1. Boosting knowledge sharing between government entities

    October 2, 2017 by ahmed
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    The 11 “Dubai We Learn” project teams

    The 2nd Progress sharing day (Learning summit) of Dubai We Learn was held on 18 September 2017. In the opening speech, HE Dr. Ahmed Nuseirat, General Coordinator of DGEP, encouraged the teams to achieve world-class performance in their projects, and praised the progress made by teams so far.

    Opening speech by HE Dr. Ahmed Nuseirat, General Coordinator of DGEP

    Opening speech by HE Dr. Ahmed Nuseirat, General Coordinator of DGEP

    One of the aims of the Dubai We Learn initiative is to promote knowledge sharing and collaboration between government entities. To achieve this, each of the 11 projects teams gave a 10 minute presentation to share their project progress. Discussions then followed between the teams on how they could assist each other.

    Since it has been five months since the launch of the projects, most of the teams have finished the Research stage of the TRADE benchmarking methodology – this is the methodology they are using to find and implement best practices. The main task of the Research stage is to gain a better understanding of the area of focus to be benchmarked through undertaking a detailed analysis of current processes and performance. As a result, some of the projects went from a specific to a broader aim, while some others went from a broader to more specific aim. The next step is the Acquire stage, where teams are looking for best practices from other organisations, this is mainly done through desktop research and benchmarking visits. Some teams took the opportunity of the relationships developed with other teams and have already conducted some benchmarking visits.

    The following shows the latest aim of each project:

    Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA):
    To identify and implement best practices in increasing the awareness Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) services provided by the DCAA.

    Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services (DCAS):
    To develop and implement a world-class performance management system for ambulance services.

    Dubai Customs:
    To identify with pilot entities from the Dubai Government best practices in the Client Accreditation process, set standards and benefits for the program with a view to start implementing the Dubai Accredited Clients Program across the pilot entities from February 2018.

    Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA):
    To identify and implement best practices in idea generation to improve employee engagement rate with the AKFARI Idea Management System from 20% in 2017 to a minimum of 40% by April 2018. Improving the Quality of the Ideas & Implementation Rate by 50%.

    Dubai Government Human Resource (DGHR):
    Launching Dubai Government HR Think Tank for future shaping, research-driven decision making and pioneering HR’s role for Dubai government.

    Dubai Health Authority (DHA):
    Within one year to develop and start implementing Dubai Diabetes prevention framework based on worldwide best practices to reduce the prevalence of Diabetes from 19.3% to 16.3% in 2021.

    Dubai Municipality:
    Identify and implement best practices in managing, sharing, and utilising knowledge across the organisation through an effective Innovation Hub that can create a robust base for innovation and increase the utilisation rate of knowledge sources.

    Dubai Police:
    To find and implement best practices in vehicle fleet maintenance in order to improve the productivity of Dubai Police Mechanical Works department to world-class levels.

    General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs Dubai (GDRFA):
    To identify and implement best practices in enriching a “Positive Energy Culture” at GDFRA.

    Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA):
    To identify and implement best practices in transforming the way we work into a self-managed system that engages, empowers, and enlightens employees leading to elevated levels of employee happiness, innovation and productivity. Inspired by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, “we are building a new reality for our people, a new future for our children, and a new model of development.

    Public Prosecution:
    To increase the number of the applications submitted electronically to more than 70% and to improve the electronic services provided to the applicant by March 2018

    If you have information that can assist any of these projects we would be pleased to hear from you.

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  2. What is the link between positive energy, diabetes prevention, ambulance service KPIs and an innovation hub?

    June 23, 2017 by ahmed

    The answer to the question is that all of these are the topics for benchmarking projects that are being conducted by Dubai government entities as part of the initiative Dubai We Learn. This initiative is led by the Dubai Government Excellence Programme (DGEP) “Dubai We Learn” in partnership with the Centre for Organisational Excellence Research (COER). In April 2017, 11 project teams from 11 government entities began their benchmarking projects which were expected to take one year. Two months later on the 11 June 2017 the project teams came together to give a 10-minute presentation on the progress of their benchmarking projects.

    The 11 “Dubai We Learn” project teams

    To maximise the engagement and learning of the participants the audience were invited to vote on which two teams they believed had made the most progress with their projects. A panel of judges selected another two teams and then one winner was selected.

    Dr Zeyad El Kahlout, Quality and Excellence Advisor, DGEP, coordinating the voting activity

     

    The Panel of judges, from left Ahmed Abbas, Dr. Robin Mann, Prof. Dotun Adebanjo

    The team judged to have made most progress was from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs Dubai (GDRFA) with its project to “To identify and implement best practices in enriching a positive energy culture”. The other three government entities recognised for their progress were:

    • Dubai Health Authority for their project which aims to identify and implement best practices in the prevention of diabetes.
    • Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services for their project which aims to develop and implement a world-class performance management system for ambulance services.
    • Dubai Municipality for their project which aims to Identify and implement best practices in managing, sharing, and utilising knowledge across the organization.

    The four teams that were recognised with HE Dr. Ahmed Nuseirat, General Coordinator of DGEP and Dr Robin Mann, COER

    The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs Dubai (GDRFA) aims to understand what is meant by a positive energy culture and how such a culture can support innovation and employee happiness. Currently, GDRFA is working on analysing the current status of positive energy at GDRFA, which includes analysis of key contributors toward a positive energy culture within the organisation. The next step for GDRFA will be studying the concept of positive energy on a personal and organisational level, this is to understand the environment needed for a positive energy culture to thrive.

    In the next few months, the teams will be looking for benchmarking partners to learn from. Are you implementing a best practice in any area related to the 11 projects below? If so, we would like to hear from you. Please email ahmed@bpir.com for more details.

    Government entity Project title
    Dubai Civil Aviation Authority Happy Skies
    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
    Dubai Human Resources Department Launching a Dubai Government HR Think Tank
    Dubai Municipality Innovation Hub
    Dubai Police Call Of Duty: Police Edition
    Dubai Public Prosecution A Smarter Public Prosecution Services
    General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs Dubai Positive Energy
    Knowledge and Human Development Authority Holacracy Safari

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  3. 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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  4. 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.


  5. 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.