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									How to get iso 9001


How quickly can I get ISO?

My Answer:

There are many factors that affect the answer to this question. But generally the answer is
"very quickly".

Although philosophically ISO is about discipline, control, organization and improvement,
this is achieved in part through the documentation of processes. Thus larger and more
complex organizations (more and more involved processes) will require more time to
complete an ISO project. Smaller and simpler organizations are relatively easier and can
be completed more quickly.

Another important factor is the experience and expertise of the people implementing the
ISO program. If the project is being undertaken completely in-house with limited
experience then the project is likely to be slower. In-house people usually have other
important tasks to do and not unsurprisingly ISO is a somewhat involved project. It is not
uncommon for in-house projects to take years to complete (just this week I spoke with
two different organizations where the person I was talking with had taken over the ISO
project about a year ago from somebody who had been working on ISO for 10-15 years).

The expertise factor has a substantial impact on an ISO project. Not only does it affect
timescales but it impacts other important factors such as how conforming the project is
and how easy the ISO system is to maintain.

Oftentimes a full consulting project can be completed in about 3 months for a company
of up to about 50 people without too much strain. Obviously the quicker a project is
completed, the more compressed the effort. Much quicker is possible. We have
completed a project for an organization of about 200 people in 30 days. It required 4 of us
to devote ourselves fairly constantly during that time - but it is possible.

So most projects could take between 3-6 months and very rarely do we allow projects to
take 6-9 months. Where they do drag on there is a concern that the project will lose

In house projects will typically take 3-4 times longer than what we would achieve.

Projects can be completed too quickly. It is ideal to allow enough time for reflection on
the way processes work in the organization. Frequently we find that organizations have
complex processes or that the best way to interpret a requirement requires a little thought.
Where processes are defined immediately within an extremely short timescale you don't
get this luxury.

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