My heroes and examples (5)

Production systems and their founding fathers: William Edwards Deming (1900 – 1993)

Deming grew up at the farm of his grandfather in Polk City. In 1917, he attended the University of Wyoming. In 1921, he received a Bachelor of science in electrical engineering. In 1925, he received a master’s degree at the University of Colorado. In 1928, he earned his doctorate at Yale University.


For a few years he studied with Walter a. Shewhart of Bell Telephone Laboratories. Shewhart’s theories about statistical control were the basis for Deming’s work. Statistical process control. This technique was applied massively times during the second world war, but faded in a few years.

Deming is known through his lectures in Japan. The first time he

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