The FOCUS-PDCA model was developed by W. Edwards Deming and provides a model for improving processes. The model’s name is an acronym that describes the basic components of the improvement process. The steps include:
F ind a process to improve
O rganize an effort to work on improvement
C larify current knowledge of the process
U nderstand process variation and capability
S elect a strategy for continued improvement
PDCA is an acronym for Plan, Do, Check and Act. The PDCA cycle is a way of continuously checking progress in each step of the FOCUS process.