1. The Sponsor as the face of organisational change

    November 25, 2013 by nick.halley

    A large proportion of projects are not given enough executive level attention. Due to this, a large number of projects ultimately fail, as they move further and further away from the business’ core competencies, and strategic alignment between business and project breaks down. In order to overcome this, effective organizations recognize project sponsorship as a key part in any project. It is very important to have active sponsors who support change. Sponsors establish direction for the future, communicate through vision, and forge aligned, high performance teams.

    Dr. H. James Harrington, CEO and Douglas Nelson of Harrington Associates, have written a white paper explaining further how an effective sponsor, who sits at an executive level, can help eliminate the barriers to change and ensure the rapid and effective implementation of project outcomes. Commissioned by the Project Management Institute (PMI), the white paper, outlines characteristics and skills of a strong sponsor, including; power, sense of urgency, vision, public role, private role, and leverage. It includes a small but effective tool for assessing the suitability of a person for a sponsor role.

    The following statement from Managing Change in Organizations: A Practice Guide (PMI, 2013b) provides the foundational concept for this whitepaper.

    “A sponsor provides resources required for change and has the ultimate responsibility for the program or project, building commitment for the change particularly at the senior management level across the organization. Direct responsibility and accountability for the change needs to be clearly defined and accepted at an appropriately high level within an organization. Consequently, the sponsor for a change effort should be someone who has sufficient authority, influence, power, enthusiasm, and time to ensure that any conflicts that could impede the change are resolved in a timely and appropriate fashion.”

    Read the white paper HERE hosted by PMI.


  2. How to get $820 for each $1 spent using a Business Excellence Programme

    February 8, 2012 by admin
    One of the repeated questions in quality management is, what is the cost of quality? is quality free?
    Well, my personal opinion is, it is and it is not. According to quality guru Philip Crosby “Quality is free. But it is not a gift”

    In other words, the organisation needs to “pay” for establishing a quality system in order to get the rewards, it’s like paying for someone to fix the leaks in a system.

    Therefore, with any  improvement initiative there will be some cost associated with the programme but at the end the organisation should gain much more than what they have paid.

    In Dec 2011, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) published the results of a research study aimed to evaluate the net social benefits of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Programme.

    The researchers compared the benefits received by the 273 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award applicants from 2007 to 2010 with the cost of operating the Baldrige Program.

    According to the research, the benefit-to-cost ratio of Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award is 820-to-1, which means for every $1 spent to implement the programme the economy will get $820 in form of social value, which is categorized into 3 categories:

    • The applicants’ cost savings from using the freely available Baldrige Criteria instead of a higher-priced alternative
    • Gains to U.S. consumers, who had greater satisfaction with higher-quality products
    • Gains to U.S. economy resources saved by using the Baldrige Criteria
    The researchers noted  that the benefit-to-cost ratio would be much higher  for the US economy but the research only focussed on the benefits stemming from the award applicants (in respect to the social costs of running the whole Baldrige programme). In reality, 1000’s more organisations will have benefited from the programme.

    You can read the full research from here.

    Ahmed
    BPIR.com

     


  3. The COER Perspective

    October 21, 2010 by
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    This October, the Centre for Organisational Excellence Research (COER) has issued its periodical newsletter to inform readers of its research findings and initiatives in organisational excellence, benchmarking, and performance improvement.

    The first section includes research being undertaken to develop a “guide model” to help professionals select the right performance improvement programme, through the use of a simple step-by-step procedure.

