“Stay in control, even when you outsource or employ people”
The system consists of a series of management processes that will:
- facilitate a focus on core business activities
- promote the avoidance of fire fighting and crisis management
- provide confidence when outsourcing or delegating
The system is designed with a focus on suitable control and feedback mechanisms to drive business development and promote efficient business management.
What others say about the system
“Crimson Crab was recommended to me by a business colleague when we were recently faced with the task of completing registration for the Care Quality Commission.
Being a new business, only 6 weeks into our trading, we needed a strong structure on which to base our quality systems and processes. Not only did Rob give us the structure, methodology and detail we needed to get through registration, he has enabled us to begin trading with a comprehensive quality management system which we will continue to build on.
He is patient, supportive and thorough and I would have no hesitation in seeking support from Rob again.”
When we talk about helping companies by providing a Management System, people often ask us;
“Why does our business need one?”
Good question – a good management system produces numerous benefits for any company willing to put in the effort:
1. Meet Customer Requirements
If we keep the customer well satisfied, they will want to come back again and again.
They don’t embrace the concept of quality through continual improvement. They don’t understand that continued customer satisfaction is the ultimate goal of a QMS. In other words, these companies haven’t “bought into the program”. See, you may obtain a piece of paper (that ISO certificate) that claims ISO 9001 certification without seeing much actual quality or improvement. Focusing only on that one benefit — your immediate gain — without putting the customer in front will end up costing you much more in the long run. Hopefully, some of the quality management system ideas may rub off and eventually stick…but wouldn’t you rather have a plan than trust to luck?
2. Get More Revenue and Business from New Customers
Once you earn your ISO 9001 certification, you can advertise your quality certification and respond to requests for quotes (RFQ) from companies that make ISO 9001 certification a “must-have”. ISO 9001 certification can open up new markets you were virtually unable to do business with before your certification.
3. Improve Company and Product Quality
A quality management system standard is all about quality (really!) so, of course, one result of adopting a QMS should be an improved level of quality for the entire organization — every process, and every product. There are many definitions of “quality”, but Philip Crosby and Joseph Juran provide two of the best. Crosby defined it as “conformance to requirements”; Juran called it “fitness for use”. A well-designed, effectively implemented ISO 9001 Quality Management System will put your company on the Road to Quality.
4. Increase Customer Satisfaction with your Products
Quality means whatever you produce will work as your customers expect. You will meet not only their stated requirements — you will meet more of their implied requirements, too. Quality also means far fewer complaints and doing a better job of resolving those you do. If your quality management system is working correctly, you should know what your customers expect and you should be providing it, resulting in increased customer satisfaction.
5. Describe, Understand, and Communicate Your Company Processes
The ISO 9001 QMS standard requires that you identify and describe your processes using business metrics, the purpose of which is to better manage and control your business processes. Quality objectives form the center of your system. Metrics are used to understand and communicate your system’s performance relative to your quality objectives. If you make an honest attempt to conform to the requirements of getting ISO 9001 certification, you’ll learn more about your business.
6. Develop a Professional Culture and Better Employee Morale
Implementing an ISO 9001 Quality Management System can empower employees. Your QMS will provide them with clear expectations (quality objectives and job descriptions), the tools to do their job (procedures and work instructions), and prompt, actionable feedback on their performance (process metrics). The result? An improved company culture and a more professional staff!
7. Improve the Consistency of Your Operations
What is consistency? Well, one way to think of it is “decreased variation”. Reducing the variation in your processes is the definition of consistency. Is your customer better served by you supplying them with a consistent product — same dimensions, same weight, same tolerances, same output every time — or by your products being unpredictable and “all over the place”? (I hope you’re not thinking too hard on this.)
Of course, they won’t accept variation, and neither should you! And how do you decrease variation? Increase control of your processes! Control comes from having a clear target to shoot for (objective), collecting data on the process (metrics), and understanding how to adjust the process (procedures and work instructions) to maintain the target output. If your ISO 9001 QMS is working, you should be increasing operational…and product…consistency.
8. Focus Management and Employeesiso 9001 certification
We’ve discussed quality objectives, metrics, and procedures used within an ISO 9001 Quality Management System. Having the right objectives, metrics, and procedures, management and employees should be able to focus better on what’s important. Yet, this isn’t always the case — it’s easy to lose focus over a period of time.
The ISO 9001 QMS has a way to ensure the company stays focused, and that’s quality auditing. Internal audits, registration (and surveillance) audits, and self-process audits. ISO 9001 certification requires that the company periodically audit its quality processes. Regular process audits and as-needed audits, when done correctly, provide the objective feedback needed to correct any deviations from the quality path and keep the company focused on its goals.
9. Improve Efficiency, Reduce Waste, and Save Money
An ISO 9001 Quality Management System isn’t perfect; no process and no one is perfect. (Why else would the standard devote a clause to “continual improvement”?) A well-run QMS does enable your company to approach perfection. As your processes improve, become more consistent, and you achieve your target objectives with greater regularity, you will see tangible results. Your process waste will decrease, for one.
Waste is money lost forever. Waste results from poor quality and inefficiency. Inefficiency results from variation and inconsistent processes. Reduce variation, improve consistency, and you’ll have less waste…and more money. It’s that simple!
10. Achieve International Quality Recognition
ISO 9001 is a worldwide standard administered by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), based in Switzerland. ISO 9001 is currently in use by close to one million organizations around the world! It is truly a world wide standard for quality! Obtaining ISO 9001 certification puts your company in a very select group.