The “S” stands for “Standard”

The “S” stands for “Standard”

In a conversation with a past client, we were discussing the importance of standard operating procedures (SOPs) when managing data. I refer to this, generically, as documentation. Your processes need to be written down so that staff knows how to manage the data.

My client pointed out that one of their challenges is that staff isn't following the SOPs closely enough. I said "Well, it's called "standard" for a reason; everyone has to do it the same way." My client quickly replied, "The "S" does not stand for "suggested."" *

TRUTH!

So ask yourself, in your organization, are the SOPs standard, or are they suggested? If they aren't standard, you're going to have trouble.

*Props to Bill at HFTP for this great line!

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