Friday, 7 July 2017

Don’t Let Efficiencies Pass You By


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One of the primary laws of efficiency is do it once, do it right., have the information available to all who need it. Ask yourself, does this always happen in your organisation? If not, you are clearly doubling up effort, or creating waste during the delays created around hand-offs and hand-overs that inevitably happen.

The ultimate handover was in use between about 1920 and 1990, when many organisations had a concept called the ‘Typing Pool’. It was quaint, I will give you that. Also, because of the gender politics of those places, sexist. Here’s one below:



Staff (most likely men without an ‘assigned secretary’), would bring in handwritten notes, or a Dictaphone tape, for typing up, or from the early 1980’s consumption as ‘data entry’. Commonly this latter phenomena was known as ‘Key To Disk’. In my technician apprenticeship, I encountered this at GEC at Higher Openshaw Manchester. Actually, lord Arnold Weinstock’s fiefdom was the ‘General Electric Company’, although to many it was colloquially known as the ‘Go Easy Club’, sitting out another decade or so for a decent pension. But I digress…

I often encounter many processes where person A, takes notes on site, brings them into the office a day or more later, putting them in the tray of person B, who eventually does the original promised task, such as logging a workflow task, repair or initiating some other action.

Now just imagine if that was a note of rubbish to be cleared and it took three, maybe four days to action. That might cause the original resident who raised the image, to create a waste call into our service centre asking why your organisation is not on to it. There’s £6-10 of waste.

Now what if someone else had logged that request to clear the waste between those 3-4 days and it had been cleared already? Then in 4 days, we logged it again and on the Works Order, there was nothing to do. There we have  wasted probably another£30 on travel and time the operative or contractor, could have completed a more productive job.

By now the penny might have dropped, dear reader.

Empowering the original person in the chain to record the ‘transaction’ or ‘interaction’ as early as possible, is the way to grab those potential efficiencies by the nuts. Now that might mean giving those staff the right technology. In an ideal world, it might be a dedicated mobile forms solution. At worse it might be a full office solution (like access to a full Housing Management System), via Citrix or Thin Client on a 3G/4G connected laptop/tablet. Now the latter is clunky, needs an always on connection, there’s lots not convenient with it. However, the extra perseverance of that user, in logging that issue early, on that kit, may save 100-2,000% of that effort in follow-on costs.

Motivation needs to be provided, to that front line end user. Communication and training. Perhaps performance can be measured based on a number of the factors below:
•    Speed of logging issues directly into the system (i.e. logging WO’s, tasks etc)
•    Reduction in mileage claims
•    Increase in scheme/close visits
•    Increase in satisfaction levels in those schemes/closes
•    Decrease in complaints
•    Decrease in waste calls, coming into service centre etc.

There may be many more metrics you could dream up, in addition to these, I am sure.

To change cultures, it needs setting of targets, monitoring of performance, then use of carrots or sticks. Could these metrics be linked to bonus or annual salary increases? If not could they be linked to an organisational culture change, based on a well-coordinated communication plan?     

Is it time you stopped your internal efficiencies, passing you by chum?

Getting data correct is more a cultural than an ICT challenge. If you think I can help you with that challenge, please be in touch. http://acutanceconsulting.co.uk/acutanceconsultancy.htm  

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Saturday, 1 July 2017

My Mistakes Were Made For You

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Do you make mistakes?

It’s a bit of a trick question in a way, as being human, we are fallible and mistakes are actually something we all do. How we manage or learn from them is really the key. Best selling authors have made fortunes writing and creating methodologies around that whole concept

Putting our mistakes aside for a moment, focus now on ones that create problems in organisational data. So often detail data brings down a lot of KPI’s and returns. Slow or missing repair order updates can distort performance. Poor void processes can exaggerate the cost of empty properties and boost average void days. A key SocialHousing KPI yardstick. I am sure you and fellow colleagues may know of many more local ‘hobby-horses’.

I was involved in a session with a group looking at better KPI’s and summary reporting quite recently. Not surprisingly some of those very problems came up.

If you were in a ‘Reporting’ or ‘Performance & Quality’ team, the first reaction I am sure, is to ‘fix the data’. I mean, who would want to report an average void turnaround of 14.5 days, when you knew sensibly that it was nearer ten days? That is what in many places, actually happens.

Bad data is filtered out, often users are chased to sort the data, so another cut can be taken. Your KPI team get there in the end. In many situations, the KPI team ‘fix’ the data, so the results look more like reality, or at least somewhat better.

In my world, I am unsure that is really the best strategy.

Like a teenager, who has his room tidied by their mother, rather than taking pride in it themselves, the problem gets moved upward. If your data is massaged by your KPI team, those users will never understand the value of getting data right, in a timely manner. The only way our staff will understand the value of data and getting it accurate, as much as possible, is that their own problems/errors are passed back to them to correct every time. Of course, after they have been educated in why getting it right is so crucial. 

