1. Launch of the 2nd cycle of Dubai We Learn government projects

    May 25, 2017 by ahmed

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    The Dubai Government Excellence Programme (DGEP), part of the General Secretariat of the Executive Council of Dubai, launched the initiative in October 2015. This initiative is in cooperation with the Centre of Organisational Excellence Research (COER), New Zealand. The initiative aims to empower a culture of institutional learning and the transfer and exchange of knowledge within the government sector. Due to the tremendous success of the 1st year of this initiative a 2nd cycle of benchmarking projects was started in April 2017. The 2nd cycle consists of the mentoring of 11 benchmarking projects, training in organisational learning and benchmarking, and the provision of a best practice resource, www.BPIR.com, for all 37 government entities.

    The projects selected are shown below:

    Government Eentity Project Name
    Dubai Civil Aviation Authority Remotely Piloted Aircraft System services
    Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services Treat the patient not the clock
    Dubai Customs Dubai accredited clients
    Dubai Electricity and Water Authority AFKARI ideas management system
    Dubai Health Authority Prevention better than cure (innovative prevention program to combat Diabetes)
    Dubai Human Resources Department Dubai Launching a Human Resources Research and Studies Centre
    Municipality Dubai Innovation driven knowledge hub
    Police Dubai Governance of work hours of Dubai Police vehicles maintenance and repair tasks
    Public Prosecution Increasing the use of electronic and smart applications
    General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs Renovate your thinking
    Knowledge and Human Development Authority Holacracy safari

    Projects were selected based on their potential benefits to Dubai as a whole (and the government entity) and the commitment of each government entity to complete the project. Meetings were held with each government entity to discuss their proposed projects and set expectations for the year. The photographs below show the teams of Dubai Human Resources Department Dubai, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority and Dubai Police after meetings with Dr Robin Mann and Ahmed Abbas of COER. 20170409_133520_1

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    The official start of the 2nd cycle began with 3-days of intensive training on the TRADE Benchmarking methodology for each team. At the training the projects were further refined and the teams learnt how to manage their projects and utilise benchmarking to find and implement best practices.

    The photographs below are for Dr. Ahmad Al Nusairat delivering the opening speech for the training that were undertaken. In the first batch 5 teams were trained and the second batch 6 teams were trained.

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    Following on from the training three progress sharing days will be held throughout the year and a final closing sharing in April 2018 to evaluate the results of the projects. The 1st progress sharing day will be held on 11 June 2017 with each team giving a 10-minute presentation describing the progress of their projects. These progress sharing days provide an excellent platform for the teams to learn from each other. As all project teams are using the TRADE benchmarking methodology it is easy to compare progress and share experiences.

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  2. A successful first year for Dubai We Learn

    December 14, 2016 by ahmed

    This first year of “Dubai We Learn – Knowledge Sharing and Innovation Initiative” came to an end in October 2016. This initiative, for government entities in Dubai, has seen the Dubai Government Excellence Program (DGEP) and COER working closely together to deliver a range of knowledge sharing and organisational learning activities designed to fast-track organisational improvement and stimulate innovation.

    On 5 October 2016, the first wave of 13 benchmarking projects were concluded. Each project team gave a presentation and submitted a benchmarking report which was assessed by an expert panel. Three of the teams achieved a 7 Star recognition according to the new assessment system with all teams achieving certification at the Benchmarking Proficiency Level (an admirable achievement within one year). Initial results from the 7 Star projects are highlighted in the table below.

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    COER’s TRADE Best Practice Benchmarking Methodology and BPIR.com were the key tools supporting the projects.

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    dwl02dwl01The photo to the left shows Dr Ahmad Al Nuseirat, Coordinator-General, DGEP (2nd to the left), Dr Zeyad Mohammad El Kahlout, Quality and Excellence Advisor, DGEP (far left), Dr Robin Mann, Director, COER (centre) with His Excellency Abdulla Abdul Rahman Al Shaibani – Secretary General of the Executive Council of Dubai (far right). All of these people, along with Ahmed Abbas, Senior Benchmarking Researcher, COER, (photo above with Dr. Omer Al Sakaf who was the Team Leader for the Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Service’s project) played a vital role in the success of the program.

