Hi Safety FM
listeners, this is Brent Sutton
, one of the co-hosts of the new podcast series The Practice of Learning Teams
, with my fellow co-hosts Glynis McCarthy
and Brent Robinson
Our goal is to support you on your journey and build a better community of practice for Learning Teams
During the month of April, we will be exploring the PDCA Model for Learning Teams facilitators.
For those unfamiliar with PDCA, In the 1950s, management consultant Dr William Edwards Deming developed a method of identifying why some processes don't work as hoped. His approach has since become a popular strategy framework, It allows organizations to formulate theories about what needs to change, and then test them in a "continuous feedback loop”. Deming himself used the concept of Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA). He found that the focus on Check is more about the implementation of a change. The focus of study is to understand why the change is working. He preferred to focus on studying the results of any improvements,
The PDCA Facilitation framework for Learning Teams has been developed by the authors of The Practice of Learning Teams to assist a facilitator in gaining knowledge and experience in conducting Learning Teams by framing some of the key concepts and thinking to be applied.
The role of the facilitator is to lead people through the Learning Team towards agreed-upon objectives in a manner that encourages participation, ownership, and reflection by all those involved. Your own reflection about using this framework, the learnings gained from that reflection should be included in this framework as part of your own journey of learning and improving.
Today we start with Part One. In this episode, we explore our logic behind the framework and the Planning Part of the PDCA cycle of improvement.
In Episode 29, we explore the Doing part of the PDCA cycle, and in Episode 30, the Check (Study) and Act part of the framework. Concluding with Episode 31, when we will reflect on the series and feedback from our listeners.Here is the link for you to register and download a PDF version of the PDCA Framework
. We are granting access to this document to the Learning Teams community under the Creative Commons Copyright, which means that you are free to copy (not distribute), communicate, and adapt the work for non-commercial purposes, as long as you attribute the work to Learning Teams Inc and abide by the copyright and intellectual property terms.
We hope that you enjoy the series and we continue our journey of learning and improving with Learning Teams.
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And don't forget, the book "The Practice of Learning Teams" is available in printed and Kindle editions on Amazon
or from the author's website