Completing the Standard Requirements Self Assessment is a great benchmarking tool. You can complete the questionnaire individually, or you can choose a team of people who are most knowledgable about the subject within the company.
The Self Assessment gives a clear overview of the gaps in the processes and where improvements can be made for increased process maturity. Because of this, many of our clients choose to perform the Self Assessment at the starting point -or during the due diligence portion – of an implementation project.
So how does this work?
The principles behind the Standard Requirements Self Assessment is that the basis of great processes and business practices is sharing knowledge through deliberate communication. That’s why we ask you to assess each question and answer truthfully:
On a scale of 1 – 5 (where 1 is non existent and 5 is strongly confident) “In my belief, the answer to this question is clearly defined” [within our company]
It doesn’t ask you to answer the question with a theoretical approach, but rather your opinion. In your opinion or belief, is the answer to this question clearly defined?
For example, there may be questions around Project organisation setup. Do we follow clearly defined strategies on how we approach a project? And is everybody on the same page in relation to this understanding and definition?
That’s the strength of the Self Assessment, that it makes you think about how we utilise theories, methodologies, processes and procedures to improve our business model.
In some cases the answer to the question is YES – it is clearly defined that we consciously and deliberately do not follow this approach. And that’s OK. As long as everybody knows 😉
How often do we need to do the Self Assessments?
That’s up to you and your organisation really. My recommendation is to do it every quarter at the start of a project, and pick 3 or 4 big priorities for the next 90 days. Once you’re in a rhythm of implementing the action items you can continue to do the Self Assessments annually or after major changes in the business. This will keep everybody focused on doing the right things and not veering off course following the next shiny object that we’re hearing to much about lately.
If you have further questions in relation to the Self Assessment, or are looking for more guidance, feel free to contact us directly by entering your details in the contact us form.
For more information on the Self Assessments and a full overview of the available topics, go to store.theartofservice.com/self-assessments/