- Michael Rapaport, CEO of IQS and Cofounder of Integri LLC
- Ken Piddington, CIO and Executive, MRE Consulting
- Darren Wray, CEO, Fifth Step Limited
- According to Info-Tech research, 74% of our clients feel that IT quality management is an important process, however, only 15% said they actually had effective quality management.
- IT is required to deliver high quality projects and services, but if CIOs are ineffective at quality management, how can IT deliver?
- Rather than disturb the status quo with holistic quality initiatives, heads of IT leave quality in the hands of process owners, functional areas, and other segmented facets of the department.
- CIOs are facing greater pressures to be innovative, agile, and cost-effective, but cannot do so without stable operations, an accountable staff base, and business support; all of which are achieved by high IT quality.
- Quality management needs more attention that it’s typically getting. It’s not going to happen randomly; you must take action to see results.
- Quality must be holistic. Centralized accountability will align inconsistencies in quality and refocus IT towards a common goal.
- Accountability is the key to quality. Clearly defined roles and responsibilities will put your staff on the hook for quality outcomes.
Impact and Result
- Shift your mindset to the positive implications of high quality. Info-Tech’s quality management methodology will promote innovation, agility, lower costs, and improved operations.
- We will help you develop a fully functional quality management program in four easy steps:
- Position your program as a group to encourage buy-in and unite IT around a common quality vision. Enact a center of excellence to build, support, and monitor the program.
- Build flexible program requirements that will be adapted for a fit-to-purpose solution.
- Implement the program using change management techniques to alleviate challenges and improve adoption.
- Operate the program with a focus on continual improvement to ensure that your IT department continues to deliver high quality projects and services as stakeholder needs change.
Start here – read the Executive Brief
Understand why Info-Tech’s unique approach to quality management can fix a variety of IT issues and understand the four ways we can support you in building a quality management program designed just for you.
1. Position the program
Hold a positioning working session to focus the program around business needs, create solid targets, and create quality champions to get the job done.
2. Build the program
Build program requirements and design standard templates that will unite IT quality.
3. Implement the program
Evaluate the readiness of the department for change and launch the program at the right time and in the right way to transform IT quality.
4. Operate the program
Facilitate the success of key IT practice areas by operating the Center of Excellence to support the key IT practice areas’ quality initiatives.
This guided implementation is a ten call advisory process.
Guided Implementation #1 - Position the program
Call #1 - Discuss Info-Tech methodology.
Call #2 - Plan a program strategy.
Call #3 - Begin program planning.
Guided Implementation #2 - Build the program
Call #1 - Define policies, procedures, and guidelines.
Call #2 - Develop standard quality templates.
Guided Implementation #3 - Implement the program
Call #1 - Determine if you are ready for change.
Call #2 - Launch program.
Guided Implementation #4 - Operate the program
Call #1 - Determine if your practice areas are ready.
Call #2 - Monitor quality outcomes.
Call #3 - Report on quality outcomes.
- Title: Quality Management Course
- Number of Course Modules: 5
- Estimated Time to Complete: 2-2.5 hours
- Featured Analysts:
- Valence Howden, Research Director, CIO Practice
- James Alexander, SVP of Research and Advisory, CIO Practice
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Onsite workshops offer an easy way to accelerate your project. If you are unable to do the project yourself, and a Guided Implementation isn't enough, we offer low-cost onsite delivery of our project workshops. We take you through every phase of your project and ensure that you have a roadmap in place to complete your project successfully.
Module 1: Position Your Program
- Create a quality center of excellence to lead and support quality initiatives.
- Position your quality program to meet the needs of your business.
- Develop clear targets and create a roadmap to achieve your vision.
Key Benefits Achieved
- Defined Center of Excellence roles & responsibilities.
- A firm vision for your program with clearly outlined targets.
- A plan for improvements to show dedication to the program and create accountability.
Identify current quality maturity.
- Completed Maturity Assessment
Craft vision and mission.
Determine goals and objectives.
Specify metrics and critical success factors.
Develop quality principles.
- Completed Project Charter
Create action plan.
- Completed Quality Roadmap
Module 2: Build Your Program
- Build the requirements for the quality program, including outputs for quality planning, quality assurance, quality control, and quality improvement.
Key Benefits Achieved
- Defined standards for the quality program.
- General templates to be used to unify quality throughout IT.
Define quality policy, procedures, and guidelines.
- Quality Policy
Define your standard Quality Plan.
- Standard Quality Plan Template
Define your standard Quality Review Document.
- Standard Quality Review Template
Develop your Standard Quality Management Dashboard.
- Standard Quality Dashboard
Module 3: Implement Your Program
- Launch the program and begin quality improvement.
Key Benefits Achieved
- Perform a readiness assessment to ensure your organization is ready to launch its quality program.
- Create a communication plan to ensure constant and consistent communication throughout implementation.
Assess organizational readiness.
- Completed Readiness Assessment
Create a communication plan.
- Completed Communication Plan
Module 4: Operate Your Program
- Have the Center of Excellence facilitate the roll-out of the quality program in your key practice areas.
- Initiate ongoing monitoring and reporting processes to enable continuous improvement.
Key Benefits Achieved
- Quality plans for each practice area aligned with the overall quality program.
- Periodic quality reviews to ensure plans are being acted upon.
- Methodology for implementing corrective measures to ensure quality expectations are met.
Perform a quality management satisfaction survey.
- Completed Satisfaction Surveys
Complete a practice area assessment.
- Practice Area Assessments
Facilitate the creation of practice area quality plans.
- Quality Plans (for each practice area)
Populate quality dashboards.
Perform quality review(s).
- Quality Reviews (for each practice area)
Address issues with corrective and preventative measures.
Devise a plan for improvement.
- Quality Improvement Plan
Report on quality outcomes.