Designing Your PATH to Quality.

These principles and toolsets together with attributes and habits, form the four “enduring ways” that underlie the PATH to Quality.

Review your objectives for your PATH to quality. Identify through interviews and systems analysis where you currently stand in regards to the quality of your projects, processes or products.
Compare your current approach and systems to universal quality system elements, including appropriate Principles, Attributes, Toolsets and Habits (PATH). Identify missing, incomplete or confused elements and how best to supplement and improve them. Propose a more complete PATH to quality consistent with your objectives, preferences and budget.
Quality-by-Design can assist you in establishing an appropriate trial of your more complete PATH to quality. Including identifying approximate duration and extent. Monitor your trial.
Based on the trial results, review the effectiveness of your complete PATH. Recommend additional or alternative PATH elements based on the trial. Provide a plan for you to implement your PATH. Assist with implementing your PATH, if requested.

“The PATH methodology evolved as I explored improving quality in my own organizations. I discovered that complexity was my enemy in most encounters. Through trial and error I learned how to simply Prepare, Analyze, Trial and Harmonize results for continuous improvement.”

Brian Palmquist

About Brian


Brian Palmquist has been practicing quality-conscious design and construction throughout a forty year career in all aspects of design and construction. He is also a software developer, author and teacher.
For the past fifteen years he has studied the principles and techniques of quality, always with a view to making them simpler, more universal and better integrated with any project, process or product. Inherent in these studies is a deep belief that technology can improve quality while liberating management. The PATH to Quality is the result of those efforts.
In 2015 he published his first book, An Architect’s Guide to Construction—Tales from the Trenches. In 2019 he published the second edition of his book, subtitled Enduring Ways in the Age of Immediacy in recognition of the need to balance emergent technology with the enduring ways of design and construction. He also consults to those looking to design and improve their PATH to quality.