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How Can Mr. Potato Head Help Teach 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:

  • Describe how assembling a Mr. Potato Head with a team can help teach the value of iterative tests of change.

Description: In this IHI Open School Short, Improvement Advisor David Williams explains the genesis of the Mr. Potato Head exercise he created to teach audiences all over the world about PDSA cycles.

Discussion Questions:
  1. Why is assembling something such as a Mr. Potato Head doll with a team a valuable way to learn about iterative tests of change?
  2. Why is measurement a critical component of PDSA cycles?
  3. Have you ever played David Williams’ Mr. Potato Head PDSA exercise or another quality improvement game? Did you find it effective? Why or why not?
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