Posts Tagged ‘Quality’

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I’m sure that your SWOT analysis has this down as an external threat already, but having just returned from a local Chamber economic review session here in South Yorkshire I thought it might be useful to share with you what we might have to contend with when we get to that part of the meeting where we review factors that could have an impact on the QMS.

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Things offered for consideration on the agenda might be (without liability until everything is clarified of course):

  • Checking employees who might need help with the Settlement Scheme for themselves and/ or their partners. Some companies were even prepared to pay the £65 fee in order to ensure there was minimal disruption but fortunately the fee was rescinded on January 21st.
  • Accepting that recruitment will be more competitive in relation to attracting the required skill sets so perhaps considering a revised strategy , say collaborating with local organisations more and bringing them through the ranks.
  • Being aware that CE marking will not be valid until an equivalent UK based authorising body is set up. Likewise new IP/ patent applications would need a separate UK based authority.
  • Custom declarations may need IT upgrade to generate the increased level of documentation if you currently trade with only the EU. You would be more familiar with all this if you trade beyond the EU already of course
  • Review your logistics, transport and supply chain. Make your contracts Brexit proof going forward and strengthen any arbitration clauses for example. Certainly consider the impact if you operate a JIT system.
  • Review any contracts with suppliers and customers especially if they contain specific arrangements for territories and currencies.
  • What would be the impact of (hopefully) short term currency fluctuations and don’t forget how it might impact on pension funds as well as the business.

All worth a look at where relevant and don’t forget the Government has issued a raft of technical notices and there is a support pack from the HMRC.

As if the agenda wasn’t long enough already I hear you say! Why not let us know how you get on? As always, more good support material on my web site by clicking here http://www.iso9001supportcentre.com

 

I know I, along with everybody else on this side of the quality divide, have been banging on about this. Certification Bodies are short on auditors and they in turn are short on dates. However, watch this short video about another issue (even though WP appears to want me upside down in the thumbnail all’s good when you click play). You will not believe it, or will you? Will you please let me know.

 

 

It is a very common occurrence when I go on site to conduct my Competent Auditor session that I get asked, “Well that’s OK, but what does an audit look like and what questions should I ask?” Taking that on board, my colleague Amanda and I are putting this video out to see what reaction it gets. Would it help you, your colleagues or your clients get a clearer picture of how they should go about an audit and how to handle the responses?

It is only the trailer as the full video lasts around 12 minutes which starts with a good audit then follows with the three reasons it fails – system inadequate, disregarded or needed

Please leave your comment below and I’ll send the full version to those of you who offer the most constructive feedback. PLEASE don’t get hung up on the actual content and interpretation as we all know each of us will probably approach it in our one unique way 🙂

Remember we are always here to help and support you in your 9001 work. See for yourself by clicking through to the 9001 Support Centre.

Delighted to announce that I have uploaded six new videos that take you on a gentle stroll through the new standard as part of the series “Amanda Asks About Auditing”. We literally flip through the standard as I explain what’s different and where some of the existing items from 9001:2008 have been relocated.

Here’s a quick trailer so you can see what I mean and get a feel as to how we cover it all. It’s quite funky as well!

You can check out the full series here where you will also catch a glimpse in the VIP area of another video idea that we are working on.

Be great to hear what you think when you’ve had chance to watch it.

 

 

Well it is fair to say that not everything works out as you planned it.  Having launched the App three years ago and having amassed around 2200 followers in over a 120 countries that may seem an odd statement to make.

file.jpgHowever, despite those impressive stats there is one that dwarfs both of those – simply nobody appears to want to interact with this cutting edge technology in relation to 9001.  Having placed videos up there, podcasts, surveys and much more there still appears to be a reluctance to communicate. Fair enough, some companies won’t allow mobile phones to be used at work for work but it still came as somewhat of a shock as I developed the content over the years.

Never mind, onwards and upwards as they say. I intend letting all my 9001 Supremos know of this and tell them that my main activities will now be centred around this blog  That can be the usual posts or videos, presentation and the like. You of course already know that now 🙂

If you have subscribed to it then by all means do tell why it might not have lived up to expectations.

Finally, may I take the opportunity to wish you all the best and every success for 2017 and remember – Make Your Quality Stand Out! Some exciting items coming to this blog in the New Year and as always check out the latest from the Support Centre here.

