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continual improvement:

. . . an enterprise management philosophy attributed to W. Edwards Deming and applied as a pursuit of ever-higher levels of performance excellence executed on an incremental basis. Continual means "frequent, repeated or seemingly without interruption" (source of quote). The source goes on to help clarify incremental to mean that continual improvement is a start-stop, start-stop achievement process.

As a commitment to change, continual improvement . . . isn't about how good you are, its about how good you are at getting better!—this according to consultant, Gene Glover. Changing for the better . . . should be approached on 3 levels: physical, logical and emotional, according to Deming’s Road to Continual Improvement. Continual improvement and related spin-off initiatives are processes of enterprise development.

related: continuous improvement; reengineering; quality initiative; lean principles

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W. Edwards Deming:

Take a look at the website of the Deming Institute, Palos Verdes Estates, CA (The W. Edwards Deming Institute). Also, Wikipedia has an article about Deming (1900 – 1993) stating that he was an . . . American statistician, professor, author, lecturer and consultant. He is perhaps best known for the "Plan-Do-Check-Act" cycle (source of quote).

Deming is also well known for his contribution to quality initiatives and pursuits of excellence through his 14-point management philosophy, an approach developed in the mid-20th century and applied to improve production efficiency, increase productivity and reduce the costs of enterprise operations. Deming's management method contributed to the rebuilding of the Japanese economy in the 1950s. Enterprises, consultants, and coaches have since applied Deming's methods in various forms to the installation of quality systems with identities such as Total Quality Management (TQM) and Six-Sigma.

The following quote is attributed the writings of William Scherkenbach: Putting Deming’s theory into practice requires “change” . . . (source of quote ). More of the quote is part of the definition of continual improvement at the top of this page (Deming’s Road to Continual Improvement is the title of a book by Scherkenbach.)

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