A good example I saw a few months ago is poor data recorded when signing up and starting tenancies. Taking the default DOB (‘date of birth’ to you none hipsters..), as todays date in many (un-helpful) systems, to apply to the tenant (or joint tenant), causes all kinds of issues. Also setting the wrong member of the household, as the key contact. I have seen DLO staff, looking for primary school children to sign jobs off, on the doorstep. Wrong on too many levels to list here.

Can you guess how the above problem was solved?

Well, rather than the performance team defaulting ages to 18 if under, consider for a moment that legally, none of our tenants should be under 18, the fixes were pushed to the staff that got them wrong. If they had some to address, they got them daily by email, and it was explained to them why they received this stuff. The inference was that if you get it right first time, you will not be clearing it up later.

The truth to be communicated is that we are paid to be responsible, accurate and record stuff that all our colleagues will find useful and in many cases essential. That’s what we are all paid for, people. If that all goes into coherent systems, then maybe the KPI folk can just take a data cut on the 5th of the month, every month and that will reflect where our organisation is actually at.

Getting data correct is more a cultural than an ICT challenge. If you think I can help you with that challenge, please be in touch. http://acutanceconsulting.co.uk/acutanceconsultancy.htm  


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Sunday, 25 June 2017

Chatterbox

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As already explored previously in this blog  , I experience different reactions to webchat. Some organisations love it, others shun it, as it’s not really channel shift.

Sometimes the webchat experience is very good and the customer (or prospect) receives their advice in a timely way. On other occasions, it can be a bit like the disjointed one below.


You can see how webchat using customer services operators, can fall well short.

That’s why webchat is becoming superseded by the chatbot.

At this point, I would ask if you are in customer services, it’s worth taking a comfy seat, for reading the remainder of the blog.

Chatbots are becoming widespread in the states. In fact a colleague was telling me that when hiring a car, (or rather an automobile) recently, a break-down was dealt with fully just by chatbots. It worked well for him too.

Chatbots are coming here. In their simplest form, they are computer programmes that can talk for your organisation, in a limited context. They use artificial intelligence (AI) and are generally designed to be self-learning.

Context is important, as it accurately targets the useful zone of engagement. Readers familiar with Red Dwarf and the Talky Toaster, will understand what I mean. Imagine such a machine, just able to talk about toasting crumpets, bagels, waffles and rolls, and that being the machines’ only programmed purpose in life.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRq_SAuQDec
A useful chatbot, will chat about services, products and customer’s needs. The first one to emerge in the UK, for active use is at Enfield Council. It’s called Amelia. Cunningly named down the early end of the alphabet, like Amazons Alexa, it is designed to have many thousands of conversations, simultaneously.

Here she is, made digital pixelised flesh.



It will be used to help residents find information online and fill in forms, guiding users through a chat feature on their computer screen. For the moment, any questions Amelia cannot answer will be referred to a human colleague.

Amelia will be able to learn however.

It is said to be 60 percent cheaper than using a human worker, although the council has not divulged how much has been paid for the software. Enfield council are facing budget cuts of £56m over the next four years and has made nearly 350 redundancies in the past year.

This might be the development that has one of the widest effects on so many customer service teams and departments, in the coming years. With webchat we were playing with the future, chatbots will be most likely be AI replacing customer service bums on seats.

It will be interesting how this all unfolds, as costs plummet. Read more on Amelia at Enfield here.

Related Post: Is our ICT training broken? 


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Friday, 23 June 2017

London Thunder

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Manchester and London are two of my very favourite cities and a particular couple that will not be beaten by terrorists, racists, malpractice, or austerity. These have been an unbelievable few weeks in terms of sad events and needless death, injury and damage.
You like me I am sure was truly horrified to see the Grenfell tower fire unfold, with such terrible loss of life, 79 people and displacement of residents. An incident that every landlord dreads and everyone I work with take very seriously in terms of fire risk assessments (FRA’s) and general communal block safety.

Of course, accurate up to date FRA’s do not guarantee complete and absolute safety, but these are structured to detect issues and failures, which can lead to increased risk of incidents such as this tragic one. Clearly too, as highlighted at Grenfell, quality and specification of materials is also crucial. Since last week, every single one of my clients I am working with, are giving FRA’s in their stock, additional attention and board members with management are very focused on this area. The eye is on the ball, so to speak.

Use of qualified experts is key and also additional emphasis during and after completion of major cladding and insulation works. While residents are generally involved in consultations, the recent tragedy puts additional emphasis on this aspect. Fast action to remedy issues found is key.

