Why this website?

Posted on February 24th, 2010

Elegant Solutions

In mathematics there are many elegant solutions that have been discovered: E = mc², c = πd and a² + b² = c². Based on these prior discoveries and knowledge future generations were able to move forward easily and rapidly. In many areas of life and civilization we seem stymied by intractable problems. Many countries struggle to have successful economies. The failure rate of businesses is very high. Organization inefficiencies and malfunction are common. We can’t seem to find the right answers to these problems.

The good news is that mankind has figured out many solutions for problems facing us as individuals, organizations, companies, societies and countries. It is a big world and we can start to problem solve by opening our eyes and minds to the experiences and solutions that others have devised.

Quality Control & Demings

A classic illustration is the teachings of Dr. W. Edward Demings, the father of quality control. The principles and teachings of Demings were successfully adopted in the US for WW II production, but were soon forgotten after the war. Demings teachings were subsequently embraced from 1947 forward in Japan with outstanding success.

There, from 1950 onward he taught top management how to improve design (and thus service), product quality, testing and sales (the latter through global markets) through various methods, including the application of statistical methods such as analysis of variance (ANOVA) and hypothesis testing. Deming made a significant contribution to Japan becoming renowned for producing innovative high-quality products.”

Decades later American businesses ‘discovered’ the teachings of Demings as Japanese products became known for their high-quality and American products such as autos, motorcycles and cameras struggled in the market place. American businesses lacked the will to search for answers from their foreign competitors with an open mind. Biases, ego and other restrictive forces were a barrier to learning and changing.

The goal of this website is to chronicle good ideas and experiences that have a track record of “working” over time and solving problems, hence – ‘Enduring Solutions’.

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