W. Edwards Deming Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old w. edwards deming quotes, w. edwards deming sayings, and w. edwards deming proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Learning is not compulsory... neither is survival.      

W. Edwards Deming

Innovation comes from the producer - not from the customer.     

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Quality is everyone's responsibility.     

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Quality begins with the intent, which is fixed by management.     

W. Edwards Deming

It is not enough to do your best; you must know what to do, and THEN do your best.     

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Transformation is not automatic. It must be learned; it must be led.     

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Improve quality, you automatically improve productivity.     

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Any manager can do well in an expanding market.     

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Meeting specifications is not enough.     

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Zero defects is a super highway going down the tube.     

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Experience by itself teaches nothing...Without theory, experience has no meaning. Without theory, one has no questions to ask. Hence without theory there is no learning.     

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Understanding variation is the key to success in quality and business.      

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You can only elevate individual performance by elevating that of the entire system.     

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It is not enough to do your best; you must know what to do, and then do your best.     

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If you can't describe what you are doing as a process, you don't know what you're doing.     

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Profit in business comes from repeat customers.     

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A bad system will beat a good person every time.     

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Eighty-five percent of the reasons for failure are deficiencies in the systems and process rather than the employee. The role of management is to change the process rather than badgering individuals to do better.     

W. Edwards Deming

Quality is everyone’s responsibility.     

W. Edwards Deming

It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory.     

W. Edwards Deming

Quality begins with the intent, which is fixed by management.     

W. Edwards Deming