PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act or Plan-Do-Check-Adjust) is an iterative
four-step management method used in business for the control and
continuous improvement of processes and products. It is also known as the Deming circle/cycle/wheel, Shewhart cycle, control circle/cycle, or Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA).
PDCA is a very powerful concept and it has many applications in our day to day life.
Below are few of them:
In the workplace all employees can use Daily PDCA, Shift PDCA and Hourly PDCA to ensure we are getting the planned output/results. It helps to act immediately before it is too late.
Top Management can use weekly PDCA, monthly PDCA or quarterly PDCA in the same manner.
The Six Sigma DMAIC (Define,Measure,Analyze, Improve and Control) methodology is derived from PDCA.
PDCA is used in Policy deployment (Hoshin Kanri) process to arrive at organization goals and deploy them effectively.
PDCA is used in 7 steps of Problem solving ( Problem, Observation, Analysis, Action, Checking the results, Standardization and Conclusion)
PDCA is used in Project management, continuous and Break-through improvements and New product developments.
ISO 9000 systems are designed based on this principle.
The results obtained from PDCA improvement projects can be converted in to SDCA cycle (Standardize, Do, Check, Act) to sustain the results.
Why this Book
The primary objective of this PDCA book is to “make PDCA our way of life”. It is designed in such a way that, we can write down all our actions.
(PLAN), prioritize, implement (DO), (Check) the results and (Act) Improve.
It eliminates the need for “minutes of meeting” OR “Action request' by others and makes everyone responsible for their own actions.
It can be used as a better time management tool even in this era of modern gadgets. Because, many experts believe that writing in your own handwriting is more powerful than electronic media.
We believe that this will improve effectiveness of individuals and teams.
This book can be carried to all meetings to make your own Minutes of meeting.
This book can be used in training programs to take notes and follow-up actions to measure training effectiveness.
This book also can be used beyond your professional life to improve
your personal effectiveness.
Use priority code ex: A,B,C.. in priority column to focus on important and urgent activities.