     

    dwl03The expert panel consisted of Arndt Husar, Deputy Director, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Global Centre for Public Service Excellence, Singapore (left side of photo), Professor Dotun Adebanjo, University of Greenwich, London (right side of photo), and Dr Robin Mann.

    An overview of the 7 Stars stars Dubai We Learn projects

    The 7 Stars projects are described below. Information on the other projects is shown here.

    Dubai Municipality

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    The project aim was to increase the percentage of processed purchase requisitions from 74% to 85% within a target of 20 days, thereby improving the overall throughput of the purchasing channels.

    The team conducted an in-depth study of their current procurement system and performance using process analysis tools such as workload analysis, value stream analysis, an influence-interest matrix, customer segmentation, fishbone diagram, process flowchart analysis and waste analysis. As a result of this analysis, a number of areas for improvement were identified. These included the ensuring of correctly detailed technical specifications, how to quickly evaluate potential suppliers for technical purchases, and how to automate these processes.

    During the Acquire stage, the team collected more than 55 improvement ideas gained from the learning from benchmarking partners and the team’s own ideas. The team integrated these ideas and practices into a total of 5 main best practices for implementation. One of the best practices relating to contracts was parked under a new benchmarking project so that its feasibility could be further investigated.

    The actual outcome of the project exceeded expectations; from 85% of purchase requisitions to be completed within 20 days as the original aim, to an actual performance of 97% of purchase requisitions completed within 12.2 days. Finally, at the Evaluate stage of the project, Dubai Municipality calculated their savings to be in excess of US$600,000 per year.

    Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA)

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    The aim of the KHDA project was to identify and implement best practices to increase people happiness. Prior to this project, KHDA was in the top 15% of organisations for employee happiness, based on an independent international measure. It was therefore a challenging task to improve its already very strong position.

    During the Research stage of TRADE, the team reviewed its current performance and challenges associated with people happiness. Specific areas to focus on during the benchmarking exercise were determined by the lowest scoring attributes in a Happiness @ Work Survey. This resulted in focusing on more specific areas such as employee well-being and work-life balance.

    One of the unique features of how KHDA utilises its resources is the way it leverages off planned business trips to obtain benchmarking information. For example, when some of the senior management team travelled to the United States to attend a conference the benchmarking team took advantage of this opportunity. They scheduled a number of benchmarking visits for their senior managers to acquire best practices on people happiness. As a result, the benchmarking team acquired many best practices through site visits both internationally and locally, in addition to obtaining best practices through internet research.

    Some of the practices targeted the improvement of the work environment such as the renovation of the 5th floor of their building. The photos show the new design with the work desks/areas intermingled with the sports apparatus and the presentation/meeting room designed to encourage openness and harmony. Renovation of the 5th floor was already planned before the benchmarking study began but the study enabled enhancements to be made.

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    Other practices targeted improving employees’ well-being, such as encouraging employees to participate in fitness classes and external sports activates such as the “Walk for Education 2016”, “Race for Good”, “Good Move Dubai”, “Spartan”, and the “Vertical Marathon”. There were also practices targeting transparency such as “Open board meetings” where the monthly board meetings become open to all employees with the meeting agenda shared in advance. Another practice being piloted is a move from a traditional management hierarchy to “holocracy”, a new peer-to-peer “operating system” that increases transparency, accountability, and organisational agility. The benchmarking team also, within the one year time frame, introduced the “School of Hearts” to measure student happiness at schools in Dubai. The survey reached out to more than 40 schools and 9,000 students.

    Dubai Statistics Center (DSC)

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    The aim of DSC’s project was to identify best practices in Innovation to enable DSC to develop and implement a strategy for innovation to improve its processes and services.

    DSC started its project by undertaking a number of innovation self-assessments (three of the four were from the www.BPIR.com). DSC found the self-assessment titled “Innovation Maturity (organisation-wide)” the most comprehensive and useful. The self-assessments enabled DSC to identify both its current level of innovation maturity and specific improvement needs. The specific improvement needs were innovation strategies, innovation measurement, innovation labs, suggestion schemes and innovative statistical information delivery.

    During the search for potential benchmarking partners, DSC used the identified areas of improvement as the criteria for selecting benchmarking partners. For example, DSC searched for organisations with an innovation strategy that resulted in an innovative culture.

