Future Events

Designing a culture for Innovation - Wed 4th Aug 09:00 BST & Wed 25th Aug 14:00 BST

Culture guides the way staff behave when management is not intervening.  In this interactive 90-min workshop Peter Leeson asks 'What sort of culture do we need to allow innovation to flourish?', and 'How do we influence that?'

This workshop will take place on Weds 4th Aug 09:00 BST, repeated on Weds 25th Aug 14:00 BST.

Booking instructions are coming soon .. watch this space! 

If you experience difficulty booking, please refer to learning@demingalliance.org for help.

Prices: Deming Alliance members: attendances fee for meetings are included in your yearly membership fee. However there are no fees for any attendee of this on-line free workshop. 

A new event in Deming Alliance's 'Out of the crisis; better management in a post pandemic world' series.

Past Events

From Spuddling to Stronger Decision-Making - Mar-Apr '21

Across the UK there is a great appreciation for the National Health Service, particularly since its 70th anniversary and the Covid epidemic.  Boards need reliable information and clear prompts, upon which to make better decisions.  Yet within the NHS (and in business) the prevalent approaches to looking at performance data are two-point comparisons and traffic light ‘red, amber, green’ reports.  We recognise these are difficult to read, and tough going when trying to spot meaningful trends, let alone to make predictions.

In this workshop Samantha Riley of NHS Improvement explored better ways for Boards to understand and manage the variation in results, and provide a sound basis for assurance.  This movement has proven to be very successful in strengthening decision-making or ‘governance’.  Sam’s small team have convinced half of the NHS’s 217 Trust Boards to adopt this approach, and are engaging with the remainder.  

With a similar change overdue in industry, education and government, the field of application is vast.  Attention was placed on how executive members have been encouraged to adopt a different approach - without their needing to perform detailed data preparation, which others do on their behalf.

This was an online event held on Thursday 25 March 2021 at 14:30 GMT and Thursday 1 April 2021 at 14:30 GMT.

Slides: the presentation slide-set from the event is available by clicking on the following link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1GKsUofW_k8yPL9QUvVhsU185aG8kYQLf/view?usp=sharing

Video Recording: the video recording for the workshop event is available by clicking on the following link: https://youtu.be/VhfUkUqv_QA

Audio Recording: sound recordings of both events are available via the following links:

SPC Tools & Training: further guidance and support information is available from the session, and associated materials at: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hO8c4VEdblrKmEpz3h8ovb1nxl4SEr-c/view?usp=sharing

Academic Papers: three papers are available containing useful thinking and guidance on the subject:

Leadership for sustainable performance: creating a legacy - Dec'20-Jan'21

Facing an increasingly complicated environment, managers and leaders can be dazzled by shifting boundaries at national and local levels, overwhelmed by the range of claims made for quick-fixes, and concerned over relationships between leaders and employees. This 90 minute interactive workshop was for managers and staff of public and private organizations to navigate the maze.

Now more than ever staff at all levels need to know that leaders are well-equipped to identify the areas most needing improvement, steer adaption, and how to effectively gauge progress. David Anker taps his broad experiences of these issues, and share powerful practices to help leaders and supervisors compare forecast with results, and maintain traction on the 'big ticket issues'.

Recording: the video recording for December 2020 workshop event is available by clicking on the following link: https://youtu.be/4xQxVRYloNY 

Recording: the video recording for January 2021 workshop event is available by clicking on the following link: https://youtu.be/mbDFUhkSlHo 

Notes: a copy of David's notes in PDF format are available here: Leadership for Sustainable Performance

The Trust Equation - development workshop - September '20

The Trust Equation - addressing a deep need in both modern business dealings and in wider society. Working from first-hand experience Jane and Mark Lewis created a 90 minute session to help us understand how trust works, and can be lost or built between players; to see: How to see when trust is breaking down? How does lack of trust affect us? What is needed to re-build trust?

This session was help anyone, whether in non-profit or business situations or in civil society, to navigate the maze of relationships, which are fundamental to getting things done, persuading others to take a course of action, or re-examining how they view an organisation. Participants were encouraged to recall briefly two anonymous situations: one of a lack of trust; and the other requiring a high degree of trust, from any walk of life.

This workshop took place on Thursday 24 September from 14:00 to 15:30 BST, repeated on Wednesday 30 September from 18:30 to 20:00 BST

Presentation Material: the slides for this event are available in PDF format at: The Trust Equation 2020 slides

There was also a trust questionnaire used in the workshop, which is available at: https://drive.google.com/file/...

Recording: the video recordings for this event are available by clicking on the following links -

Untangling motivation and performance - August 2020

This event explored why we go to work, and how we can take pride in it. In today's shareholder society many feel that 'We have to work for the money' - yet is that all we have to look forward to? This workshop was both employees and employers tease out a mix of reasons for us to work; who values our contributions, and how individual and team performance link to more factors than monetary rewards. 

This presentation took place on Mon Aug 3rd 11:00-12:00 (BST), repeated on Thurs Aug 20th 19:00-20:00 (BST)

Presentation Material: the slides for this event are available in PDF format at: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1d_RXvf6s_fxXSZBa2J0BKmFwoDrbYAJv/view?usp=sharing  

Recording: the video recording for this event is available by clicking on the following link: https://youtu.be/Rs1nXcUpBF8

Change-enabled Organisations - July '20

How is it that some organisations stay out in front of their competition for decades at a time without the need of "transformation programs" or episodic change initiatives? As well as being some of the most successful businesses they are also often regarded as being highly desirable organisations to work for. In this session we discuss these progressive organisations and our research that reveals the difference that makes a difference.

This free, interactive web workshop with Ben Simpson and Denis Bourne was addressed to business leaders, board members and their advisers interested in ensuring that their organisations can not only survive, but thrive beyond the current crisis.  

This was an on-line event held on: Tuesday 21 July 18:00 BST + 90 minutes, and Tuesday 28 July 1100 BST + 90 minutes.

Slides and Materials: A comparison of change-enabled and non-enabled organisations is available to view on-line. The full slides from the presentation is available here as: [cms:asset 253 title="Change Enabled Organisations DA July 2020 v1"] 

Video: a recording of the presentation video is available to by clicking on the following link: https://youtu.be/tMsOPM93YgM

Doing Measurement Well - July '20

The Deming Alliance presented a number of online workshops on the theme of "Measurement and Performance". Good measurement is vital to every institution and organisation and the first of these events explores the subject of "Doing Measurement Well". The opening event was an interactive session for any manager, consultant or continual improvement professional involved in specifying, using or improving measures. It explored how we can design measures, define them so they’re understood, and use them effectively to support decision-making and direction-setting. 

This was an on-line event held on: Thurs Jun 25th 18:30-19:30 (BST), repeated on Tues Jul 7th 11:00-12:00 (BST)

Slides: the presentation slide-set from the event is available here: [cms:asset 242 title="DA performance measurement ultra brief2 Apr2020"]

Video: the session video was recorded and is available by clicking on the following link: https://youtu.be/UHVkf6DKJO0

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