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ISO 9000 & AUDITS WORLD CONFERENCE ABSTRACT 

Beyond the Checklist: Driving Quality Through the Digital Audit

Presenter:

David McTaggart, President & Chief Executive Officer, ARMATURE, Dulles, VA, USA

Keywords:

Audits, Innovation, Technology

Industry:

Manufacturing

Level:

Basic

Audits are hard, and often far less effective than we care to admit. Why is this true, especially today, when we have so many digital and technological advantages at our disposal?

Thanks to advances in data science, we are now able to identify patterns, trends, issues, and opportunities in our audits. When done well, today’s audits have the potential to make organizations exceptional, helping them to move from a defensive and reactionary stance to a proactive position of strength in the marketplace. And the timing couldn’t be better, as customer expectations are much higher today than ever before.

Many of us still use binary checklists, which forces us to reduce our complex compliance findings to the boundaries of a tiny box or bubble on a sheet. We might have room to attach a small note or even a photo for context, but the checklist model limits our ability to drill down further in order to truly understand the why behind each nonconformance. What we need is a way to capture and act on not only the black and white, but all of the shades of grey that comprise our audits. We can then feed those dynamic findings into a system that can help us get to the root of our quality and compliance issues and launch remediation processes to address them. Tabular calculations, standards references, iterative discussions, detailed issues and risks, and contextual data; these elements move us beyond the checklist and into a richer and more meaningful audit and quality terrain.

As a technology company that supports accreditors, standards developing organizations, conformity assessment bodies, auditors, and quality managers, ARMATURE knows firsthand how modern-day audits, whether conducted on-site or remotely, can add value to your organization—as long as you know how to move beyond the checklist mentality and set up your audits to collect the data you really need.

In this thought-provoking talk, ARMATURE CEO David McTaggart will share audit and quality insights from his two decades in the field, focusing on what happens when you eschew the binary audit mentality and embrace a pro-audit culture that favors continuous improvement and opportunities for growth over routine checklist audits that may miss the mark entirely. When you combine this quality-first mindset with the right technology and analytics, you can move the needle for your organization and fuel both quality and growth.

As a top software architect, technologist, and CEO, Dave understands the impact that technology can have on business better than most. He knows that how you approach the construction and administration of audits can make all the difference, and he will share stories from the standards and accreditation world that make the case for sophisticated audit management software that can support ratings, tabular calculations, narrative responses, videos, photos, and real-time digital findings.

ARMATURE approaches quality from a different perspective—from the standards side—and our fruitful partnership with leading standards developing organizations, accreditors and conformity assessment bodies has inspired a suite of web-based tools that helps organizations move beyond the checklist mentality and learn to use audits to drive quality and open up competitive advantage.




Conference/Exhibit Registration will open on October 4, 2019

Call for Proposals

Proposal Submission Deadline:
October 11, 2019

Acceptance notification date:
November 11, 2019

Early Registration Deadline:
February 11, 2020

Please make sure to review and prepare the material needed before you start the on-line Proposal Submission Form. Click here to see Proposal Submission Guidelines.

Who May Submit: This online form may be used by a principal speaker, co-speaker, contact person, or a committee member submitting on behalf of a speaker.

Multiple Proposals: You may submit multiple proposals.

Conference Registration Fee:
The conference registration fee is waived for the principal speaker of accepted proposals. Speakers are responsible for their travel expenses and arrangements. Co-speakers will receive a 30% discount for the conference that they are presenting at.

Length of Presentations: Technical sessions are typically 35 minutes. There will be a limited number of "double" sessions, 70 minutes, at the end of each day.


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