    DSC conducted benchmarking visits to four organisations locally and obtained many best practices through internet research. They were able to identify nearly 60 improvement ideas. In the Deploy stage they were able to implement a number of best practices in readiness for certification to the innovation management standard TS 16555-1. The suggestion scheme was improved and awareness initiatives enhanced. DSC gained international recognition for its improvement in its innovation capabilities by winning the Most Innovative Company of the Year in the Middle East and Africa at the International Business Awards.

    Future activity

    Due to the success of Dubai We Learn, a 2nd wave of benchmarking projects will start in early 2017. Dubai government entities may join the 2nd wave of projects through contacting Dr. Zeyad Mohammad El Kahlout, Quality and Excellence Advisor, Dubai Government Excellence Program, The General Secretariat of the Executive Council of Dubai, Zeyad.ElKahlout@tec.gov.ae.


  3. 13 successful best practice projects to boost government performance

    October 16, 2016 by ahmed

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    It is one year since the Dubai Government Excellence Programme (DGEP) launched “Dubai We Learn” for government entities in Dubai. This ambitious programme consists of a range of knowledge sharing and organisational learning activities designed to fast-track organisational improvement and stimulate innovation. A key part of this initiative has been the mentoring of benchmarking projects by DGEP’s partner the Centre for Organisational Excellence Research, New Zealand.

    The first wave of benchmarking projects came to an end on the 5 October 2016 when 13 project teams gave a presentation and submitted a benchmarking report to share their results.

    The preliminary results have been remarkable. For example, Dubai Municipality’s project will save US$500,000 per year; this is from a more efficient purchase requisition process. The Knowledge and Human Development Authority have made major changes to its work environment and practices to increase employee happiness. Dubai Statistics have gained international recognition for its improvement in its innovation capabilities and Dubai Police for its knowledge management system. The Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services (DCAS) within one year were able to design and gain full approval by the National Qualification Authority and Ministry of Education Authority for an Advanced Paramedic Training program. This training programme is the first in the Middle East and will enable DCAS to offer better health care services on the road and thus reduce mortality and morbidity rates.

    The project deliverables and presentations were assessed by an expert panel.

    The expert panel were Dr Robin Mann, Founder of TRADE, Centre for Organisational Excellence Research, New Zealand, Arndt Husar, Deputy Director, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Global Centre for Public Service Excellence, Singapore and Professor Dotun Adebanjo, University of Greenwich, London.

    The expert panel were Dr Robin Mann, Founder of TRADE, Centre for Organisational Excellence Research, New Zealand, Arndt Husar, Deputy Director, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Global Centre for Public Service Excellence, Singapore and Professor Dotun Adebanjo, University of Greenwich, London.

    The evaluation was based on the TRADE Benchmarking Certification Scheme; the evaluation results were as follows:

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    Project teams used the TRADE Best Practice Benchmarking Methodology – a rigorous step by step approach that involves searching for and implementing leading edge practices. Some project teams travelled internationally to find best practices whilst others learnt from other government entities and the private sector in Dubai. The TRADE methodology is shown below and a video, provided by Dubai Municipality, highlighting its benefits can be watched at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCXh72KP_Co

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    Due to the success of this initiative, a 2nd wave of benchmarking projects will start in early January 2017. Dubai government entities may join the 2nd wave of projects through contacting Dr. Zeyad Mohammad El Kahlout, Quality and Excellence Advisor, Dubai Government Excellence Program, The General Secretariat of the Executive Council of Dubai, Zeyad.ElKahlout@tec.gov.ae.


  4. Best practice projects leading to transformational change in Dubai’s government operations and services

    September 4, 2016 by ahmed

    1st progress sharing day

    It is one year since the Dubai Government Excellence Programme (DGEP) launched the “Dubai We Learn – Knowledge Sharing and Innovation Initiative” for government entities in Dubai. This ambitious programme consists of a range of knowledge sharing and organisational learning activities designed to fast-track organisational improvement and stimulate innovation. A key part of this initiative has been the mentoring of benchmarking projects by DGEP’s partner the Centre for Organisational Excellence Research, New Zealand.

