PDCA - The tool for solving most of your problems

This short course on PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act) is a valuable learning experience for individuals or organizations looking to improve their problem-solving and continuous improvement processes. PDCA is a widely used framework in quality management and process improvement, originally developed by Dr. W. Edwards Deming and is also known as the Deming Cycle or Deming Wheel.

Riaan Du Plooy | Author Level 5

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What you will learn

  • PDCA

  • Follow a structured path.

  • Introduction to PDCA

  • Find the Root Causes of your issues

  • plan, Do, Check & Act

  • Developing action plans.

PDCA is a systematic approach to problem-solving and continuous improvement, consisting of four key phases:

Plan: In this phase, you plan and define the problem, set specific objectives and goals, and develop a detailed plan to address the issue. Key activities include data collection, root cause analysis, and setting clear targets for improvement.
Do: In the "Do" phase, you implement the plan that you've developed in the previous step. This involves executing the proposed changes or improvements on a small scale to test their effectiveness. It's often referred to as the "trial" phase.
Check: In the "Check" phase, you assess and evaluate the results of the changes made during the "Do" phase. This involves measuring and analyzing data to determine whether the desired improvements have been achieved. If the results are positive, you can move on to the next step. If not, you may need to adjust your plan and try again.
Act: In the "Act" phase, based on the findings in the "Check" phase, you make decisions on what actions to take next. If the improvements were successful, you can standardize and implement them on a larger scale. If not, you revise your plan and make necessary adjustments before trying again.

This course will only take about an hour to complete!

Course Content:
Introduction to PDCA
Explanation of the PDCA framework and its history.
The importance of continuous improvement in various industries.

Plan Phase
Defining problems and setting clear objectives.
Root cause analysis techniques.
Developing action plans.

Do Phase
Implementing changes on a small scale.
The role of teamwork and communication during implementation.
Collecting data during the "Do" phase.

Check Phase
Data analysis and measurement techniques.
Interpreting results and identifying trends.
Making informed decisions based on the data.

Act Phase
Taking action based on the "Check" phase findings.
Adjusting plans and making improvements.
Standardizing successful changes.

Case Studies and Exercises
Real-life examples of PDCA in action.
Practical exercises to apply PDCA principles.

This short course can serve as a foundation for individuals and teams looking to enhance their problem-solving skills and implement a structured approach to continuous improvement using the PDCA cycle.

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Riaan is a dynamic leader, coach, facilitator, Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt with over 20 years of hands-on experience driving business results. Riaan is highly skilled and has worked across diverse industries internationally. With a degree in Chemical Engineering, Riaan started in the major breweries and bakeries in South Africa and was so dedicated to his work that he was often known to take his work home with him.


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