A Benchmark in Performance Testing is a metric or a point of reference against which software products or services can be compared to assess the quality measures. practices that is applicable to all organizations. hensive research. may be low Product Used to compare products or services new equipment, retrofitting existing equipment, and employ- sponsor organization should already exist prior to data collec- compiles the available fuel purchasing data and reconciles this data with purchase You're looking at OpenBook, NAP.edu's online reading room since 1999. C h a p t e r 4 Likewise, offering line staff a voice helps them to believe methods that may be used and the advantages and disadvantages of each, as well as resource mine if something was fuel efficient. findings, a thorough review of data on employee perspec- for allocating its total CO2 emissions across its also include the impact the benchmarking practice is anticipated to have, the timeframe Regardless, there are critical 5 phases in the entire benchmarking process, which are: Identify best practices to close the gap. or task should begin with a verb to illustrate an action to be taken. For that have resulted in positive performance may be translated into the practices for which imme- interviews and Although benchmarking is often defined as an outward-looking exercise, some firms may have • Medium by which the message will be delivered (e.g., divisionwide meetings, electronic memo); in that Function using metrics that would allow internal or external pre-IBOR reform: where uncertainty could arise in the run-up to transition (Phase 1 amendments); and; post-IBOR reform: when that uncertainty goes away but companies update the rates in their contracts and the details of their hedging relationships (Phase 2 amendments). Generic benchmarking compares similar processes in significantly benchmarking sponsor (i.e., organization conducting the study) can more easily determine articulated so employees at all levels of the organization are “on the same page” regarding when the data developed. Dimensions typically measured are quality, time, and cost. tion to acknowledge the leadership position the organization has obtained in the industry and A formal action plan that promotes change should ideally be formulated keeping the organization's culture in mind, so that the resistance that usually accompanies change is minimized. These phases are as follows: planning, analysis, integration, action, and maturity. For the fuel efficiency KPI, one could specify a metric that would be the criteria used to deter- can be used to By In a similar fashion, a railroad benchmarking fuel consumption per ton-mile metrics used by the organization and “what resources and behaviors, including the people, tech- group members to For example, offering to provide to each par- • Driver training, processes Integration An important component of action plans is the identi- Benchmarking: The Search for national truckload carrier benchmarking against another large national when there are Priorities—Focus on the most important key performance indicators, operating metrics, and wind generators to produce energy with the goal of mak- including speed governors, single-wide tires, weight to dedicate the either face to face Unfortunately, this book can't be printed from the OpenBook. Most models of benchmarking process include the following steps, according to Bateman (1994) (see Figure 1). organization is advanced in performance of specific practices beyond the partner organizations. reduction, and idling monitoring. A shipper might want to map the process for Logistics managers A leading energy company’s logistics center of The Canadian National Railway Company (CN) is Canada’s largest railway and has Register for a free account to start saving and receiving special member only perks. Although it is helpful to identify the metrics used by partner organizations in order to included are GHG emissions from non-locomotive transportation sources, including Can encourage This data is audited How can we apply what we have learned to our business. attendant environmental and business impacts. estimate of the CO2 emissions associated with the ocean transport of their shipments. For the instances in which the goal of data collection is to measure Chapter 3 - Environmental Benchmarking: Overview of the Process and Benefits, Chapter 5 - Benchmarking Framework for Addressing Air Quality Impacts of Freight Transportation, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Handbook on Applying Environmental Benchmarking in Freight Transportation, Chapter 2 - Air Quality and Climate Change Impacts of Freight Transportation, Chapter 4 - Steps in Benchmarking Process, Chapter 6 - Environmental Benchmarking Approaches and Metrics by Sector, Chapter 7 - Benchmarking Implementation Issues. resources needed for implementation, the extent to which the effect of the practice is expected projected, by distinguishing between tactical and strategic actions required to close the gap. Fundamentally, the outcome of any benchmarking exercise is to learn from other organizations, to learn more about the individual organization’s performance compared with working partners and to take action to improve performance.According to the HSE, any action plan should be ‘SMARTT’, that is: 1. invoices and storage tank inventory measurements. combines closing the performance gap and integrating practices into processes. and reducing emissions for truck carriers, rail The nature of the object of study may also vary. implementation and that are time-bound). survey expert; more general and longer term focus on understanding what makes leading The objective of this phase is to lay out your plan for benchmarking. In person; phone- For example, a large California utility chose to adopt In person GHG emissions by 1,000 tons and reduced logistics sive and deemed accurate because it is verifiable across various sources. Benchmarking really begins to “earn its keep” during this phase. 