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

    May 26, 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


  2. 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.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


  3. Summer School on Quality and Organizational Excellence 2017

    April 2, 2017 by ahmed

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    Welcome to the Summer School on Quality and Organizational Excellence 2017, at the University of Minho, Portugal.

    This Program is a unique opportunity to learn, share experiences and know new colleagues that together have the same passion – the passion for Quality.

    By attending to the Summer School on Quality and Organizational Excellence you have the chance to learn from some of the most important worldwide Quality Leaders – Pedro Saraiva, Hiroshi Osada, Lars Sörqvist and Mohamed Zairi, about the link of Quality and New Products Development, Total Quality Management, Quality Improvement Programs and the Future of Quality.

    The courses will take place during all the full week, with daily classes and several industrial visits, balancing theoretical and practical examples of the best practices in the field of Quality and Organizational Excellence. The program is composed of lectures, team work, workshops and presentations. The goal is to bring people together from across the globe, sharing experiences and discussing the present and future of Quality. The Summer School is based on 39 hours of contact.

    You are invited to apply!

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    Important Dates:
    Application deadline: April 7, 2017
    Acceptance notification: April 17, 2017
    Registration fee payment deadline: May 13, 2017
    Summer School: July 16-22, 2017


  4. Which is most popular – Baldrige, EFQM or Deming?

    March 8, 2017 by ahmed

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    I am often asked which business excellence framework is more popular – the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence or the EFQM Excellence Model. I answer this question by saying that more countries use the EFQM Excellence Model primarily because there are so many countries in Europe. COER’s research in 2015 showed that 61 countries have a national business excellence award with the EFQM model being used most often. However, the countries that use the Baldrige framework tend to be larger such as the United States and China so perhaps the number of users of this framework are greater?To explore this question and for a bit of fun I used Google Trends. There were various searches I could do as the names of these awards/frameworks can vary and would have an impact on the search results. The ones I chose to search on first of all were the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, EFQM Excellence Model (I thought this term was best to search for as most countries promote the model and their national award rather than the EFQM Excellence Award) and the Deming Prize (it was interesting to add this to the mix as the Deming Prize was established in 1951 as the first major prize for TQM orientated organisations).

    This graph reveals that the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award was easily the most searched for item with two to three times as many searches in comparison to the EFQM Excellence Model. The Deming Prize was rarely searched for.

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    The next graph shows a second search. This time I searched for Baldrige, EFQM and Deming. The results are very interesting. As can be seen Deming was easily the most popular search with three to four times as many searches as for Baldrige, which came second, or the EFQM. This search shows the continued relevance and impact of Deming’s work worldwide and that the Baldrige and EFQM “brands” have not reached the same level of popularity (even though these frameworks have largely embraced Deming’s 14 points in their core values and concepts).

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    The findings from this research points to the opportunity to grow the brand of “business excellence” in general. This finding is supported from other comparisons of “business excellence” with other tools and techniques as per the previous Google Trends article.

    This article was written by Dr Robin Mann, Head of the Centre for Organisational Excellence Research, NZ.


  5. Which is most popular – Benchmarking, Best Practices, Business Excellence, Innovation, Lean, Six Sigma, Balanced Scorecard, Knowledge Management, ISO 9001 or IS0 14001?

    March 7, 2017 by ahmed
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    My friend from the Australian Organisation for Quality – Michael W McLean, Managing Director, McLean Management Consultants Pty Limited brought to my attention the usefulness and fun of using Google Trends. Michael had compared the popularity of business excellence with a number of other improvement methodologies and techniques. His point was the relative lack of awareness or popularity of business excellence in comparison to other improvement approaches, in particular in comparison to ISO 9001. This was disappointing but no great surprise as it supported the findings of a study that COER undertook for SAI Global on the Australian Business Excellence Framework (ABEF) in 2007 (study shown here) – this revealed that only 9.5% of senior managers/directors in Australia had heard of the ABEF and only 1.3% had used the ABEF to improve their performance over the last 5 years.
    The graphs below are from my own comparisons using Google Trends. The first graph shows the popularity according to the number of searches for Benchmarking, Best Practices, Business Excellence and Innovation. These topics are the areas of expertise for my organisation, the Centre for Organisational Excellence Research (COER). The graph shows the popularity of these approaches over 5 years from a worldwide perspective and only including results of searches of a “business and industrial” nature rather than on “games” or “sport” for example.most_popular1

    The graph shows clearly that innovation is the most popular search item, approximately four times as popular as searches for best practices and benchmarking. Business excellence is a 1/100th as popular as innovation. (Note the numbers on the left hand axis represent search interest relative to the highest point on the chart for the given region and time. A value of 100 is the peak popularity for the term. A value of 50 means that the term is half as popular. Likewise a score of 0 means the term was less than 1% as popular as the peak).

    The second graph shows the popularity according to the number of searches for Benchmarking, Lean manufacturing, ISO 9001, Innovation and ISO 14001. This graph reveals that Innovation is the most popular topic with ISO 9001 second (at 50% popularity), Benchmarking third, ISO 14001 fourth, and Lean manufacturing last.

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    The third and final graph shows the popularity according to the number of searches for Benchmarking, Six Sigma, Balanced Scorecard, Innovation and Knowledge Management. This graph reveals that Innovation is again the most popular topic with Six Sigma second (at 50% popularity), Benchmarking third, Knowledge Management fourth and Balanced Scorecard last.

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    These searches reflect the interests of business people around the world and therefore should be taken seriously. Innovation can be seen as the hot topic over the last 5 years and yet systems/approaches/methodologies to help organisations become more innovative are still in their infancy. Those of us that understand business excellence will recognise that business excellence models have innovation integrated into the model criteria and yet the models are relatively unknown and unused. This presents an opportunity for the administrators and promoters of business excellence to leverage off the interest in innovation to offer their holistic business excellence model as a guide to building innovative organisations.

    This article was written by Dr Robin Mann, Head of the Centre for Organisational Excellence Research, NZ.