Welcome to October, 2015 edition of Carnival of Quality Management Articles and Blogs.

The search for “Improving measures of measurement of process” took us to the first building block -‘performance measures and metrics’, followed by the search for resources relating to the ‘structuring for the process of improvement’, “Deploying the Improvement Process” and “Implementing the Improvement Process”. While we were @ Measuring the Improvement Process, we had observed references to several techniques of measurements. Among these one of the most discussed one is The Balanced Scorecard.

We will devote our present episode to exploring this technique in details. As can be expected, subject has a vast array of reference materials in the form of articles, papers, books and other multimedia contents. Even a brief glance through these would quite a heavy task, so we will refer to the hyperlinks of the referred contents in order to remain light on this episode.

Balanced  ScorecardWe will first take up a few of the articles that provide the introduction to the subject:

Here are some more articles that discuss the concept from different perspectives:

Next is in illustrative set of papers / articles that discuss the application of BSC in different fields:

Here is why 6 Reasons The Balanced Scorecard Is Still Relevant Today – an interesting article by Ted K. Jackson

#1: It ties directly to the number one issue of executives today: strategy execution.

#2: It provides a framework to align everyone in the organization around a mission and vision.

#3: It allows organizations to be more responsive to changes in the competitive landscape.

#4: It provides quantifiable metrics that show the health of an organization.

#5: It helps drive transparency.

#6: It links projects to measures, and measures to strategy.

Bonus Reason #7: You can make it yours.

If you are interested in balanced scorecard software, try the open-source Compiere.

For those who are interested in SAP type ERP platforms, here is the link to Balanced Scorecard (CPM-BSC) @ SAP’s Enterprise Management Tool .

The Balanced Scorecard Institute is an excellent under- one-roof resource.

The more we search, more will find resources – books, papers, software. What we have listed is at best a few samples on the subject. Measurement of the continual improvement will find as many variants as required by the as differing needs of differing circumstances, performed by the people with as many differing backgrounds. Obviously, we cannot cover all such variants in a single episode of our blog carnival. The ultimate message is that measurement and improvement both have to be integral part of the operations as well strategy.

We would continue our onward journey of the process of improvement for one more month, and then conclude the series.

We turn to our regular sections now:

World Quality Month - 11 2015Bill Troy, ASQ CEO has announced World Quality Month. The 6th Annual World Quality Month is set to begin in just a few weeks.

ASQ communications, in the ‘September Roundup – Does Mission Matter?’, has collected the reflections of ASQ Bloggers on the value of mission and the valued placed on it w.r.t. the guest post by Pat La Londe, ASQ Fellow and incoming ASQ board chair, on a question how often is a company’s mission considered when choosing a retailer or business partner..

The current month episodes of ASQ TV mainly relate to the revision in ISO 9001: 2015. We plan to take up this subject for an in-depth study in our December, 2015 episode. Therefore, we have gone back a little more and chosen Thinking Creatively and the related QP story for current month’s view.

For the present month, our ASQ’s Influential Voice is Dr. Suresh Gettala.

Dr. Suresh GottalaDr. Suresh Gettala is a regional director at ASQ India. He holds a doctorate in quality management from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, and is also a recipient of the renowned post-doctoral fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt  Foundation, Germany. He is a seasoned quality expert with a unique blend of academic/research as well as industry experience spanning several years in various aspects of quality management across multiple industries. He has published many research articles in reputed, peer-reviewed international journals. Suresh blogs on LinkedIn.

I look forward to your active participation in enriching the blog carnival as we pursue our Improvement journey …………