Why Is Planning Such an Important Part of PDSA?

David M. Williams, PhD, Improvement Advisor, TrueSimple Improvement

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Learning Objectives: At the end of this activity, you will be able to:
  • Discuss why predictions are critical to PDSA cycles.
  • Explain how studying and predicting relate to each other within a PDSA cycle.
Description: Plan. Do. Study Act. All four are necessary to complete a PDSA cycle. In this IHI Open School Short, Improvement Advisor David Williams explains why he thinks planning is such a valuable component of any learning cycle.
Discussion Questions:
  1. Why do you think some people skip the “Plan” step of a PDSA cycle?
  2. Think of the last PDSA cycle you ran. Did you have a stated prediction at the beginning? How was that helpful to the learning?
  3. Have you ever run a PDSA cycle that didn’t include every step? Was it a successful test? Why or why not?
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