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Deming Cycle (PDCA Cycle)

What is Deming Cycle (PDCA Cycle)
Deming Cycle (PDCA Cycle) is a method of a gradual improvement of the quality of the, for example products, services, processes, applications, data, going through repeated implementation of four basic activities: plan, do, check, act.

Deming Cycle (PDCA Cycle) is a method of a gradual improvement of the quality of the, for example products, services, processes, applications, data, going through repeated implementation of four basic activities:

  • P - Plan - planning proposed improvement
  • D - Do . plan implementation
  • C - Check - check the result from the original plan
  • A - Act - plan adjustments and the actual implementation based on the verification, and space implementation of the improvements in practice

Note: Although this method is named after W. E. Deming, its author is Deming’s professor Walter A. Shewhart.

Similar methods:

  • In a field of the learning there is similar approach - Kolb’s Learning Cycle
  • For management and change implementation it is used the DMAIC method

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