Update on The Deming Legacy: Free Sample Available on Leanpub

To download the free sample, please click The Deming Legacy, and then on Sample.PDF as shown below:


The book is intended to entertain while providing food for thought during a two to three-hour flight on a business trip. The first three chapters are now available as free downloads. In exchange, I would appreciate the following feedback:

  1. The value of this book for you.
  2. Questions you would like answered about the topics.
  3. Any comments or suggestions.

The complete table of contents is as follows:

  • Rereading Deming’s 14 Points
  • Point 1: Create constancy of purpose
  • Point 2: Adopt the new philosophy…
  • Point 3: Cease dependence on inspection for quality
  • Point 4: Stop awarding business based on price tag
  • Point 5: Improve the System Constantly and Forever
  • Point 6: Institute Training on the Job
  • Point 7: Institute Leadership
  • Point 8: Drive out fear
  • Point 9: Break down barriers between departments
  • Point 10: Eliminate slogans and exhortations
  • Point 11: Eliminate numerical quotas and goals
    • 11.a: Eliminate work standards for workers
    • 11.b: Eliminate numerical goals for managers
  • Point 12: Remove barriers to pride of workmanship
    • 12. a. Remove barriers that rob the hourly worker of his right to pride of workmanship
    • 12. b. Remove barriers that rob people in management and in engineering of their right to pride of workmanship
  • Point 13: Institute education and self improvement
  • Point 14: Put everybody to work on the transformation
  • Other enduring concepts from Deming
  • Common causes versus Special causes
  • Deming’s “System of Profound Knowledge”

The plan is for the book to be about 100 pages. Most of the material is already written, with drafts posted on this blog, but it still needs to be edited and organized as a book.

If you are interested, I would also like to know what price you would be willing to pay for it  in electronic or hardcopy form.


5 comments on “Update on The Deming Legacy: Free Sample Available on Leanpub

  1. Comment in the LEAN & Six Sigma Gobal Network discussion group on LinkedIn:

    One may be interested in the following lecture that Dr. Deming gave to 80% of the top management people in Japan delivered at the Mt. Hakone Conference Center in August 1950. One may even call it a lecture of historical significance since this particular one seems to have triggered the Japanese quality revolution and took Japan to where it is today.

  2. Comment in the LEAN & Six Sigma Gobal Network discussion group on LinkedIn:

    Let Dr. Deming speak for himself, back in 1984

    A very interesting (almost if he knew the future) interview.
    I use it a lot to inspire leaders on Dr. Deming. Unfortunately his 5 diseases are leading towards defensive reactions, like Dr. Deming received a lot when discussing the subject matter.

    Be curious and listen….

    “If you get defensive, you are losing curiosity”

    Good luck with the rest of your book. I will certainly buy a copy.

  3. Comment in the Continuous Improvement, Six Sigma, & Lean discussion group on LinkedIn:

    I’ve previewed the first three chapters and it looks good. It’s a straight and light hearted read and reflection on Deming’s 14 points and it’s relevance today. I thought it was quite well informed and applicable.

    Thanks Michel.

  4. Comment in the Operational Excellence discussion group on LinkedIn:

    Hi Michel, I’m currently studying my MBA and Deming is current, so I’ll be happy to review the three chapters and feedback, if you like.

    Good luck with the book.

  5. Comment in the Lean Practitioners discussion group on LinkedIn:

    Michel, this is great! It’s clear you have a wealth of insight and, crucially, relatable stories. And it seems you have the tech chops as well. Thanks for this – I look forward to the rest.

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