Quotes in experiment
If you're not stubborn, you'll give up on experiments too soon. And if you're not flexible, you'll pound your head against the wall and you won't see a different solution to a problem you're trying to solve.
The only way to find out what will happen when a complex system is disturbed is to disturb the system, not merely to observe it passively.
Toyota's real achievement is not merely the creation and use of the tools themselves; it is in making all its work a series of nested, ongoing experiments, be the work as routine as installing seats in cars or as complex, idiosyncratic, and large scale as designing and launching a new model or factory.
In the spirit of science, there really is no such thing as a "failed experiment." Any test that yields valid data is a valid test.
Hollywood is the only industry, even taking in soup companies, which does not have laboratories for the purpose of experimentation.
the lean manager believes that problem solving is about experimentation by means of plan-do-check-act.
The quality revolution is nothing more, or less, than the dramatic expansion of scientific problem solving using informed observation and directed experimentation to find out more about the process, the product and the customer.
Managers must see themselves as experimenters who lead learning, not dictators who impose control.
For the theory-practice iteration to work, the scientist must be, as it were, mentally ambidextrous; fascinated equally on the one hand by possible meanings, theories, and tentative models to be induced from data and the practical reality of the real world, and on the other with the factual implications deducible from tentative theories, models and hypotheses.
The researcher hoping to break new ground in the theory of experimental design should involve himself in the design of actual experiments. The investigator who hopes to revolutionize decision theory should observe and take part in the making of important decisions.