Deming’s Red Bead Experiment (or Game)
Thanks for attending my session of Dr. W. Edwards Deming‘s Red Bead Experiment, aka the Red Bead Game. Here's a link to Donald J. Wheeler's book Understanding Variation. I also write about the Red Bead Game in my book Measures of Success.
On-Site Workshops and Facilitation:
If you'd like to have me come facilitate this at your organization, please contact me. I can combine the Red Bead experience with a teaching session or workshop on “Better Metrics” and the application of basic statistical process control (SPC) / “process behavior chart” methods to better manage data, metrics, and improvement work.
See, in particular, this post on managing and improving a stable system:
A blog post about the lessons from the Red Bead Game:
A blog post about using the Red Bead Game and a Process Behavior Chart to compare “willing workers”:
Here is a blog post about the dangers of firing “low performers”:
Here is my blog post about the red / yellow / green charts and SPC:
I also recorded a podcast with John Dyer on lessons from the Red Bead Experiment:
Another webinar by Mark Graban
How to calculate control limits / process behavior limits:
or this video:
Similar simulator, via BBC: “Can chance make you a killer?”
Red Bead Videos:
The famed 1980 NBC documentary that introduced Dr. Deming to the U.S.: