1. Lots of Activity, No Progress

    June 18, 2017 by ahmed

     

    Originally posted on Blogrige by Harry Hertz

    I recently read an HBR blog entitled, “How Aligned Is Your Organization?” The authors attributed a lack of internal organizational alignment to four reasons. The last, and I thought very important one, was that activity is mistaken for progress. Measurement of activity rather than progress is a common problem in organizations. Frequently, it starts with a desire to measure and manage by fact, and the easiest measures to begin with are activity measures. Activity measurement is not wrong, if you are measuring the right activities. In this blog post, I want to explore activity measurement and the achievement of progress.Activity is undertaken with the intent of producing results. And the direct results of activity are generally easy to measure (e.g., widgets produced, calls answered, time spent). Activity alone generally relates to operations and the results generally answer a question that begins with “What did you do?” You may have made twice as many widgets in half the time. You may have answered twice as many calls in only 120% of the time it previously took to answer half that number of calls. However, what you did may not yield results that relate to progress. Activity alone does not get at progress.

    In the Baldrige Excellence Framework, Results are scored on four factors. The first three are: levels, trends, and comparisons. You can measure all three of these factors for the activities described above and be very proud of your accomplishments. So what is missing?

    What if all the widgets were defective? What if all the calls answered did not resolve the callers’ issues? “Positive” activity, but no progress. The activities were measures of output, but not outcomes. The outcomes, which are measures of progress, were negative. Furthermore, the widgets may not have had the features that customers want. And with the heavy focus on widget production, the company may have missed that a replacement product was coming from another industry (e.g. digital imaging and ink replacing film and processing chemicals).

    All the customer calls you answered may have been due to poor guidance your organization provided at the start, requiring the need for further information.

    The activity measures perfectly answered the “What did you do?” question, but did not address the important questions of how well you did it, why you did it, and how important those activities are. To answer those questions we need more information about organizational context, strategy, leadership vision, and customer desires or needs. We need a systems perspective. We need an integrated set of questions and not just questions about level of activity, no matter how positive that activity’s results may be. The activity you are measuring may not even be an important activity to measure. The Baldrige Excellence Framework provides this systems perspective, through an integrated set of questions that cause thought about key organizational linkages.

    So how do quality improvement tools fit into this whole equation? They fit in very well, if applied to the right processes. Otherwise we could spend time on PDCA cycles or having Kaizen blitzes on unimportant processes, wasting people’s time and organizational resources, both of which are precious. These tools display their great value when applied to important problems. They need to be used with the good of the organization in mind, with a focus on processes that contribute to progress. We can then link the activity measures to not only output, but to the outcomes that will sustain the organization going forward.

    Finally, let me return to Baldrige Results factors. As stated previously, three are: levels, trends, and comparisons. The fourth and vital factor is integration. Are you measuring the results that are important to customers, strategy, financial success, and employee loyalty? And to emphasize the importance of integration, it is the only results factor that is also used as a scoring factor for processes. It is the measure of an aligned and integrated organization. It is the measure of systems thinking on the part of the organization. It is what moves our organizations from activity measurement, to measuring the right activities, to measuring critical outcomes, to achieving progress.

    How is your organization performing on its integration factors?


  2. Support the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) using Benchmarking

    May 26, 2017 by ahmed

    UNIDO

    UNIDO’s Sub-contracting and Partnership Exchange (SPX) Programme is a well-established initiative designed to tackle poverty.

    It does this by working to increase the competitiveness of local suppliers. Benchmarking has become central to SPX which has been operating for over 25 years and is currently established in more than 30 countries across 4 continents.

    Read more here

    This article has been provided by Mark Modena, Winning Moves


  3. 1st ASQ Canada Conference – 25/26th September 2017

    by ahmed

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    The first ASQ (American Society for Quality) Canada Conference will take place on September 25 & 26, 2017 in Ottawa at the Canada War Museum.The theme will be “A Confederation of Quality Professionals Working toward an Inclusive and Sustainable Canada”. It will focus on how we can work together to make a stronger and more resilient Canada by harnessing the knowledge, capability and talent of working Canadians.

    Some of the world’s leading experts and nations best professionals will share how organizations can use best management practices to create a culture committed to excellence and work collaboratively with others to create a high performing Canada.

    Keynote Speakers at the Conference

    DAWN RINGROSE
    Dawn Ringrose is Author of the Organizational Excellence Framework, a unique publication that integrates excellence models and provides implementation guidelines for the user. Her presentation will share the aggregate results of a current research project, the ‘First Global Assessment on the Current State of Organizational Excellence’, that was launched by the Organizational Excellence Technical Committee and endorsed by the Global Benchmarking Network and ISO TC 176.