 

 

 

ShredderYou doubtless pondered over this when transitioning or installing the 2015 version. If you were transitioning, should you commit to not only the manual but the mandatory six through the jaws of your shredder as well. (Yes, I know Preventive Action went anyway but let’s run with it yeah)

In reality,  having talked to my sites during that period, they were retained as useful documents and the temptation to run amok resisted. It was a bit like some of us being allowed to get our hands our pension pot to do with as with please isn’t it. You so want to but you hold back. But what of companies getting certified for the first time with 9001:2015?

The manual if written properly (i.e. in say 8 – 10 pages max) is a good marketing tool and the procedures are useful support for those getting their heads round the requirements in QA.

As for the rest that really depends on the skills and knowledge of the team who will look after these processes. In my opinion, if they know them inside out then there would appear to be no need to burden them with procedures provided adequate records are being retained to evidence control of each process.

However, if they are lacking experience, there is no doubt that there is a good case for writing them. As with all parts of the standard – if not having a procedure risks the process falling over, then you need one.

 

 

 

 

BarryNot surprisingly, this is a very common question from companies during my time on site whilst I am creating the QMS.

First, let us assume the the company has someone who they are putting forward as the QA Representative – not always the case I know.  Also let us work on the basis that this person (you?) has another job, a main job, around which they have to find the time to look after the system. Now, there is a 4 – 6 month period ahead of you that involves a stage 1 audit before ending with the stage 2 audit.

To cope in this second phase when the system has been launched and staff start to work in accordance with it, I always suggest a day a week is required.   This is based on the fact that there will be invariably be at least 2 audits a month to do because the 12 month schedule has to covered in half the time.  On the first traunch of audits there will be CARs raised so they all have be be communicated, actioned – and chased?. There is all that data to locate and analyse on a regular basis; perhaps the approved suppliers list to amend because new suppliers are being sourced and then that Management Review meeting to fit in – and aren’t the majority of the actions going to be for you!

On top of that you have to make sure you know your way around the system, whether it is hard copies or an intranet or both, so you can speak about it with confidence when the auditor is on site. Don’t forget that procedures will need amending and perhaps forms as well so the whole change control process needs time allocating to it.

Mmm, quite a bit to do. It is important that the company and the staff see this commitment on a regular basis as you endeavour to make it all part of the company culture. I find a day a week to be a good test of that Management commitment, but I feel it is a fair and realistic allowance. What’s your experience?

If all that sounds a daunting prospect don’t forget help is at hand in the form of site visits, mentoring over the web and auditor training at the 9001 Support Centre.

ps: Next time I’ll move onto the commitment after the stage 2 when it’s all died down a bit – or has it?

That might seem an odd question but it was the one that CQI’s CEO Simon Feary asked of the local Yorkshire Group recently when we met at Leeds earlier this month.  Simon is currently ‘on tour’ going round the various regional groups to get feedback on this issue.  He also wanted to let members know that he has a vision whereby the CQI will become a ‘must join’ body in 2016.

But why?

Well, you may remember some time back there was a certain report issued stating that there could be a serious amount of money added to UK PLC if more companies made use of a quality management system (QMS) within their businesses.  There was a strong feeling that this would seriously raise the profile of the quality professional, but what happened – nothing.

Likewise, over recent years there have been numerous failures within businesses that can be taken as good examples as to what can happen without the controls that a QMS brings to a business.  Remember the financial meltdown of 2008, that oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the contaminated baby food in China, the fiasco with the food supply chain here in the UK, the irregularities with the tender process for a UK main line rail route and so on and so on.  However, what was the outcome as regards us Quality professionals – nothing.

Why was there so little interest?

You begin to wonder what has to happen in order to get the Q word used and accepted as a must have in the future, so why was it met with such apathy. The belief is that the media don’t really understand what quality is, after all how would you describe it?  The common threads that come through from these disasters is the ‘risk to the brand’ and the ‘high costs’ incurred – not forgetting that lives were lost both as victims and management.  Some would argue it also brought, and may still bring, some of the businesses perilously close to the edge.

On a much smaller scale, I recall offering an article to my local respected business newspaper on the benefits of 9001 to SMEs only to be asked – what’s 9001?

Do you know the way forward?

So, have you any ideas as to what the Quality community needs to do to make itself sexy?  Let’s be hearing from you via this blog.