From a systems point of view, how do you manage and store your Social Housing Fire Risk Assessments? As an RSL, can you evidence how you keep your residents in tower blocks as safe as possible?

FRA’s in my system mind, are filed in a similar place to that other hot potato of socialhousing, and that is Gas Servicing (LGSR). I am still amazed so many organisations, even big ones, of over 5,000 homes, still often still resort to Excel or manual means. While this can be effective with conscientious staff and meticulous record keeping, it’s far from fool proof.  Rows & cells can easily be moved, hidden, deleted or corrupted.

Many landlords will no doubt now find that the previous focus on efficient gas servicing and in particular, integrating these regular and essential checks with integrated system, will now be the next drive coming from the regulator. It’s obvious too that it all makes sense. Integrated systems can ensure that all blocks and communal areas can be evidenced as having recent and adequate checks, safe materials, with exceptions and anomalies easily reported, flagged up and tasked to appropriate staff.

Integrated reporting can be managed so much easier, as can cross-referencing assessment data, images etc with other means of categorisation. I.E. Need category, composition of residents, leaseholders, shared owners etc. The latter is useful where improvement works are found necessary and in-depth consultations will need additional organisation.

Within most Integrated Housing Management Systems, attributes or components can be easily configured to record relevant information, dates, inspection name, findings, areas to examine and photo records evidencing survey. Where the attribute/component can be placed in a planned or cyclical cycle, a regular plan can schedule weekly, monthly or annual levels of survey easily.

If you have flexible mobile forms, that can collect the info, it should be an easy job to configure simple forms and interface seamlessly to attributes.

Use of a standalone database or application is not ideal, but can be better than a badly (cell protected) spreadsheet.

Social landlords can do all they can to ensure their blocks and communal areas are safe. It is also down to honest contractors, to use the safe and legal materials specified and take all reasonable safety precautions. As we have seen, hundreds of innocent people’s lives depend on everyone doing the right thing and not cutting any unnecessary corners. No doubt, the planned inquiry/inquest will hopefully reach conclusions on exactly what happened here. There will no doubt be many lessons for everyone to learn here.     

The Grenfell fire JustGiving page is here - https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/categories/emergencies/grenfell-tower-fire

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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Venus Of The Soup Kitchen

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It’s great to work within the housing sector and it’s certainly a diverse one. Better for it too.

This time of year all my friends and colleagues of a certain faith, are embarking on a month of fasting (Sawm). It’s fourth of the five important pillars of Islam, with beginning and end of Ramadan determined by the lunar Islamic calendar. So it moves slightly each year, making fasting in daylight hours, especially challenging in the summer months.

Those meals at sunset, particularly when photos are posted on social media, can look pretty good, particularly when posted from Momma Chowdry’s kitchen. Asif, I know what you are up to 8-)

Charity is another of the five pillars and is even more important during Ramadan. Fasting does focus the mind and particularly on the many in our own prosperous society, having to use foodbanks like never before. The Trussell Trust is the largest food bank network in the UK, and it handed out around 41,000 food packs in 2009/10 compared to 1.2 million in 2016/17.

Most social housing providers I work with, have a cardboard box in their kitchen to collect packets and tins for local foodbanks. Most towns sadly have and need one.

It was three years ago when a friend of mine in housing, Nasrin Fazal, connected a few of the thoughts above, and with a few other Twitter followers, #UKhousingFast was born. Read the story here.

Well, everyone can get involved this year on Wednesday June 14th , cut back on the scram and use the savings for a donation on the UK Housing Fast 2017 Just Giving Page - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/UKHousingFast-2017


My pledge plate

If you are unable to fast, but can donate for such a good cause, helping people around the UK get a square meal, drop by the page and let’s be having your dosh. You will be doing a fine thing!

On the 14th June I will be spending the day with these good eggs, already signed up. Why not pose with a plate yourself and join us?




Catch up with the official UK Housing fast blog here.

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Friday, 2 June 2017

Promises

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I am sure you like me have heard plenty of promises in your time.

After all, you like me have probably been around the block a few times. How often have you heard software suppliers promise to provide comprehensive reporting, save x, create efficiencies to the square of y and crucially, not continue to leave the toilet seat up? Well, its déjà vu right there.

It’s right to be cynical and I am used to the fight it often takes to get suppliers to implement, attend project and account management meetings, even during the initial project. Promises broken quite early on. How many of your suppliers come back on a regular basis and ask you how your organisation is doing, with whatever silver bullet you purchased, back in the heady pre-Brexit days? Not so many in my experience. Even rarer, have you ever had a supplier come back with the tape measure, hydrometer, theodolite etc. to check where you are on the outcomes journey?

Now I have seen a few case studies and they talk a lot in generalisations on the whole, when you really examine the language. With all the statutory returns we have in SocialHousing, you would think we would be awash with data, particularly as most software providers are helping us manage all that information. You know the areas, voids, arrears, income, repairs spend, achieving target completions and SLA’s etc.

