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We Help Operations Managers to Conceive and Actualize Their Industrial Visions Based on the Lean Manufacturing Culture

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PDCA (Plan–Do–Check–Act) is a continuous cyclic steps-based method for organizations to control and apply continuous improvement in their processes and products.

PDCA Cycle or PDCA Wheel is associated with W. Edwards Deming so sometimes it is also known as the Deming Wheel, or Deming Cycle.

PDCA Cycle of Improvement:

  • Plan: Pinpoint an area for focus, and create an action plan,
  • Do: Carry out the actions,
  • Check: Verify the results and
  • Act: Ensure level maintenance and continuous improvement.

The model can be implemented to improve the quality and effectiveness of product and processes in various functions of the organization. It provides a simple and effective approach for problem solving. It enables to develop ideas about what needs to change, test these ideas in a continuous feedback loop, and gain valuable learning and knowledge. An organization doing continuous improvement can create a culture of problem solving. Improvement ideas can be tested on a small area. In case of a success using the same ideas, it can horizontally deploy to a wider range.

When PDCA method should be Used?

  • Starting a new Continuous improvement project
  • In case of R&D testing something new
  • Implementing change Management
  • Resolving a repetitive work process
  • Trying to resolve an issue or anomaly
  • Implementing Quality Improvement Projects
  • Development of new or old process
  • Improving a process
  • Trying a new or improved design of a product, or service
  • Implementation of a new Idea

More details on PDCA:

PDCA model is simple but the working on PDCA is not easy. PDCA breaks improvement cycle into small steps, the steps can be slow and may provide not great solution for urgent jobs. PDCA can be used in different variety of processes, products and functions in an organization.

The PDCA model is simple and easy to understand, and also it is very effective in terms of change and improvement while reducing waste and increasing efficiency. It is not a one-time activity. It is an ongoing, continuous process and hence requires continuous effort and constant commitment, to get continuous fruitful results against your efforts. Without organizational commitment, the PDCA cycle can’t provide effective results for a long time. The iterative process of the PDCA cycle promotes a continuous improvement culture in an organization.

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