John Hunter


  • Management Matters: Building Enterprise Capability
    The book provides an overview for viewing management as a system. It is largely based on those of Dr. Deming, along with natural outgrowths or extensions of his ideas such as lean manufacturing and agile software development. To achieve great results there must be a continual focus on achieving results today and building enterprise capacity to maximize results over the long term. Managers have many management concepts, pactices and tools available to help them in this quest. The challenge is to create and continually build and improve a management system for the enterprise that leads to success. The book provides a framework for management thinking. With this framework the practices and tools can be applied to build enterprise capacity and improve efficiency and effectiveness.


  • Keys to the Effective Use of the PDSA Improvement Cycle   view details
    "The PDSA cycle is a learning cycle based on experiments. When using the PDSA cycle prediction of the results are important... The plan stage may well take 80% (or even more) of the effort on the first turn of the PDSA cycle in a new series. The Do stage may well take 80% of of the time - it usually doesn't take much effort (to just collect a bit of extra data) but it may take time for that data to be ready to collect."
  • The Art of Discovery   view details
    Quotes by George Box in the video: “The scientific method is how we increase the rate at which we find things out.” “I think the quality revolution is nothing more, or less, than the dramatic expansion of the of scientific problem solving using informed observation and directed experimentation to find out more about the process, the product and the customer.” “Tapping into resources: Every operating system generates information that can be used to improve it. Everyone has creativity. Designed experiments can greatly increase the efficiency of experimentation."
  • What Could we do Better?   view details
    "To encourage useful feedback, specifically give the customer permission to mention something that could be improved. What one thing could we do better?"
  • Ford and Managing the Supplier Relationship   view details
    "The difficulty is not in reducing the number of suppliers. The difficulty is that you must change the nature of your relationship with the suppliers. And that will require changing the nature of the management systems within Ford. The various factors inv
  • Excessive Executive Pay   view details
    "As long as the pay packages were merely large, and didnt effect the ability of a company to prosper that could continue (slicing up the benefits between the stakeholders is not an exact science). The excesses recently have become so obscene as to become
  • Toyota IT Overview   view details
    "Customize the code, to business processes: not the other way around. Yes. Yes. Yes. IT should support your processes not dictate them. I am a big fan of avoiding inflexible, proprietary (off the shelf) software. I am willing to spend money on in house de
  • The Purpose of an Organization   view details
    "The aim proposed here for any organization is for everybody to gain - stockholders, employees, suppliers, customers, community, the environment - over the long term." Dr. W. Edwards Deming

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  • John Hunter
  • Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog
    Blog by John Hunter on many topics to to improve the management of organizations, including: Deming, lean manufacturing, agile software development, evidence based decision making, customer focus, innovation, six sigma, systems thinking, leadership, psychology, ...
  • Curious Cat Management Improvement Articles
    Hundreds of useful management articles hand selected to help managers improve the performance of their organization. Sorted by topic including: Deming, lean manufacturing, six sigma, continual improvement, innovation, leadership, managing people, software development, psychology and systems thinking.
  • Curious Cat Management Improvement Connections
    The aim of Curious Cat Management Improvement Connections is to contribute to the successful adoption of management improvement to advance joy in work and joy in life. The site provides connections to resources on a wide variety of management topics to help managers improve the performance of their organization. The site was started in 1996 by John Hunter.
  • The W. Edwards Deming Institute Blog
  • Curious Cat Investing and Economics Blog
  • Statistics for Experimenters
    Web site for the classic book on design of experiments. Includes a search engine for statistics sites for managers.
  • Management Improvement
    Small management improvement site with lean six sigma and Deming management focus.
  • Management and Leadership Quotes
    Quotes on management, business, leadership and many related topics: innovation, problems solving, change, statistics, planning, motivation, etc..
  • Life and Legacy of William G. Hunter
    George Box, Stuart Hunter and Bill wrote what has become a classic text for experimenters in scientific and business circles, Statistics for Experimenters. Bill also was a leader in the emergence of the management improvement movement. George Box and Bill co-founded the Center for Quality and Productivity Improvement at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Bill Hunter was also the founding chair of the ASQ statistics division.
  • Hexawise - Combinatorial Software Testing
    This blog, by Justin Hunter, is about efficient and effective software test design strategies, including pairwise and combinatorial methods that are gaining traction in the testing community.