6.6 Continuous Improvement Culture
Once the actions in the improvement plan have been implemented and the results evaluated, a new starting state and a new round of enhancements should be commenced. On the other hand, if the improvement plan has not been implemented or has not been effective, it is necessary to determine why not, before engaging in the next cycle. By going through the improvement planning cycle, a continuous improvement culture begins to develop which is an important contributor to:
- improving and maintaining asset management maturity levels
- growing the commitment to asset management throughout the organisation
- meeting the requirements of ISO 55001:2014 asset management standard
- meeting the requirements of the agency’s other management systems generally.
The asset management leadership team plays an important role in developing a continuous improvement culture within the agency. There are a few ways to achieve this, including:
- Prepare presentations and documents to describe, in simple terms, what asset management is. The materials should be specific to each asset portfolio and demonstrate the organisation’s commitment to achieving the goals.
- On an ongoing basis, communicate the vision, direction and strategy for implementing asset management within the agency. This can be accomplished in written or oral form, in regular briefings and internal communications.
- Leadership team members should personally explain to staff and key stakeholders the benefits they, the organisation and individuals can expect to gain from improving asset management practices.