The Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycle diagram is represented as a circular figure that is divided into four parts with four arrows flowing around the outline of the circle, suggesting to the reader that these are iterative steps.

The cycle begins in the top right quadrant with the “Plan” step. The bottom right quadrant shows the “Do” step. The bottom left quadrant shows the “Study” step. The cycle then terminates in the top left quadrant with the “Act” step. However if the team decides to adapt or abandon a change idea, the cycle will then begin all over again with the “Plan” step for a new PDSA cycle.