Oakland Group

Rave reviews for John Oakland’s updated Process Control book

The business, commercial and public sector has changed dramatically since John Oakland wrote the first edition of Statistical Process Control: A practical guide in the mid-eighties. Now fully updated by John and Robert Oakland to include real-life case studies from the Oakland Group this book is a must for anyone wishing to understand or implement modern statistical process control techniques.

The reviews are in, it’s a must have read.

John and Robert Oakland’s 7th edition of SPC shows in an excellent way that understanding of processes still matters in 21st century. The logical structure, the combination of sound knowledge and profound application experience makes this book a must-read. The fundamental concepts are easy to read, with the right level of detail and excellent new case examples, enriched with insights from Oakland’s vast experience in consulting work.

Harald Schubert, Head of Quality and Business Excellence, Bystronic Laser

The 7th edition remains the go-to reference for the practical application of SPC, smartly updated to recognise the huge impact that quantum computing, interconnectivity, big data and artificial intelligence will increasingly have on organisations, and the inevitable need to transform business models, systems and processes at speed to retain competitive advantage.


Vincent Desmond, CEO; Chartered Quality Institute

SPC 7th Edition excellently reflects how to take into account the variation in the way that services are delivered in the current digital era, understanding where the effort needs to be focused to make improvements in our organisations.

Carlos Vazquez, Head of Performance Management, Transport for London, Programme Management Office

The updated edition of ‘Statistical Process Control’ continues to form part of the essential reference text for anyone looking to make sense of data used in everyday business. Through revised case studies – based upon real life & wide-ranging experiences of The Oakland Group, guidance is given on a variety of statistical approaches to help assess data in a manner that avoids unnecessary complexities, enabling broader understanding of concepts that in turn support decision making, thereby enabling good business and meaningful outcomes.


Jonathan Davies, Group Quality Director, FireAngel plc

An essential reference point for all of those involved with process at whatever level, the latest update helps to open your eyes to the opportunities presented from the digital transformation of the 21st century. The book neatly challenges the myth that SPC can only be applied in manufacturing with a broad range of case studies to help the reader with a practical approach; well done!


Ian Mitchell, Quality & Business Improvement Director, Network Rail; Chair Board of Trustees, CQI

‘This book has always been my go-to reference for all things related to statistical process control. This latest version with its revised case studies will continue to be an essential reference for a wide range of readers teaching them how to implement statistical process control techniques for effective monitoring and management of all types of processes.’


Richard Allan, Director, Global Quality Assurance, Kimberly-Clark Corporation.

‘A timely update to this important book. If ‘data science’ and ‘big data analytics’ are to provide us with reliable repeatable insights then practitioners would do well to adopt the robust, well founded methods and techniques proposed in this work.’


Dr. John Beckford, Visiting Professor, Centre for Information Management, Loughborough University, Author of ‘Quality’ and ‘The Intelligent Organisation’