As we have already discussed, Rev D has real, transformative potential but the practice of implementing it may nonetheless hold a few traps for the unwary. So here are a few tips taken from our experience of successfully implementing Rev C and the new ISO 2015 regime.
Tip 1: Bring your people with you.
Rev D is an evolution rather than a revolution, but it nonetheless represents a major change. Not only will such change require leadership—which the standard specifies—it will also require facilitation. To be effective that must be both human and systemic. Capable change managers applying recognised change management techniques will be needed to implement Rev D just as much as capable systems. With Rev D, the more you can deploy at scale the better. After all, everyone will need to come on board eventually. So think about the required changes, prepare for that being continuous and use professional techniques to identify and manage the inevitable resistance you will face across the organisation.
Tip 2: Plan for the long haul.
Whilst the technical changes may be able to be dealt with relatively quickly, the cultural changes are likely to take much longer and require much more effort. Don’t let this catch you unawares. Use effective planning to avoid overstretch.
Tip 3: Use your systems to drive culture change.
Rev D will focus your staff on new ways of working so your systems should support, reinforce and encourage those behaviours. Use them to proactively drive the culture change. Ensure your systems engage everyone.
Tip 4: Consider the big picture.
Across larger or distributed enterprises, standards have rarely been managed consistently. Through its unified structure, the newly aligned ISO & Rev D regime should encourage this, but it will take time. In the meantime, policies and systems need to be in place to iron out the bumps.
Tip 5: Unify your standards management.
Whilst it will also take time for the High Level Structure which underpins both ISO and Rev D to be applied to the design of all standards, don’t be fooled into thinking that the management of standards cannot be unified now. They can be—and the prospective efficiency savings are enormous. All it takes are capable systems and the will to do it.
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Rev D is an evolution rather than a revolution, but it nonetheless represents a major change. Not only will such change require leadership—which the standard specifies—it will also require facilitation.