    The first wave of benchmarking projects will come to an end on the 5 October 2016 when 13 project teams give a presentation and submit a benchmarking report to share their project results. Project teams have been using the TRADE Best Practice Benchmarking Methodology – a rigorous step by step approach that involves searching for and implementing leading edge practices that will help the Dubai government become one of the best in the world. Some project teams have travelled internationally to find best practices whilst others have learnt from other government entities and the private sector in Dubai. The TRADE methodology is shown below and a video, provided by Dubai Municipality, highlighting its benefits can be watched at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCXh72KP_Co

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    The projects will be assessed by an expert panel consisting of Dr Robin Mann, Founder of TRADE, Centre for Organisational Excellence Research, Massey University, New Zealand, Professor Dotun Adebanjo, University of Greenwich, London and Arndt Husar, Deputy Director, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Global Centre for Public Service Excellence, Singapore. Recognition will be given at TRADE Benchmarking Certification levels using a 7 star system as shown below.

    Assessment grades Certificate awarded
    7 Stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ TRADE Benchmarking Proficiency Certificate with Commendation
    5 to 6 Stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ TRADE Benchmarking Proficiency Certificate with Commendation
    3 to 4 Stars ★ ★ ★ ★ TRADE Benchmarking Proficiency Certificate
    1 to 2 Stars ★ ★ Incomplete

     

    A summary of the 13 projects is presented below:

    Government Entity Project title Aim of the project
    Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services Development of Emirati Paramedic’s Leaders To identify and implement best practices in Paramedic training and practices to reduce patient mortality/morbidity rates, increase recovery rates, and reduce the reliance on hospital intervention by 2020.
    Dubai Courts Personal Status Smart Certifications Services To transform Personal Status Certification issuing services (such as civil transactions like marriage and divorce) from traditional counter services to smart services (providing an integrated technology based solution) whilst achieving superior levels of customer satisfaction.
    Dubai Culture Developing National Human Resources for Museums To provide the growing sector of museums in Dubai, with professional human resources in the different fields of museology and to improve the current performance of National human resources to world class standards.
    Dubai Electricity & Water Authority Shams Dubai Initiative – Increasing customer awareness and engagement To increase customer awareness and engagement with Shams Dubai initiative, improve marketing efforts, build effective conversations, create brand advocates and increase Dubai based customer uptake of solar projects.
    Dubai Land Department Towards Happy employees To identify and implement best practices that result in world-class employee happiness levels with a particular emphasis in reducing employee turnover and increasing employee engagement.
    Dubai Municipality Improving Purchase Procedures and Channels To identify and implement best practices in purchasing to increase purchase requisitions processed within a target of 20 days from 74% to 85% with an emphasis on increasing “bids awarded in time”.
    Dubai Police Integrated Knowledge Management To move the concept of Knowledge-dissemination into a constant and comprehensive practice according to clearly defined metrics.
    Dubai Statistics Center (DSC) Innovative Statistics To identify best practices in Innovation to enable DSC to develop and implement a strategy for innovation to improve its process and services.
    General Directorate of Residency & Foreigners Affairs Dubai Developing a World-Class Customer Service Design Process To develop and pilot a world-class customer service design process that is rapid, inclusive of all stakeholder needs, and delivers customer delight.  (The customer service design process is required for services such as issuing/renewing Visas, Passports, Residencies; monitoring and reaching departing travellers)
    Knowledge & Human Development Authority People Happiness To identify and implement best practices related to people happiness to increase their happiness, work-life balance and well-being. (KHDA are currently in the top 15% of organisations for employee happiness based on an independent international measure)
    Mohamed Bin Rashid Enterprise for Housing Improving Customer Experience To reduce the number of service counter visits by customers at MRHE by providing attractive alternative methods to serve customers (such as through Smart Applications, Smart Channels) and reducing the need for repeat visits.
    Public Prosecution Judicial Knowledge Management To identify and implement best practices in the transfer of Judicial Knowledge to all prosecutors, relevant staff and stakeholders.
    Road and Transport Authority RTA’s Knowledge Repository Gateway To identify and implement best practices in Knowledge Management and how to encourage knowledge sharing among related stakeholders; employees, partners in addition to vendors and suppliers that will enhance /enrich the organization memory and learning process.

