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Validating a Best Practice

A Tool for Improvement and Benchmarking, 1st Edition

By Yves Van Nuland, Grace L. Duffy

Productivity Press

232 pages | 117 B/W Illus.

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Sharing Best Practices across industries and functions is an accepted method for continuous improvement. All organizations using process – focused improvement, whether public, private, government or non-government, benefit from managing core activities at a Best Practice level. Best Practices are tools for designing processes more effectively. The Benchmarking trend of the 1990s evolved with the help of competitive analysis, performance excellence awards, and other corporate recognition programs into an ongoing record of what works. Bob Camp introduced benchmarking against a Best Practice based on his work at Xerox in the 1980s. Nowhere before now has there been a tool to identify and document an effective Best Practice. The BEST method, offered in this book, provides the reader a quick and user-friendly tool to assess a Best Practice process and set action plans to improve performance to World Class level.

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Table of Contents

Preface Acknowledgments Chapter 1. Introduction Chapter 2. The BEST method PART 1: Description of the BEST Tool Chapter 3. The B E S T Tool: checklist of criteria for the assessment of a Best Practice Chapter 4. Writing the Best Practice PART 2: Use of the BEST Tool Chapter 5. Application of BEST tool on Case Studies (Detailed Analysis) Chapter 6. Application of simplified BEST tool on 10 case studies (Quick Scan) Chapter 7. Florida Health Department Orlando Case Study as a Best Practice Chapter 8. Conclusion Appendix: Frequently Asked Questions

About the Authors

Yves Van Nuland, PhD

After his studies of PhD Chemistry at the University of Leuven (Belgium) (1977), Yves worked at the Belgian FDA (1978). Next, he was laboratory and quality manager at PRB (chemical industry) (1979-1988) and quality manager at UCB Chemicals in Brussels (1989-1994). As a self-employed consultant-trainer, he gives support to his customers on subjects like excellence models (EFQM and MBA), Business Process Management, KPI’s and company culture. He is coauthor and editor of the book Excellent: A Guide for the Implementation of the EFQM Excellence Model.

Grace L. Duffy, President Management and Performance Systems

Grace provides services in organizational and process improvement, leadership, quality, customer service and teamwork. She designs and implements effective systems for business and management success. She is author of The Quality Improvement Handbook, The Executive Guide to Improvement and Change, Executive Focus: Your Life and Career, The Public Health Quality Improvement Handbook, QFD and Lean Six Sigma for Public Health, Modular kaizen: Dealing with Disruption, Tools and Applications for Starting and Sustaining Healthy Teams, The Encyclopedia of Quality Tools, The Quality Improvement Pocket Guide, and Modular Kaizen: Continuous and Breakthrough Improvement.

Ms. Duffy has over 40 years experience in successful business and process management in corporate, government, education, healthcare, not for profit, and small business. She is a recognized specialist in leadership and executive performance. Grace uses her experience as President, CEO and senior manager to assist organizations and individuals in performance excellence. She is a frequently requested keynote and conference speaker on organizational and professional performance. She is an active coach and mentor to senior leaders in large corporations as well as entrepreneurs, focusing on strategic alignment of individual skills to organizational outcomes.

Grace holds a Masters in Business Administration fromGeorgiaStateUniversityand a Bachelor’s in Archaeology and Anthropology fromBrighamYoungUniversity. She is an American Society for Quality (ASQ) Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence, Certified Quality Improvement Associate, and Certified Quality Auditor. Grace is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, and Manager of Process Improvement. Grace is a member of ASTD, ISPI and ASQ. She is an ASQ Fellow and Past Vice President within the ASQ Office of the President and 2014 recipient of the ASQ Distinguished Service Medal.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Management Science
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Quality Control
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Production & Operations Management
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Workplace Culture