Monthly Archives: May 2017

Keeping It Simple is Never Stupid

One Issue makes life simpler

Keep it Simple, Stupid – or the ‘KISS’ principle – has been recognised since the 1960’s (originally by the US Navy) as a very effective way of making systems work better – particularly when humans are involved.  Keeping each step as simple as possible can allow a process to be faster, more repeatable and accurate by inducing less human error and avoiding complexity which can create confusion and doubt – both to be avoiding when the operator is under stress.

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Monitor – Step 6 to Getting on Top of Your Issues

Step 6 – Monitor

This post concentrates on how to implement monitoring and reporting in your response to issues and their management – covering the requirements for what may be important, looking for re-occurrence of old issues, reporting internally and externally – without undue effort, undertaking analysis with a focus on continuous improvement and porting your reports to other systems.

This is the sixth and final post of the series that outlines in more detail our guide to getting on top of your issues, born out of our experience, frustration and success in managing issues in complex environments.

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Feedback – Step 5 to Getting on Top of Your Issues

Step 5 – Feedback

This post concentrates on how to implement learning and feedback in your response to issues and their management – covering the requirements for feedback, learning from mistakes, utilising history, avoiding haste, implementing continuous improvement and working smart.

This is the fifth of six posts that outline in more detail our guide to getting on top of your issues, born out of our experience, frustration and success in managing issues in complex environments.

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Highly Commended! Team Defence Information Excellence Award 2017

At the end of April One Issue was awarded ‘Highly Commended’ status by the judges for the Team Defence Information Excellence Award 2017 at the Defence Information ’17 Symposium – held at the UK Defence Academy Shrivenham (Cranfield University).

The Team Defence information Excellence Award 2017 is keenly supported by the MOD who, along with Industry, recognise the value of learning from innovative joint endeavours involving companies of all sizes – from Defence primes to the smallest micro-businesses.

One Issue was particularly praised for its overall simplicity, obvious value in eliminating wasted effort and clear user feedback. We would like to thank the judges – Lt Col Rev Bolam (Directorate of Logistics Information), Mr Rick Bounsall (Niteworks) and Mr Ross Harris (Senior Lecturer, Cranfield University) for their interest and insights. We look forward to further demonstrating these benefits to defence users in the near future.

Contact us to discover how we can make your life simpler.

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