W. Edwards Deming Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old W. Edwards Deming quotes, W. Edwards Deming sayings, and W. Edwards Deming proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Learning is not compulsory... neither is survival. W. Edwards Deming
Innovation comes from the producer - not from the customer. W. Edwards Deming
Quality is everyone's responsibility. W. Edwards Deming
Quality begins with the intent, which is fixed by management. W. Edwards Deming
It is not enough to do your best; you must know what to do, and THEN do your best. W. Edwards Deming
Transformation is not automatic. It must be learned; it must be led. W. Edwards Deming
Improve quality, you automatically improve productivity. W. Edwards Deming
Any manager can do well in an expanding market. W. Edwards Deming
Meeting specifications is not enough. W. Edwards Deming
Zero defects is a super highway going down the tube. W. Edwards Deming
Experience by itself teaches nothing...Without theory, experience has no meaning. Without theory, one has no questions to ask. Hence without theory there is no learning. W. Edwards Deming
Understanding variation is the key to success in quality and business. W. Edwards Deming
You can only elevate individual performance by elevating that of the entire system. W. Edwards Deming
It is not enough to do your best; you must know what to do, and then do your best. W. Edwards Deming
If you can't describe what you are doing as a process, you don't know what you're doing. W. Edwards Deming
Profit in business comes from repeat customers. W. Edwards Deming
A bad system will beat a good person every time. W. Edwards Deming
Eighty-five percent of the reasons for failure are deficiencies in the systems and process rather than the employee. The role of management is to change the process rather than badgering individuals to do better. W. Edwards Deming
Quality is everyone’s responsibility. W. Edwards Deming
It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory. W. Edwards Deming
Quality begins with the intent, which is fixed by management. W. Edwards Deming
Profit in business comes from repeat customers, customers that boast about your project or service, and that bring friends with them. W. Edwards Deming
Quality is everyone's responsibility. W. Edwards Deming
It is not enough that top management commit themselves for life to quality and productivity. They must know what it is that they are committed to that is, what they must do. These obligations cannot be delegated. Support is not enough; action is required. W. Edwards Deming