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Well, that was quick. Just yesterday I teased the release of the Second Edition of Surviving ISO 9001:2015, What Went So Wrong with the World’s Foremost Quality Management Standard and How to Implement It Anyway, and now it’s already available on Amazon.
This new edition was largely done just to get it in shape for paperback release, so those of you waiting for a hardcopy can rejoice. The Second Edition does add some new material, but buyers of the First Edition shouldn’t feel obligated to buy the new one; I’m not Jack West, for heaven’s sake, releasing new editions every five minutes to triple my sales.
As usual, the book comes with an Adult Language Warning, as some f-bombs are dropped. The hardcopy edition came in at 400 pages, with a cover price of $74.99. Amazon requires pricing at the “99 cent” level for some reason.
Personally I believe that the 2015 version of ISO9001 is going to be rejected outright by not only industry but also by CB’s. It MUST be changed! I have been auditing ISO standards for too many years. I watched it go from the extremely prescriptive 20 clause (element) format to the much more user friendly 10 clause versions. Each of which required formal doucumented procedures. The 2015 version requires no documented procedures -none at all. This makes auditing the standard extremely difficult. The addition of ‘Risks and Opportunities’ along with ‘Organizational Context’ is ludicrous. How the f..k can we audit stuff like this when there is no base-line requirement. If a client tells the CB “I have no risks” what do we say? ,How do we assess it,? issue a NC.? I don’t think so because the client said he checked and his team agrees that there are no risks.
ISO9001:2015 is a step back into the 1960’a. It isn’t an improvement over previous releases. It is a step-backwards.