    Whether you are looking to know the latest research in the field or you would like to know what are the latest must attend event or even book suggestions and reviews plus much more you will find it in COER newsletter

    The contents for the newsletter are listed below:

    1. A GUIDE Model for Selecting Improvement Initiatives to Achieve Organisational Excellence.
    2. The Role of Organisational and National Culture in Business Improvement Initiatives.
    3. What Are the Triggers for Business Excellence?
    4. PhD Opportunities in Best Practice and Business Excellence Research.
    5. Eighty-Six Countries with National Quality/Business Excellence Awards.
    6. The Impact of Business Excellence/Quality Awards: An International Study.
    7. Business Excellence Tools for Self-Assessment.
    8. Professionalising the Application of Benchmarking.
    9. What Will Benchmarking Be Like in 2030? The GBN Wants to Know Your Views.
    10. Finding Best Practices Faster…
    11. Read the Latest News.
    12. Customer Complaints Resolution, Succession Planning and Business Outsourcing.
    13. Benchmarking Support in the Middle East.
    14. BPIR.com Limited’s Growth Plans – Partner Search.
    15. “Must Attend” Events.
    16. Forthcoming Events.
    17. Past Conferences/Events
    18. Book Reviews
    19. Subscribe to COER News.

    You can download the newsletter from here 


  4. What will be the future of benchmarking? – share your view.

    September 22, 2010 by
    The Global Benchmarking Network is embarking on a project to look at the future of Benchmarking up to the year 2030.
     
    This project will answer the following questions – What will Benchmarking look like in 2030 – and in between? What are the tools, methodologies and technologies that Benchmarkers can use now to help organisations and economies to improve their outcomes?

    Please accept this invitation to participate in the survey, the survey will take less than 10 minutes to complete.

    Once you complete the survey, you will immediately gain access to the Global Benchmarking Network “Benchmarking 2030 Interim Report” showing our initial research findings. Further findings will be presented at the 5th International Benchmarking Conference, 5-6 December 2010, Kuwait, kuwaitbenchmarking.com . The final report will be published in 2011.

    Click here to participate in the survey and get the free report.


  5. Watch a pre-recorded webinar on “Business Excellence and Benchmarking – A Global Perspective”

    June 13, 2010 by admin
    Hello allI delivered this webinar on 8 April 2010 in Toronto, Canada.  It draws from three projects:

    • A research project on behalf of SAI Global in 2006 to review and update the Australian business excellence framework. This project has the involvement of 16 countries (including Canada) and was endorsed by the Global Excellence Model Council. It was a unique project in that it is not only looked at the design of business excellence frameworks but also how best to deploy them on a national basis.
    • A research project on behalf of the Asian Productivity Organisation in 2009 to identify the value and impact of business excellence. Five countries participated in the research; India, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand.
    • A research project on behalf of the Global Benchmarking Network in 2008 to investigate awareness, use and benefits of benchmarking.

    The presentation:

    1. Reflects on the history of business excellence.
    2. Presents the research evidence on business excellence. What evidence is there that business excellence leads to long-term and sustainable business success?
    3. Describes where we are now in terms of business excellence from a global perspective and what the future holds. Are the models here to stay?
    4. Presents research findings showing how national business excellence custodians (the bodies responsible for business excellence) are assisting companies within their country and what more could be done to help companies on their journey towards excellence.
    5. Focuses on recent innovations in “Benchmarking” which has led it to become one of the key tools of business excellence and organisational learning.
    6. Presents the expert’s views on the steps to take to become world-class.

    To watch the recording visit the following URL: http://connectpro24581019.acrobat.com/p54078139

    Access the recorded session with the following information:
    User name: benchmarking@nqi.ca
    Password: bench

    You will notice in the presentation I was a bit twitchy. This was because I was given 3 very strong coffees before the presentation as I was falling asleep. I had arrived in Toronto at 2.00am to find that  I was locked out of the hotel I was supposed to be staying at and instead had to stay at a flea-infested motel – must have been the dirtiest hotel on the planet but I had no other choice at that time in the morning! Anyway the coffee worked and I got through the presentation and now know where not to stay in Toronto!

    Thank you to the National Quality Institute, Canada, www.nqi.ca, for allowing BPIR Newsletter readers to watch the webinar.

    Best regards
    Dr Robin Mann, Commercial Director and Part-Owner, BPIR.com Limited, r.s.mann@massey.ac.nz