Kaoru Ishikawa (石川 馨 Ishikawa Kaoru) is a Japanese consultant, father of the scientific analysis of causes of problems in an industrial process. He gave his name to the Ishikawa diagram, also known as Fishbone Diagram, which graphs all causes organised by categories. The Ishikawa diagram is a graphical method for finding the most likely causes for an undesired effect. ...
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Ishikawa's reasoning was that the Chinese alphabet, one of the most difficult writing systems in the world, can be mastered only after a great deal of study; thus, hard work and the desire for education became part of the character of those nations.
In his Shewhart Medal acceptance speech, Ishikawa called standardization and quality control "two wheels of the same cart." His emphasis might be surprising to some who think of standards as rigid and unchanging, but Ishikawa stressed the need for standards to change, and the dangers of clumsy enforcement of standards.
The medal is awarded annually in honor of Ishikawa to an individual or team for outstanding leadership in improving the human aspects of quality.
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