Deming Circle

EcheloN and the Deming Circle

One of the best known tools in quality management is the Deming Circle. EcholoN quality management also works according to this model. The term Deming Circle is derived from the American physicist and statistician W. Edwards Deming (1900–1993), who had a significant influence on quality management.

The Deming Circle is often also called PDCA cycle, where P, D, C and A stand for: plan, do, check, act. This means the four most important phases of a quality management process. When all of these phases have been completed, the cycle begins again.

Deming Circle
Deming Circle


Determine course

"The best way to predict your future is to create it" - Peter F. Drucker

For this reason, goals are defined in the planning phase as precisely as possible, possible sources of error are identified in advance and suitable measures are defined.

In EcholoN, these measures can be represented as processes, times can be planned and responsibilities can be distributed.


2. DO

Set sail

"It is not enough to want - you also have to do it." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

After the planning, the action follows. The measures are now being carried out and documented as planned.

With EcholoN, the process progress can be displayed at any time. Other related processes, documents or files can be embedded or linked.



Check course and wind direction

"Where would we go if everyone said, where would we go and nobody would go to see where you would go if you went." Kurt Marti

Have the goals set been achieved? Have the measures been successful? These and other questions are answered in the control phase of the process.

EcholoN provides data and key figures, as well as complete documentation of the route.


4. ACT

Realign sail

"Anyone who has made a mistake and does not correct it makes a second mistake." Confucius

Now it's about the insights from the process. Can recommendations for action be derived? Can new standards be defined? What errors have occurred and how can they be avoided?

At the end of this phase, new processes are planned or existing ones optimized. The cycle begins again.