Deming was a statistician
and management thinker who had a profound
influence on the quality movement through
his work in both Japan and the USA. He is
beats known for his '14
points' and his 'System of
Deming earned a Doctorate in Physics from
Yale University in 1928, but his subsequent
work made him lean more towards statistics.
Deming went to Japan in 1947 to help the
U.S. Occupation. While there he gave lectures
to Japanese industry, the most significant
series being in 1950. Following these JUSE
created the prestigious 'Deming Prize',
an annual prize awarded to companies with
outstanding quality programs.
He returned to the US, still relatively
unknown, but his contribution to a television
documentary "If Japan can why can't
we" captured the attention of American
industry. He went on to advise and influence
the Ford Motor company, K Mart and Florida
Power and Light. Deming wrote "Out
of the Crisis" and "The New Economics
for Industry, Government and Education".
See the topic 'Quality
Leaders' for other key figures
in the quality movement.