Process Audit Internally….Really?

So here we are, some of us upgraded to the new AS standard of our choice, some of us not. Some of us are feeling pretty smug, and some of us hearing the deafening tick of the clock as we approach July 1, 2012. Regardless, there are internal audits to be done, and rumors abound that they, too, must be done as process audits. So does that mean another training class to attend or just a step back and do a common sense approach? Consider this: AS9101D has two documents that can facilitate this for you if you can distinguish your sub-processes from one another. If you can’t, then dig out those turtle diagrams or SIPOCs and get to work. Otherwise, check out the PEAR form which sets out to reveal inputs, areas of the standard that apply to the process, and outputs by which you can measure effectiveness. Toughest part is determining a numerical or percentage metric for that score keeping. But once you have it determined, all you have to do to measure effectiveness is seek out the actual measurement and compare! You can use the OER to re-examine the process for its applicable adherence to the standard paragraphs. And finally, you can summarize your findings, both good and bad, on the Quality Matrix. Tah-Dah! Internal process auditing! And what is really neat is that you can perform it on as minor or major a process as you like. But most importantly, you should use these tools to audit your processes at a depth that your pesky auditor does not have time to do. So what are the chances that you, too, can be the first on your block with limited findings at your next surveillance audit?