During the planning phase of TEST methodology (Step 1), the company will have designed an information system for resource efficiency that will allow controlling the most significant inefficiencies related to resource productivity. This information system is essential for continuous improvement of the company’s performance against objectives and targets defined in the RECP policy.
The information system is constituted of several elements, such as: a set of resource efficiency indicators linked to important flows at the level of the whole company as well as to productivity bottlenecks at operational level that are set at the end of step 1.6; routine procedures for measuring, recording and analysing specific data in the production and accounting departments; installed measurement devices (both hardware and software); a well-defined monitoring plan with frequency and responsibilities for monitoring, which has been designed in step 1.8 and implemented in step 2.
In step 3, the already established information system is utilized to measure real performance and improvements resulting from the implementation of RECP options, and is compared with the initial baselines quantified during the planning step 1. Results of this analysis are then shared with the management team to allow them to carry out review internal processes as part of the company’s decision making processes.
Monitoring requires internal human resources who should be trained on how to operate the information system, in close cooperation between engineers and accountants.