PDCA: − An iterative four-step management method used in business for the control and continuous improvement of processes and products − Sometimes referred to as the Deming Circle/Cycle/Wheel or the Shewhart Cycle − Bedrock of continuous improvement, and forms part of the foundation for the Toyota Production System (TPS)
  4. 4. PDCA Cycle  PLAN  Establish the objectives and processes necessary to deliver results in accordance with the expected output  DO  Implement the plan, execute the process, make the product.  CHECK  Study the actual results  ACT  Act on the recommendation/change based upon the data. This then becomes the new standard. The process then can restart. P-D-C-A is an iterative process
  5. 5. History of PDCA  Traditionally attributed to W Edwards Deming, PhD, Yale University − Deming attributed the methodology to Walter Shewhard, PhD, University of California- Berkeley  Developed in the 1930's originally by Walter Shewhard, PhD  Revised by W Edwards Deming, PhD in the 1940s, and used as part of the development of the quality field post WW II  Rooted in the Scientific Method as described by Francis Bacon, Cambridge University, 1620
  6. 6. History of PDCA  W Edwards Deming, PhD, Yale University  Walter Shewhard, PhD, University of California- Berkeley  Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, Cambridge University
  7. 7. Application of P-D-C-A Process Improvement Product Improvement
  8. 8. Examples of PDCA Evolution of the mobile telephone & the automobile
  9. 9. Conclusion What is PDCA? History of PDCA Where PDCA Can Be Applied Examples of PDCA
  10. 10. Conclusion What is PDCA? History of PDCA Where PDCA Can Be Applied Examples of PDCA

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