Best of Back to Basics: The Benefits of PDCA
Use this cycle for continual process improvement
- Quality Progress
- January 2016
- Volume 49 Issue 1
- pp. 45
- Johnson, Corinne N.
- ASQ, Milwaukee, WI
The PDCA cycle is also known by two other names, the Shewhart cycle and the Deming cycle. Walter A. Shewhart first discussed the concept of PDCA in his 1939 book, Statistical Method From the Viewpoint of Quality Control. Shewhart said the cycle draws its structure from the notion that constant evaluation of management practices, as well as the willingness of management to adopt and disregard unsupported ideas, is key to the evolution of a successful enterprise.