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Compliance Programs and Systems

Updated: Jul 25

If your systems are not governed by programs you may be progressing but perhaps not in the direction you need to go.

Programs are the feed-forward processes of operational compliance an example of double-loop learning.

A thermostat (system loop) may help keep your room at a specified temperature. However, it will never tell you if the room is warm enough (program loop). The system loop regulates towards a specific target. The program loop adjusts the target to regulate towards better outcomes.

This is one of the reasons why organizations need programs to regulate systems. Without programs the underlying systems will optimize towards the set target by removing variation in its inputs, wip, and outputs. They will never on their own adapt to higher standards.


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"For Compliance to be Effective,

It First Must be Operational."

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