Understand what a PDSA cycle is.
Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) Cycle - also referred to as either the Shewhart cycle or the Deming wheel, is the conceptual basis for problem-solving activities.
There are four basic steps in the cycle:
. Begin by studying the current process. Document that process. Then collect data on the process or problem. Next, analyze the data and develop a plan for improvement. Specify measures for evaluating the plan.
. Implement the plan, on a small scale if possible. Document any changes made during this phase. Collect data systematically for evaluation.
. Evaluate the data collection during the do phase. Check how closely the results match the original goals of the plan phase.
. If the results are successful, standardize the new method and communicate the new method to all people associated with the process. Implement training for the new method. If the results are unsuccessful, revise the plan and repeat the process or cease this project.
Employing this sequence of steps provides a systematic approach to continuous improvement.