    Videos on each teams’ project will be released shortly after the 5 October for the benefit of the whole of Dubai’s government. These videos will be hosted on Dubai We Learn’s best practice resource, http://www.dgep.bpir.com/, which is available for use by all 37 government entities.

    Due to the tremendous success of this initiative a 2nd wave of benchmarking projects will start in early January 2017. If your government entity is interested in joining the 2nd wave of projects please contact Dr. Zeyad Mohammad El Kahlout, Quality and Excellence Advisor, Dubai Government Excellence Program, The General Secretariat of the Executive Council of Dubai, Zeyad.ElKahlout@tec.gov.ae.


  5. Toward a world class innovation strategy: Dubai Statistics Center leading the way

    May 17, 2016 by ahmed

    3rd Progress Sharing Day

    On the 28th of April, the 3rd Progress Sharing Day of Dubai We Learn was held. For those new to the initiative, this initiative is led by the Dubai Government Excellence Programme and the Centre of Organisational Excellence Research (COER), New Zealand. The initiative aims to empower a culture of institutional learning and the transfer and exchange of knowledge within Dubai’s government sector.

    The initiative consists of the mentoring of 13 benchmarking projects, training in organisational learning and benchmarking, and the provision of a best practice resource, http://www.BPIR.com, for all 37 government entities.

    To assist in the sharing of best practices, 3 progress sharing days for the 13 benchmarking projects have been held. During these days, each team describes the progress they have made with their projects. As all project teams are using the TRADE benchmarking methodology it is easy to compare progress. Some teams have recorded video clips to showcase their work and the benefits they are obtaining, such as the example below from Dubai Municipality.


    To add interest to the day, each team is given 10 minutes to present and the audience vote on which projects have made most progress. At the 3rd Progress Sharing Day, 4 teams were selected as achieving the most progress with Dubai Statistics Centre (DSC) achieving the most votes. The four projects were:

    • Shams Dubai Initiative (Customer awareness & engagement) – Dubai Electricity & Water Authority
    • Improving Purchasing Channels – Dubai Municipality
    • People Happiness – Knowledge & Human Development Authority
    • Innovative Statistics – Dubai Statistics Center (DSC)

    The aim of DSC’s project is to “identify best practices in Innovation to enable DSC to develop and implement a strategy for innovation to improve its processes and services”.

    DSC started its project by undertaking a number of innovation self-assessments. The self-assessment tools they used were from the BPIR.com. Of the 5 Innovation Self-assessment Tools, DSC found the self-assessment titled “Innovation Maturity (organisation-wide)” the most comprehensive and useful. The self-assessments enabled DSC to identify its current level of Innovation Maturity and identify specifically what needed to be improved. In particular, they identified the need to improve in: innovation strategies, innovation measurement, innovation labs, suggestion schemes and innovative statistical information delivery.
    During the search for potential benchmarking partners, DSC used the identified areas of improvement as criteria for selecting benchmarking partners. For example, DSC searched for organisations with an innovation strategy that resulted in an innovative culture.

    By the 3rd Progress Sharing Day, DSC had finished benchmarking visits to four organisations locally and obtained many best practices through internet research. Some examples of the practices that they are considering implementing are:

    • Innovation Management Standard: The European Innovation Management Standard CEN/TS 16555 has been underway since 2008, and as such it incorporates a lot of the elements which are believed to constitute current best practices on innovation management. The Standard consists of 7 documents:
      • Innovation management system (16555-1:2013)
      • Strategic intelligence management (16555-2:2014)
      • Innovation thinking (16555-2:2014)
      • Intellectual property management (16555-4:2014)
      • Collaboration management (16555-5:2014)
      • Creativity management (16555-6:2014)
      • Innovation management assessment (16555-7, 2015)
    • e-Cap System: An electronic system to follow-up corrective actions, analyse risks, prioritize actions and raise status reports as they consider any corrective action as a creative idea.
    • Government Innovation Lab Manual: A manual designed to provide tools and techniques on how to implement an innovation lab from brainstorming workshop to idea implementation.
    • Customer Pain Point: A system to find the problems faced by the customer in order to come up with innovative solutions, in other word it is a customer inspired innovation.

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