Create a clear mission
The ultimate mission of the IT quality must be to add value to the organization as a whole and, in particular, to improve IT quality in every aspect, including applications, the infrastructure, even the help desk. However, the IT quality cannot serve as the sole owner of quality; it must not try to resolve all quality issues alone. Further, it shouldn’t operate in an after-the-fact quality assurance mode. Instead, it should identify issues that impede quality and facilitate their rapid resolution.
Τhe mission of the ΙΤ quality must:
● Provide discipline and rigor to address quality improvements.
● Define top quality goals and measures.
● Drive consistent, agreed-to quality measures and corresponding management systems.
● Identify and prioritize IT quality issues from an end-to-end perspective.
● Serve as a focal point for an extended IT quality network comprised of end users and providers.
● Assign issues to owners for resolution, drive root cause analysis, and track results.
● Promote knowledge sharing of best practices relative to quality management in IT.
● Drive preventive defect activities so that quality does not become an afterthought.
Set specific objectives
Quality objectives need to focus, ultimately, on user satisfaction and key areas problematic to the IT area. They should answer the question, “What does the IT quality want to accomplish?" Sample objectives include: improve user satisfaction, control IT costs, reduce defects, improve IT infrastructure and application stability, and improve user perception of IT quality.
Develop simple strategies
Quality strategies should answer the question, “How will we achieve our objectives?" A simple strategy would be to address only broad, high-priority quality issues that affect the objectives. Or the quality function could focus on customer issues rather than internal issues. Another strategy would be to use a small quality team and an extended quality community rather than build a large quality organization within the information systems department.
To be effective, the quality function must avoid the tendency to grow a new bureaucracy. It must be committed to “staying the course" in creating a quality culture for the IT community.
The business executives, the CΕO and the IT quality leader must agree to a set of measurements that will track the progress of IT quality initiatives and issues. While consistency between groups is desirable, it is more important to relate the measures logically to the activities involved. The quality measures should reflect the items that remain important to users and those that drive user satisfaction. Each measure should include a target and time frame.
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Commences with a Gap Analysis and a written report that identifies the strengths and opportunities you have. You will know immediately where the project will focus.
Begins with the creation, for you, of a concise customized quality manual. You can start using it immediately to engage potential new clients.
Starts with training your own audit team. This gives you the long term skills to identify your own improvement opportunity in your organization well after certification.