Imagine my surprise a few weeks ago when I stumbled across an account manager (actually calling themselves a ‘Client Success Consultant’), chucking performance data at an organisation, like a scattergun and managing to keep the seat down, in the sole lavatory on that floor too (I believe). It’s said that the more you see, the less surprises you have and I was keen to ask the salient logical questions. I.E. Is that a one-off, how long have you been using this stuff, what were the deliverables and are you achieving them?

I found the answers most surprising, remarkably positive and quite refreshing, compared with what I am used to seeing a lot of, from many suppliers in the sector. Two levels of account management actually operate, the Success Consultants at a more operational level and an upper set of ‘Account Directors’. How many software suppliers do you have, with two layers of effective account management?

Apparently the software solution was sold with clear outcome aims, around rent arrears management and had been in use for over a couple of years. Regular account management consisted of caseload trend management, collating new ideas, sharing what was being delivered, what was on the roadmap and when it might be delivered. Emphasis was on data, evidencing improvement and achieving successful outcomes, for the landlord. It’s great to see decent account management, as its often where follow-on service breaks down. (Perhaps one for a whole future blog, that subject).

I’ve worked with a few landlords and RP’s, that have generally reflected positively on Mobysoft Rentsense in the past. Good out of the box, flexible arrears solutions, covering what many bigger HMS systems often seem to struggle to crack. Taking an evidence based approach to account management however, is something special in the sector, particularly in a discipline under so much pressure from Universal Credit, LHA Caps and bedroom Tax. Few software or service providers actually regularly measure those outcomes with clients, effectively keeping their promises.

In a world where Software As A Service (SAAS) is becoming more of an operating model for application users, suppliers will be under more pressure to satisfy, than ever before.  About time SocialHousing organisations had the upper hand and saw the benefits promised, rolling in every quarter, on time, every time.

More on Rentsense at http://www.mobysoft.com/  and some chewy for the eyes at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jo1cUfm_2Mo&feature=youtu.be 

If you are at Manchester Central, for the annual big CIH housing event mid-June, look out for me. Mobysoft I believe also can be found on stand G20 and have two free seminars on UC (Universal Credit) and how to survive the 1% rent cut. Book early as they say, at http://www.mobysoft.com/events/cih-housing-2017-conference-exhibition

Related Post: Can better use of IT/Telephony make it easier to Call2Collect? 


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Friday, 26 May 2017

Paradise By KPI Dashboard Light

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No doubt many readers of this blog will agree with me, when I say most application software is pretty poor, when it comes to reporting. This is very much the case with Housing Management systems, where as a norm, few standard reports are provided out of the box and if they are, they are generally dull and simplistic.

At a special user group session just the other week in Solihull, I chewed the fat with some of the developers of one HMS’s reporting solution and also a lot of the wide variety of attendees, who are tasked with getting reports out from their systems, or facilitating it. Overall it was a positive experience.

So firstly, why is standard reporting so poor from our suppliers?

The stock answer from your supplier (or prospect if you are out in the market for a new system), is that ‘Our solutions are too flexible’. What!, I hear you scream.

Well, they do have a point I have got to concede. We do take systems and then set them up in a non-standard way, because we believe ourselves to be, well, ‘special’. So we don’t put data in the right places it was intended to go into, we might use ‘Scheme’ as ‘Needs Category’ or ‘Area’ as ‘Archetype’, rendering most of the standard reports supplied, less useful. Maybe at implementation, the implementers should be informing us of this upfront and doing more to influence those early decisions. Use of a best practice implementation can be of great benefit, where integrated modules can be configured as originally intended.

While the above is a defence, there is rarely enough standard reports, and they are rarely designed to allow quick addition of new data related to key entities, or are silo-ed in a single module. I.E. a Repairs WO report might have difficulty easily showing the household size or age of the oldest occupant.

So, customers need to resign themselves to re-inventing much of the wheel and writing their own reports. This can be frustrating, character-building or an enlightening process, depending on how its tackled.

If you are an end user (or if you aren’t, pop yourself in their loafers or kitten heels for a mo), what do you see in the reports & KPIs that are provided. Is it a limited list of essential colour coded KPI’s (RAG), with simple drilldowns to locate problems? Most users are unfortunately wading through rows of data, rather than seeing clear information.

The example below from Solihull, a lot the work of Nick Halfpenny, who has put some awesome ideas into practice, shows how clean KPI’s could be.



When data is processed into information we see real benefits from our data. Just giving us data (probably in rows), leaves us lost in the forest, not managing to see wood for the trees.    

Related Post: Flowcharts, does anyone manage to do this properly?? 


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