Sunday, November 02, 2008

'Salik' way to drive process compliance !!

Entire universe is such a fascinating place to learn without any limits.
I firmly believe there can be lot of interesting learning's when you look into the happenings in a related /unrelated discipline.
Drawing up analogies and deducing things is a effective way to look upon a problem.
This is what I call as 'Conceptual Cross Fertilization (CCF)'.
One such thing that caught my eye was the 'Salik' road toll system implemented in Dubai.In many places like in India, the road toll is collected through manual tolls, where the vehicles need to pass through the toll gate ,pay the toll amount and proceed.
However in several advanced countries electronic tolls do the job.Leveraging the RFID technology , toll process is completely automated and well regulated .
This is where the power of technology works.And indeed works more effectively justifying the costs involved.
The Dubai 'Salik' Road tag system is depicted below :
'Salik' means 'clear' in arabic.
'Salik' utilizes the latest technology to achieve free flow operation with no toll booths, no toll collectors, and no impact to traffic flow, allowing vehicles to move freely through the tolling point at highway speeds. Each time you pass through a Salik tolling point, a preset toll fee will be deducted from your prepaid toll account using advanced Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology.
About Salik Tag

Salik tag represents the latest generation technology in tolling, operates with no battery or moving parts, and it should last the life of your windshield.
It works in all weather conditions and speeds, and provides highly accurate and reliable identification of your vehicle to the system.
Your Salik tag must be affixed to your windshield to operate properly and cannot be removed from your vehicle windshield without damaging the tag.
So, whats the CCF component from 'Salik' ?

Driving process compliance !

Many times in Software organizations,making the practitioners to adhere to all process elements is a process challenge.
Audit is one mechanism which acts as a toll gate where the QA staff check the projects compliance to process.
But most of the cases,there is a high level of manual intervention required to streamline this process.
I am sure there would be QA folks complaining that 'Project Managers do not clearly say when a release is going to happen '.I too need to do some planning'.
'There is pressure from customer for release and and that neck of moment the process issues I find are put on hold to be fixed after release.So whats the value add I bring in ?'.
Taking cue from ' Salik' , there can be different proactive ,inbuilt robust mechanisms to drive in process compliance the way the Salik meets its objective!
It could be thought out in the way processes are defined,how they are implemented, how they are regulated and if violated how they are introspected !
So 'Salik' way may not be just for traffic management but also for process management !!Time to do some 'Salik' thinking !!
Salik Details : http://www.salik.ae/english

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2 Comments:

At 7:30 AM, Blogger Ramya said...

Well thought out!!
I believe that Process Automation would be the key factor in driving process compliance with less QA interventions.

 
At 1:24 AM, Blogger gotu said...

its too much good program & it is necessary to implement all over the world

& I salute the person who were identify this idea about the salik

Thank u !
Vrudheshwar garje
vru.garje@gmail.com

 

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