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ISO 9001: Design And Development (Part 2)

Getting your planning right ...

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In this series of blog posts, I will be taking a look at the main sections of ISO 9001, what they are, why they are essential and a few tips on how to implement the standard ...

With ISO 9001, design and development needs good planning to do right!

With ISO 9001, design and development needs good planning to do right!

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This 101 is looking further into Section 8.3.2 Design and Development Planning. Why is this important to my business? Well, design and development needs to be planned to ensure all activities and tasks that are necessary are implemented.

When you plan anything, this has an impact on money, people and other resources. If you need to plan a new product, and this requires investment, you will need to take that into account, and no doubt add to your risk register for the company in the case that you cannot get the investment required.

How do I manage this? This will vary depending on your business. The following may need to be taken into consideration:

  • How complex is your new product or service?

  • What stages are needed in your design and development process?

  • What verification and validation activities will you need to carry out?

  • Who is going to do what?

  • What internal and external resources do you need?

  • How will this all be communicated?

  • What does the customer or other interested parties expect to be involved in the process?

  • What documentation will you produce and maintain?

There are a variety of ways you can implement this.

Personally, I use Teamworks to help me plan any project, including design and development ones. You are able to create templated to-do lists that enable you to replicate processes really easily. This can be viewed in a list format, Kanban style boards or a Gantt chart. All documentation is version controlled and the system sends you reminders of what to do and when keeping the whole team and project moving forwards together.

Many of the companies I have worked with have found it useful to have an independent person to work with them to help understand the requirements and how to implement them.

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If you'd like to find out more about ISO 9001 then do give me a call on 01858 414226 or click here to ping me an email and let's see how I can help you.

Until next time ...


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I'm Ellen, Director of All About Quality and All About Productivity. I have over 20 years experience as professional in the quality world and 17 years as a practising Buddhist. As a result of this, I have a passion for improvement. in both business and personal life.


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