October 14, 2006

Deming The New Economics – Quotes

Book front cover
The New Economics for Industry, Government, Education
W Edwards Deming
4 out of 5 stars

Today I discovered the library and was fascinated. At my faculty we had the behind the scenes library – you could see only a selection of books and everything else was down in the basement and available upon request. But here … all those books – and you can open and browse any one of them. Back to Deming. Not exactly a review of his book, but some interesting quotes up to page 50.

It is easy to date an earthquake, but not a decline. (p. 5)

Unfortunately, almost everyone has an answer on how to achieve quality. (o. 13)

Quality of the product is the responsibility of management. Quality cannot be delegated. (p. 16-17)

Have you ever heard of a plant that closed? And why did it close? Shoddy workmanship? No. (p. 17)

Anyone outside the control limits is in need of special help. (p. 26)

Reward for good performance may be the same as reward to the weatherman for a pleasant day. (p. 28)

If people do not see the process, they can not improve it. (p. 30)

It is wrong to suppose that if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it – a costly myth. (p. 35)

To copy is to invite disaster. (p. 36)

On comission, focus was on sales. On salary, focus is on the customer. (p. 40)

Wherever there is fear, there will be wrong figures. (p. 43)

October 11, 2006

Time management

So we’re suposed to manage our time so that we can get the degree, learn something and also enjoy free time as well. All fair and square but what if you plan your week and other people mess it up? What if you do your tasks, but because others don’t you can’t get on with your next task?

This is again about Team 2. Why is it that we agree on reading certain things in the afternoon so we can discuss them the next day and then noone reads anything? The discussion time is supposed to be dedicated to discussion and not reading what you were supposed to read the day before. I just feel that we’re not getting anywhere (not even England as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern would say) – I do know that it is “only” a mini project but why is it taking so long to complete it then? We should have been finished with this and probably ISO so we can start researching for next week.

I truly hope we’ll be able to find the ropes so we can actually spend 5 hours each on each assignment instead of 10-15 hours each. Any thoughts on this???

October 04, 2006

Anyone else freezing on campus?

Ok, so we only get one fridge per flat but we get a complimentary freezer room? How come the heating is only mildly warming the radiator pipes but not the actual radiators? Sure the whales would be fine in these temperatures but my fat supplies are not sufficient to take this much longer :(

/me looks up to the skies and asks the gods of heat to send some to Tocil


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