    DAN CORBETT
    Dan Corbett is the former CEO of the National Quality Institute. His presentation will challenge that we are “back to the future” in Canada as other countries have developed and improved their national excellence models and expanded the elements to include services, the non-profit sectors and public sectors. He will speak about how these countries are moving ahead of Canada and leaving us once again in catch up mode.

    DR. TED MARRA
    Dr. Ted Marra is author of ‘The Wisdom Chronicles: Competing to Win’. He will speak about ‘Laying the Foundation for the Global Competitiveness of a Nation – A Visionary Perspective’. After 40 years of dealing with ‘leadership’ across 38 countries plus reviewing what ‘better practice’ have been able to accomplish, Ted will share his vision of what is required to truly be the best – the most globally competitive nation.

    ART DANIELS
    Art Daniels has 40 years’ experience in managing and developing institutions and human resources in the Canadian public service. As the Founder of the Institute for Citizen-Centered Service and advisor to national and international governments committed to reform, Art will share his experience with respect to ‘Putting Citizens First: Achieving Customer Focus and Lean Government’.

    JP GLADU
    JP Gladu is CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business. He will speak about moving non-Aboriginal and Aboriginal business toward sustainable partnerships and shared economic prosperity. He will share how growing a strong and diverse Aboriginal economy is essential to the Canadian economy and how this can be achieved.

    DR. ROBIN MANN
    Dr. Robin Mann is Director of the Centre for Organizational Excellence Research and Chair of the Global Benchmarking Network. His presentation will share how benchmarking is a powerful method for breakthrough thinking, innovation and improvement and for delivering exceptional bottom-line results.

    DR. CRAIG DOWDEN
    Craig Dowden is Author of ‘The Science of Positive Leadership’ and will be speaking on ‘Civility Matters’. A respected thought leader, he has been popular across media outlets – Huffington Post (U.S.), Financial Post, Psychology Today, HR Professional, Canadian HR Reporter, Canadian Manager, Your Workplace, Canadian Government Executive, Institute of Professional Management, radio and television appearances.

    To register, please visit the website http://conference2017.asqottawa.ca


     

    ‘First Global Assessment on the Current State of Organizational Excellence’

    Interim results will be shared at the conference along with a special snapshot of Canada
    Leaders from organizations around the world are invited to participate in the 1st Global Assessment on the Current State of Organizational Excellence that was launched by the Organizational Excellence Technical Committee QMD ASQ (OETC) in 2015 and endorsed by the Global Benchmarking Network and ISO Technical Committee 176.

    The assessment tool is based on the Organizational Excellence Framework (OEF) that integrates leading excellence models and provides implementation guidelines for the practitioner (downloadable at no charge http://organizationalexcellencespecialists.ca)

    To participate in the global assessment, you have two choices:

    1. Teaser Assessment – takes 5 minutes, assesses culture of excellence and delivers a free feedback report to your inbox http://www.qlbs.com/QimonoVBA/assessment/OrgExFrameworkTeaser
    2. Full Assessment – takes 15 to 30 minutes depending on organization size, assesses culture of excellence and deployment of best management practices http://www.qlbs.com/QimonoVBA/Assessment/OrgExFramework

    Individual responses for both assessments will be strictly confidential. Only the aggregate data will be reported on the open OETC LinkedIn site https://www.linkedin.com/groups/4369749 so that respondents can benchmark their performance with others.
    This research is intended to provide benefit for all stakeholders:

    • Contribute to the OETC mandate “to support and promote the use of international excellence models and to help all organizations attain higher levels of performance”
    • Create awareness with leaders and managers about the principles and best management practices that are common to high performing organizations
    • Enable organizations to build on strengths and address opportunities for improvement
    • Provide a snapshot about the extent to which best management practices are deployed by organization size, industry sector and country

    This article has been provided by Dawn Ringrose, Organizational Excellence Specialists, OETC and GBN, Canada


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

    May 25, 2017 by ahmed

    2017 projects

    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.

    To receive up to date information about this initiative subscribe to our free newsletter from here, you can also search #Dubai_We_Learn in the social media websites to see content uploaded by the teams.


  5. South African Quality Institutes latest news

    May 21, 2017 by ahmed

    South African Quality Institute (SAQI) http://www.saqi.co.za is the national body that co-ordinates the Quality effort in South Africa. Their monthly newsletter is an excellent source of information to keep up with the latest quality issues in South Africa.

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    • Customer focus versus Stakeholders focus, by Paul Harding
    • Six Sigma, by Johan Oelofse
    • Trends for Africa in 2017, by Dr Martyn Davies
    • Service and operational excellence, by Gavin Thompson
    • First global assessment on the current state of organisational excellence, by team SAQI
    • Do you really need a Corporate Governance Framework, by Jane’ Palmer
    • Go with the Quality flow, by RIchard Hayward

    Click here to download download this newsletter.