Yoji Akao
Yoji Akao (赤尾 洋二, Akao Yōji, born 1928) is a Japanese planning specialist recognized as the developer of Hoshin Kanri (a strategic planning methodology). With the late Shigeru Mizuno, he devel...
Kenneth Hopper
Kenneth Hopper (formally known as Robert D. Kenneth Hopper), a Scots engineer and now a US citizen, has made a lifelong study of different national manufacturing cultures. His studies of the origins ...
Bill Smith (Motorola engineer)
Bill Smith (1929 – 1993) is the "Father of Six Sigma". Born in Brooklyn, New York, Smith graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1952 and studied at the University of Minnesota School of Management (...
Walter A. Shewhart
Walter Andrew Shewhart (pronounced like "shoe-heart",March 18, 1891 – March 11, 1967) was an American physicist, engineer and statistician, sometimes known as the father of statistical quality c...
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Shigeo Shingo
Shigeo Shingo (新郷 重夫, Shingō Shigeo, 1909 - 1990), born in Saga City, Japan, was a Japanese industrial engineer who is considered as the world’s leading expert on manufacturing practices and t...
Genichi Taguchi
Genichi Taguchi (田口 玄一, Taguchi Gen'ichi) (January 1, 1924 - June 2, 2012) was an engineer and statistician. From the 1950s onwards, Taguchi developed a methodology for applying statistics to ...
Watts Humphrey
Watts S. Humphrey (4 July 1927 – 28 October 2010) was an American software engineer, key thinker in the discipline of software engineering, and was often called the "Father of Software quality".
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Harold F. Dodge
Harold French Dodge (January 23, 1893 in Lowell, Massachusetts – December 10, 1976) was one of the principal architects of the science of statistical quality control. He is universally known for...
Joseph M. Juran
Joseph Moses Juran (December 24, 1904 – February 28, 2008) was a Romanian-born American engineer and management consultant. He is principally remembered as an evangelist for quality and quality manage...
Taguchi methods
Taguchi methods (Japanese: 田口方法) are statistical methods developed by Genichi Taguchi to improve the quality of manufactured goods, and more recently also applied to engineering, biotechnology, ma...
Armand V. Feigenbaum
Armand Vallin Feigenbaum (April 6, 1922 – November 13, 2014) was an American quality control expert and businessman. He devised the concept of Total Quality Control, later known as Total Quality Mana...
Frederick Winslow Taylor
Frederick Winslow Taylor (March 20, 1856 – March 21, 1915) was an American mechanical engineer who sought to improve industrial efficiency. He was one of the first management consultants. Taylor was o...
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Donald J. Wheeler
Donald J. Wheeler is an American author, statistician and expert in quality control.Wheeler graduated from the University of Texas in 1966 and holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in statistics from Southern ...
Noriaki Kano
Noriaki Kano (狩野紀昭 Kanō Noriaki, pronounced [kanoː noɽiaki]) is an educator, lecturer, writer and consultant in the field of quality management. He is the developer of a customer satisfaction model (n...
W. Edwards Deming
William Edwards Deming (October 14, 1900 – December 20, 1993) was an American engineer, statistician, professor, author, lecturer, and management consultant. Educated initially as an electrical engine...
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Taiichi Ohno
Taiichi Ohno (大野耐一, Ōno Taiichi, February 29, 1912 – May 28, 1990) was a Japanese industrial engineer and businessman. He is considered to be the father of the Toyota Production System, ...
C. Jackson Grayson
C. Jackson "Jack" Grayson, Jr. (born October 8, 1923) is the chairman of APQC, dean of two business schools, head of the U.S. Price Commission (1971), a farmer, newspaper reporter and FBI agent. In 19...
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John Seddon
John Seddon is a British occupational psychologist and author, specialising in the service industry. He is the managing director of Vanguard, a consultancy company he formed in 1985 and the inventor ...
Kaoru Ishikawa
Kaoru Ishikawa (石川 馨, Ishikawa Kaoru, July 13, 1915 - April 16, 1989) was a Japanese organizational theorist, Professor at the Faculty of Engineering at The University of Tokyo, noted for his ...
Philip B. Crosby
Philip Bayard "Phil" Crosby, (June 18, 1926 – August 18, 2001) was a businessman and author who contributed to management theory and quality management practices.Crosby initiated the Zero Defects prog...
Eliyahu M. Goldratt
Eliyahu Moshe Goldratt (March 31, 1947 – June 11, 2011) was an Israeli physicist who became a business management guru. He was the originator of the Optimized Production Technique, the Theory of Const...
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Dorian Shainin
Dorian Shainin (September 26, 1914 – January 7, 2000) was an influential American quality consultant, aeronautics engineer, author, and college professor most notable for his contributions in the fiel...
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