The Practice of Learning Teams
Special Announcement: PDCA Model for Learning Teams - April 2021
March 17, 2021
During the month of April, we will bring you a special four-part series (Episodes 28,29,30 to 31) on a brand new Learning Teams Facilitation Framework using the PDCA model for facilitating learning, reflecting and improving your system.
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 organisations 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.