When I left Wales to come to New Zealand, I had to sort through all the stuff I had accumulated over the years – the papers I had kept because they might be handy for reference, the mementos and photos of conferences, and books – lots of books. Moving forced me to focus on what was really important to keep so I decided on four books:
Over the next weeks I will say a few words about each of these books.
It seems to me that the 14 points contained in W Edwards Deming‘s Out of the crisis paint a pretty good picture of what we want to do through Ko Awatea. He figured that waste comes from variation in standards in whatever it is you’re doing, which, like most truths when first identified, is pretty darned obvious.
There’s a good summary of the 14 points here: http://www.hci.com.au/hcisite2/articles/deming.htm.
The last point is particularly telling – Transformation is everyone’s job. And of course, it’s one thing to say let’s do it – the big job is for us to figure out how, and that’s what we’re all going to do in Ko Awatea.