Next draft of #ISO9001 QMS is ready for public comment - July/2014

 The next draft of the famous ISO 9001 standard on quality management systems is now ready for public comment. 
Anyone, from industry to academia, and from consumers to regulators can have their say about how this standard is evolving. Contact the ISO member in your country for more details.
Next draft of #ISO9001 QMS is ready for public comment

ISO 9001:2015 Draft

Top 10 countries for ISO 9001 certificates (2010)

In recent years there has been a rapid growth in China, which now accounts for approximately a quarter of the global certifications.

Top 10 countries for ISO 9001 certificates (2010)
Rank Country No. of certificates
1 China 297,037
2 Italy 138,892
3 Russian Federation 62,265
4 Spain 59,854
5 Japan 59,287
6 Germany 50,583
7 United Kingdom 44,849
8 India 33,250
9 United States 25,101
10 Korea, Republic of 24,778

Source: ISO Survey 2010; Wikipedia

 ISO 9001 certified

Here, I will post updates about important information regarding Kaizen, and Management Practices in general

ISO 9001 Update!

At this moment, the International Organization for Standardization-ISO is working on unifying its Standards, making them more ‘interchangeable’ (Making a comparison withInterchangeability of parts, in manufacturing)

They have starting to use terms like: Consistency, to see Management Systems holistically.

To me this is great, something long overdue, having been working with these standards for almost 20 years.

I()t is something I experimented while working with professional; their frustration, due to the slow pace of changes needed.

Below are a couple of new things that ISO is implementing:

  • Adopting the high-­‐level structure and terminology of Annex SL, a unified guideline used for the development of all new ISO standards. In future all ISO MSS should be consistent and compatible - they will all have the same look and feel. This could be the beginning of the end of the conflicts, duplication, confusion and misunderstanding from different MSS. It is a challenge to auditors to focus their own and their clients' thinking on viewing organisations’ management systems holistically. (See Post)
  • OHSAS 18001 is dead, long live ISO 45001! -- ISO 45001 is an as yet unpublished Occupational Health and Safety Management Standard, set to replace OHSAS 18001. (see Post)
  • ISO 9001-2015: First published in 1987, ISO 9000 has consistently been ISO’s most popular series of standards. Now, building on 25 years of success, ISO technical committee ISO/TC 176, Quality management and quality assurance, subcommittee SC 2, Quality systems, is busy laying the groundwork for the next generation of quality management standards.
  • In more than 15 years providing Consulting Services, this has been the section of ISO 9001 that has encountered more resistance; Specialist always talk about the possibility of:
    • Change the wording,
    • making it 'exhaustive', Specific.
    • To make this Section SMART (as per definition of SMART Objectives: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic,Time-Bound)

Summarizing, Standardization has brought excellent things to the world we live in:

  • convenience,
  • safety,
  • progress,
  • order out of chaos,
  • billions of dollars in savings,
  • great qualitative and quantitative benefits,
  • cost savings

All these are great news!

Note: Reference on Linkedin.

Leonardo Da Vinci, a Cover Letter he wrote. 

Leonardo da vinci
This is a Must Read for any Professional. 

Everybody knows about the skills of Leonardo Da Vinci. To me it is impressive how after mentioning ALL of them, he finished with this Closing Statement:

  1. Closing statement: If any one of the above-named things seem to any one to be impossible or not feasible, I am most ready to make the experiment in your park, or in whatever place may please your Excellency; to whom I commend myself with the utmost humility.

  2. Amazing is also, this SentenceAlso I can execute sculpture in marble, bronze, and clay. Likewise in painting, I can do everything possible as well as any other, whosoever he may be.
  • Number 2 Above looks like when a Job Posting states: "Other duties as assigned". He was Great!
  • Indeed!, this was a very self-confident letter!, and he got the job! Da Vinci's efforts paid off. A decade later, it was Sforza who commissioned him to paint The Last Supper.

Us, as professionals shall try to emulate, benchmark that kind of best practice! 

Below, His Cover Letter (Some time in the 1480s, 32 years old):

My Most Illustrious Lord, 

Having now sufficiently seen and considered the achievements of all those who count themselves masters and artificers of instruments of war, and having noted that the invention and performance of the said instruments is in no way different from that in common usage, I shall endeavour, while intending no discredit to anyone else, to make myself understood to Your Excellency for the purpose of unfolding to you my secrets, and thereafter offering them at your complete disposal, and when the time is right bringing into effective operation all those things which are in part briefly listed below:

1. I have plans for very light, strong and easily portable bridges with which to pursue and, on some occasions, flee the enemy, and others, sturdy and indestructible either by fire or in battle, easy and convenient to lift and place in position. Also means of burning and destroying those of the enemy. 

2. I know how, in the course of the siege of a terrain, to remove water from the moats and how to make an infinite number of bridges, mantlets and scaling ladders and other instruments necessary to such an enterprise. 

3. Also, if one cannot, when besieging a terrain, proceed by bombardment either because of the height of the glacis or the strength of its situation and location, I have methods for destroying every fortress or other stranglehold unless it has been founded upon a rock or so forth. 

4. I have also types of cannon, most convenient and easily portable, with which to hurl small stones almost like a hail-storm; and the smoke from the cannon will instil a great fear in the enemy on account of the grave damage and confusion. 

5. Also, I have means of arriving at a designated spot through mines and secret winding passages constructed completely without noise, even if it should be necessary to pass underneath moats or any river.

6. Also, I will make covered vehicles, safe and unassailable, which will penetrate the enemy and their artillery, and there is no host of armed men so great that they would not break through it. And behind these the infantry will be able to follow, quite uninjured and unimpeded. 

7. Also, should the need arise, I will make cannon, mortar and light ordnance of very beautiful and functional design that are quite out of the ordinary. 

8. Where the use of cannon is impracticable, I will assemble catapults, mangonels, trebuckets and other instruments of wonderful efficiency not in general use. In short, as the variety of circumstances dictate, I will make an infinite number of items for attack and defence. 

9. And should a sea battle be occasioned, I have examples of many instruments which are highly suitable either in attack or defence, and craft which will resist the fire of all the heaviest cannon and powder and smoke. 

10. In time of peace I believe I can give as complete satisfaction as any other in the field of architecture, and the construction of both public and private buildings, and in conducting water from one place to another. 

Also I can execute sculpture in marble, bronze and clay. Likewise in painting, I can do everything possible as well as any other, whosoever he may be. 

Moreover, work could be undertaken on the bronze horse which will be to the immortal glory and eternal honour of the auspicious memory of His Lordship your father, and of the illustrious house of Sforza. 

And if any of the above-mentioned things seem impossible or impracticable to anyone, I am most readily disposed to demonstrate them in your park or in whatsoever place shall please Your Excellency, to whom I commend myself with all possible humility.


SourceLeonardo on Painting: An Anthology of Writings by Leonardo da Vinci with a Selection of Documents Relating to His Career; Image: Leonardo da Vinci, a self-portrait, via.

NOTE: Referenced on Linkedin

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