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In partnership with

Improved Optimisation Through Cooperation, Learning and the Adaption of Incremental Improvement Techniques

Dr John F. Noonan

Enterprise Research Centre

Faculty of Science and Engineering

University of Limerick.

Developing Quality and Innovation through Strategic Operations

and Alliances in the Voluntary Disability Sector

The Pavilion, North Campus, University of Limerick

DFI/UL Symposium, 29 November 2013.

background to the presentation

Background to the Presentation

Interaction with the students from the DFI/UL Introduction to TQM course (2 years/4 Cohorts)

Interaction with the Voluntary Disability Sector students & Researchers on the Lean Specialist Diploma (UL)

An examination of other initiatives

Aim: To formulate a perspective that might provoke reflection

presentation structure
Presentation Structure
  • A catch phrase
  • A perspective: The hymn sheet
  • Some Reports and Findings
  • Unique challenges
  • TQM Applied
  • Lean Applied
  • An age old argument
  • The nature of highly effective voluntary disability organisations
  • The way forward
a catch phrase
A Catch Phrase

“Think Big Work Small”

  • Incremental improvement
  • Smaller organisations have just as much to contribute
  • Many views one vision
  • Systems Thinking {TQM & LEAN}

i.e. Improved Optimisation Through Cooperation, Learning and the

Adaption of Incremental Improvement Techniques

the hymn sheet tqm course ul dfi
The Hymn SheetTQM Course (UL/DFI)
  • Systems thinking: systems are more than the sum of their parts, so well organised relationships between the parts are paramount
  • Lean Thinking: Value to the service user through provider Involvement & relentless elimination of Waste
  • TQM: corporate culture characterised by increased service user satisfaction through continuous improvement, in which everyone participates actively.
reports findings systems children england birmingham 2009
Reports & Findings: SystemsChildren England (Birmingham 2009)

Mission; a fairer world for children, young people and families - The ‘Every Child Matters’ agenda

  • “Progress does not need to involve huge change; what is important is that progress is being made, however incremental”
  • “importance of infrastructure, which includes small organisations and that is carefully developed to be locally appropriate, being ‘owned’ by the VCS.”

Children England was formerly the National Council of Voluntary Child Care Organisations, NCVCCO

reports findings lean thinking public sector scotland 2010
Reports & Findings:Lean ThinkingPublic Sector Scotland (2010)

Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) Service

(Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council)

reports findings tqm cedar foundation belfast 2001 physical disability services
Reports & Findings: TQM Cedar Foundation (Belfast), 2001(Physical Disability Services)

“The pursuit of excellence is not optional in the voluntary sector, it is essential”


Driver: The level of growth and the increase in range, choice and quality of services to users

  • Customer Service Excellence awarded (customer & value)
  • ISO 9000 certified (documented quality system)
  • EFQM self assessed
  • - 2015

“development and delivery of innovative and effective Services” Despite economic challenges

the challenges explored in the assignments
The ChallengesExplored in the Assignments
  • Defining greatnessand calibrating success without business metrics (increasing effectiveness to better utilize scarce financial resources)
  • Leadership and getting things done within the dispersed structure of voluntary disability organisations
  • Building teams and getting the right people engaged within voluntary disability organisations’ constraints and opportunities
  • Increasing and securing the flow of resources to the voluntary disability organisations without a profit motive;
  • Building momentum through brand reputation of the voluntary disability organisations.
  • The customer: taxpayer, elected official, governing body, or the individual who receives a service?
  • Political leadership is transitory

Adapted from The challenges Five Issues that Separate CVOs from Businesses: Collins (2006)

up for the challenge tqm tools applied fmea service group work facilitation skills training
(Up for the challenge)TQM Tools Applied: FMEA - ServiceGroup work / Facilitation Skills Training

Paul Partnership

up for the challenge lean tools applied kaizen value analysis stream map of headways new process
(Up for the challenge)Lean Tools Applied: Kaizen + Value Analysis(Stream Map of Headways New Process)


DMAIC Kaizen

New clients can access the service with approximately 30 days removed from the clients wait.

60 Days 30 Days

age old argument quality time or quality all of the time
Age old Argument: “Quality Time” or “Quality all of the Time”

Google’s 20% Time: for creativity and innovation

(Results: AdSense, Gmail, Google Talk, Google Reader)

Googlers “120% time”

Larry Page (Chief Executive 2011) we need “more wood behind fewer arrows” referring to lack of focus

  • Reliable processes = reliable results
  • processes are the sum of their inputs
  • Continuous Improvement & Consistency
  • Teamwork & Routine performance Analysis
  • Training for all
the nature of highly effective community and voluntary organisations williams 2007
The Nature of Highly EffectiveCommunity and Voluntary Organisations(Williams: 2007)
  • Any CVO should start with, and then continue to have, the people it exists to serve, the ‘Participants’ (users), at the heart of its organisational focus.
  • It might be nice to think that funding would not be such a primary and priority task to deal with. However, people (volunteers and/or staff) need resources to give life to any dreams that exist or emerge

“CVOs need to be masters at making something out of nothing – of alchemy”.

Ian Williams

Annual Community and Voluntary Sector Conference

The Carmichael Centre for Voluntary Groups

February 1st 2007

the way forward balancing lean with latitude putting passion into compassion
The way forward:Balancing Lean with Latitude(Putting passion into compassion)


TQM : long–term success through service user care & improving processes, services, and culture

Lean Thinking : embodies a set of design principles to deliver purpose more and more effectively by reducing waste

Lean + TQM: Balancing value with efficiency

in summary
In Summary
  • The mission of the Voluntary Disability Sector distinguish them sharply from business
  • The real need among the Voluntary Disability Sector is for tools and learning developed out of their experience and focused on their specifics

Above all:

  • Cherish achievements
  • Build in quality of service
  • Reduce complexity
  • Learn

Look to a future state some where between the current state and an ideal state through grasping opportunities.

More poetically……………

anthem leonard cohen
Anthem Leonard Cohen

“ Ring the bells that still can ring,

Forget your perfect offering,

There is a crack,

There is a crack in everything

That’s how the light gets in”