Project Team FAQs & Benefits

1.    What is a Process?

  • A series of activities and tasks that deliver value across supplier departments, operations departments, and distribution departments until the output is received by the ‘user’. The output must satisfy the condition: Fitness for Use.

2.    What is improvement?

  • A structured Problem Solving methodology that uses logical left brain quality-improvement tools. Change is incremental and continuous. Over time, the change can be substantial. Process outputs are characterized by: Better, Cheaper, Faster.
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3.   Examples of improvement methodologies

  • Problem Solving
  • Juran on Quality Improvement (JQI)
  • Six Sigma
  • Lean Six Sigma
  • Theory of Constraints
  • Toyota Production System
  • Total Productive Maintenance

4.    What is innovation?

  • A structured Problem Solving methodology that engages logical left brain quality-improvement tools with creativity tools. Change is disruptive and significant. Shows a new way of working. Process outputs are characterized by: Better, Cheaper, Faster, Different.
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  • USD 700 per project
  • Early Bird and Past Participant discounts offered

5.   Examples of innovation methodologies

  • TRIZ for Creative Problem Solving
  • Creativity Tools – Bob King
  • Six Thinking Hats – Edward de Bono

6.   What is Quality Fables Competition?

  • This is the story behind your project - capture the project experience into a story
  • Entries will be assessed internally
  • A whiteboard film of the winner will be shared at the event

7.   Who can participate?

  • Middle Management project teams that have solved problems

8.   Why participate?

  • Share your improvement / innovation / green breakthroughs with other participants
  • Learn how others have employed the criteria. Even a single idea can help your organization save millions!
  • Benchmark your project against assessment criteria and other project entries
  • Recognize employees for their continuous improvement / disruptive innovation / green breakthrough efforts.

9.   What are the benefits of participating?

  • Internal recognition of your middle management through projects shortlisted for the QualTech® Prize
  • External recognition of project teams that make it to the Final Round
  • Possible external recognition of your project teams, as winners / runners-up of the QualTech® Prize competition
  • Top projects invited to participate in the Global Benchmarking Network (GBN) Convention
  • Top projects invited to participate in the International Best Practices Competition (IBPC)
  • One-page Feedback report to each project team from Facilitators Senior Examiners after the preliminary round
  • Benchmarking of Best Practices at QualTech® Prize 

10.   Do we need to share proprietary / confidential information in the project report?

  • Teams are not required to provide proprietary or confidential information in the project report. If however, some proprietary / confidential data in necessary for Examiner assessments, the ‘Additional Information’ section may be used. This information is shared with Examiners who have been assigned your projects and judges, if the project is shortlisted for the Final Round.

11.   Are there any elimination rounds?

  • Yes. Examiners will assess all projects and shortlist the best for final presentation. Should there be an overwhelming number of entries, we will conduct an elimination round online using Zoom Meetings.

12.   What do we need to submit for the preliminary round?

  • Completed online registration form, entry fee, organization profile, organization logo, project report, team members details.

13.   We completed a project last year; can we submit it this year?

  • If your projects are still seeing benefits at the time of submission or have been completed within the last 2 years and include measurable results, you can submit your projects.

14.   We submitted a project last year. Can we resubmit the project again this year?

  • Projects submitted for previous editions of QualTech Prize are not eligible for resubmission.

15.   What is the criteria against which by project will be assessed?

  • For improvement projects, each of the points below will be scored on a scale of 1-5
    - Introduction (5 points)
    - Problem Definition (10 points)
    - Problem Diagnosis (25 points)
    - Problem Remedy (25 points)
    - Locking the Improvement/Innovation (10 points)
    - Cloning the Improvement/Innovation (10 points)
    - Tangible Results (10 points)
    - Intangible Results (5 points)
  • For innovation projects, each of the points below will be scored on a scale of 1-5
    - Introduction (5 points)
    - Problem Definition (10 points)
    - Problem Redefinition (5 points)
    - Generate/Harvest Ideas (10 points)
    - Transfer Knowledge (10 points)
    - Identify Combinations/Evaluate Alternate Solutions (10 points)
    - Develop a Specific Innovative Solution (25 points)
    - Lock the Innovation (10 points)
    - Tangible Results (10 points)
    - Intangible Results (5 points)
  • For green breakthrough projects, each of the points below will be scored on a scale of 1-5
    - What was the Green area of concern? How was it identified? (10 points)
    - How was the Green areas of concern prioritized? Was there a role of upper management? (10 points)
    - How was the impact of the Green area of concern assessed? (10 points)
    - How was the Green area of concern resolved or reduced? (50 points)
    - What are the Green benefits for the organization and society? (20 points)

16.   How to participate?

  • The first step is to take prior management approval
  • The next step is to complete the online registration form
  • Payment is required before we can give access to the dashboard.

19.   By when can we sign-up?

  • 15-Jul-2019 (extended)

20.   By when are the submissions due?

  • 25-Jul-2019

21.   What is your substitution policy?

  • You may substitute projects at any time before 30-Jun-2019.
  • An email with the change in project title is required.

22.   What is your cancellation policy?

  • Before 30-Jun-2019 - 50% of the participation fee.
  • After 30-Jun-2019 - 100% of the participation fee.

23.   What is the entry fee?

  • INR 30,000 + applicable taxes, per project
    This fee includes one project entry to the competition and one complimentary registration for the presenter, both days.

24.   Does the fee include travel and accommodation?

  • No

25.   By when should we pay?

  • 31-Jul-2019

26.   How do we make payment?

  • RTGS/NEFT – Please email qualtech@qimpro.com for details
  • Shopping Cart – Credit/Debit Card, Bank Transfer, e-Wallets
  • Cheque / Draft – In favour of ‘Qimpro Consultants Pvt. Ltd.’
  • No payments in cash will be accepted.

27.   What are the felicitation categories?

  • The Panel of Judges will select:
    -   QualTech® Prize Winners for Improvement
    -   QualTech® Prize Winners for Innovation
    -   QualTech® Prize Winners for Green Breakthroughs
    -   QualTech® Prize Runners-up for Improvement
    -   QualTech® Prize Runners-up for Innovation
    -   Quality Fables Competition Winner
    -   Best Presentation
    -   Each Non-finalist team will receive a QualTech® Prize Certificate of Participation. Team Members will receive e-Certificates
    -   Each Finalist team will receive a QualTech® Prize Certificate of Achievement. Team Members will receive e-Certificates
    -   Each Runner-up team will receive a QualTech® Prize Certificate of Merit. Team Members will receive e-Certificates
    -   Each Winning team will receive a QualTech® Prize Certificate of Excellence. Team Members will receive e-Certificates

28.   Do you provide presentation guidelines / templates?

  • Yes. It will be shared with registered participants.

29.   How do I register projects?