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Strategic Planning with the PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Act) - The Deming Cycle Framework

PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Act) - The Deming Cycle is a technique that enables better strategic planning in business.

PDCA is an iterative four-step problem-solving process typically used in business process improvement. It is also known as the Deming Cycle, Shewhart cycle, Deming Wheel, or Plan-Do-Study-Act.

The Deming Cycle was introduced in Japan by allied occupational forces after World War II, and was responsible in large part for Japan's transformation to high-quality output.

Strategic Planning PDCA Plan Do Check Act PLAN
Establish the objectives and processes necessary to deliver results in accordance with the expected output. By making the expected output the focus, it differs from what would be otherwise in that the completeness and accuracy of the specification is also part of the improvement.

Implement the new processes.

Measure the new processes and compare the results against the expected results to ascertain any differences.

Analyze the differences to determine their cause. Each will be part of either one or more of the P-D-C-A steps. Determine where to apply changes that will include improvement. When a pass through these four steps does not result in the need to improve, refine the scope to which PDCA is applied until there is a plan that involves improvement.

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