I am often asked about training by the management systems staff that I regularly work with. The question is typically: “I now feel competent with the ISO standards that I am working with, so what training should I pursue next?” I almost universally answer with Project Management for these reasons:
- Management Systems staff have significant Project requirements since most of the management system activities are expected to be driven by them, but are completed by people that do not report to them, Including, but not limited to:
- Completing internal audits
- Preparing and conducting management reviews
- Measuring effectiveness and efficiency of processes through metrics and KPIs
- Completing continuous improvement projects
- Completing a host of required tasks related to the management system over the course of a year (e.g. environmental and safety reporting…)
So being a competent project manager can help to accomplish these responsibilities more efficiently and effectively, reduce stress, and help to hold the process owners accountable. It can make the difference between struggling and career success.
With this in Mind, Management Solutions Group, Inc. had created a training workshop focused on Management Systems staff. This course would be helpful for anyone with Quality, Environmental, Laboratory, IT, or safety management systems responsibility – including any who support these systems with technical tasks.