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Friday, November 17, 2017


Management By Objectives

France-Inter broadcasted in June 2017 the report of a survey at Sanofi Aventis. The employees are rated. That is a normal practice, although Deming is against it. But the rates that top managers send every month to the HR department are bound to a quota system : 20% over the objectives, 70% meeting the objectives and 10% under the objectives. This « forced ranking » is a scandalous practice, born in the United States. Top managers often must under-rate employees who are meeting the objectives. Serious consequences for the victims.

ISO 9001 Standard

The AFNOR shop has released a new edition of the ISO 9001 Standard, September 2015.

Some big changes since the former edition, published 2008, can be noticed. First, the volume has increased considerably : 28 pages in 2008, 56 pages in 2015. Next, the sections are placed differently. But the contents are nearly the same.

While the Deming Wheel had been mentioned briefly in 2008, the 2015 edition makes a full section of it, with a special figure. Unfortunately, the section is wrong, the figure is wrong.

Therefore, the Jean-Marie Gogue article Interprétation de la norme ISO 9001 au regard de la philosophie de Deming is stilll, and more than ever, topical.


The Deming Prize, equivalent to the Nobel Prize for management, has been awarded to Ashok Leyland for its Pantnagar plant. Located in the State of Uttarakhand, North of India, The city is a large industrial center devoted to the automotive industry. Ashok Leyland makes trucks and buses.

Annual General Meeting

Our Annual General Meeting was held in Versailles on June 8th, 2017. The report is available in the Archives.


The monthly figure in October 2017 was 7 967 connections from single IP addresses, the daily average is 257. The most visited pages are the Western Electric Statistical Quality Control Handbook, the book Statistique pratique by Jean-Marie Gogue and the article L'école selon Condorcet by Jean Douchement.