Improvement Insights Blog
PDCA PDSA DMAIC Whatever!
Some people use PDCA, some use PDSA, some use DMAIC. It doesn’t matter what alphabet system you use. Here’s why:
“Hi, I’m Jay Arthur, author of “Lean Six Sigma Demystified” and QI Macros [software].
“When I started out (this was back in the 90s), it was Total Quality Management; the process was PDCA. Then later it was PDSA, and then it became DMAIC, and I’m sure there’s some new iteration of that that’s going to come out at some time.
“Don’t let these words freak you out: it’s just that it’s pretty much all the same process, pretty much all the same tools in the same order, right? We can still get the same outcome. It doesn’t matter; as long as you follow a process for improvement, guess what? You can win at this.
“So let’s go out there and make the world a better place. That’s my Improvement Insight for this week. Let’s go out and improve something.”