When we start a new job or a different aspect of our work as usual, one of the first steps we take is to seek information. We search for articles, talk to people doing the same job or look for a book of reference, which then combine with our view and experience.
What happens when we start to implement a management system?
When we take our first steps getting into the standards, what information we use? Of course, the standard we are working on. Clearly it is the first thing to check, which will frame our work.
What else do we need?
I found several positions on what is needed when you start a management system.
On one side are those who might be called "purists", who argue that the standard is enough to implement a system of management, with or without experience in the field.
At the other extreme, we find "bookworms" (as Hermione, Harry Potter's friend) who believe that they will always find a book that is all they need and follow its instructions to the letter.
In between, we find the "middle", those who believe it is useful to get some information before you start and then make decisions using their criteria and experience.
Personally, I'm a "middle". I think when you start a management system it is good to seek information: read some books, related articles, and the standard of course!
Make a few introductory courses in the subject, and particularly the internal auditor course for ISO standards, which in my opinion is the kickoff and fundamental to understand what it is a management system about.
Finally apply one's knowledge of the processes in the system, and plan based on this work and experience.
What category are you?