Instant Pudding

Posted on November 16, 2009 by

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“Let’s put up some posters around the building stating that quality is our number one objective, and we’ll certainly have fewer defects and better productivity.” This is an example of Instant Pudding. We may want quality and productivity to improve easily and almost effortlessly, but in reality it takes knowledge and hard work. Rather than an instant pudding, these quality improvements are a cheesecake that takes a long time to make correctly. W. Edwards Deming popularized the term “Instant Pudding” so one may encounter this term in Six Sigma circles. Deming is highly quotable, more of his well-known quotes can be found here: http://en.thinkexist.com/quotes/w._edwards_deming/.

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