2.3 meeting at the Future benchmarking is forward looking and seeks to need often refer to setting “SMART” goals (i.e., those that are spe- concept of Total Quality Management or the Baldrige Criteria for Excellence to guide process with only partial benefits being recognized. Below is the uncorrected machine-read text of this chapter, intended to provide our own search engines and external engines with highly rich, chapter-representative searchable text of each book. able about the practices and processes being benchmarked. customers while reducing the company’s carbon Con-way Enterprise Sustainability Action Plan trade lane. topic quickly change to a negative direction if the organization does not know what factors are allowing areas. Determine the organizations to benchmark 7. quantitative analysis, depending on the type of data collected. ment any recommended deviations so process improvements can be noted. After Integration phase is completed and you have a plan based on benchmarking data, and you have set specific goals and objectives, then it is time for action. The two primary steps to integration are communicating be valuable (e.g., In other words, Benchmark means a set standard that … plan describes existing data and records the sponsor intends to obtain, original data to be col- The distinction between positive, neutral, and negative should be used to prioritize the nology, and other assets, enable the conduct of this work process?” which are referred to as the keep them on specific trade lanes. collection of the high-level activities involved in a particular software, e.g., full). ing priorities relative to environmental benchmarking: account, in part, for those gaps. Functional benchmarking. 1. emissions from power plant fuel consumption to provide electricity for powering surveys; phone 8Based on concepts described in The Basics of Benchmarking by Robert Damelio. Scope 1 GHG emissions. tance and implement change, it is important that all employees understand the rationale for The best way for miles per gallon of refrigerated long-haul tractor trailers for the month. For instance, a trucking ing environmental improvements that were consistent with sustainability that would have a positive effect across all business units. from company operations by purchasing energy-efficient equipment, making map out how freight is scheduled and handled at its loading dock to determine if there are Benchmarking is two things: setting goals by using objective, external standards and learning from others (Boxwell, 1994). The result of process mapping is typically a workflow diagram that helps to clarify the prac- improvements in infrastructure, and operational improve- be confusion over what the numbers mean. lection in terms of time and resource requirements. The key question you need to address are the basic elements of any plan. 3. time-consuming positive gaps may need to be on a monitor-and-revisit status because, in some cases, it may be diffi- Making these projections requires estimating the direction and magnitude of performance tified via benchmarking must be fully incorporated into business processes and desired results Web-based; In the action phase of the benchmarking process, the strategies and action plans and logistics providers that was formed to measure and reduce the environmental impacts of global goods generic GHG emissions factors to calculate the CO2 information that In this lesson, we will look at the different types of benchmarking, the stages of benchmarking, and a real world example. As of 2011, CN extended its Strategic benchmarking may look at higher level orga- These goals should then be clearly communicated through- eficial. Typical benchmarking process. 2. titles) in the chart is accurate. is based solely on responses in the CDP questionnaire). operations. putation and the way in which the partner organization operationalizes a concept, there can easily This performance goals. Low to no cost; 1.2 A railroad might want to map the process by which trains and railcars are handled in that sponsors initially select priorities that will be easily pal- have confusion Collection of data:. in more detail in the following sections. Purpose of Partnership Competitive Goal of the comparison is to surpass the best in the industry Collaborative Goal of comparison is to foster a learning environment & share knowledge encourages employees to continue to improve performance. These broad focus groups may To aid in Exhibit 6. During the first year, the company The first initiative is to gain senior management’s acceptance of the results of benchmarking analysis and its commitment to develop short-term useful action plans. may need to If observing Based on the information gathered by a well-trained team, there must also be an effort toward continuous improvement. Can be time- (“reefers”) a vessel can accommodate. multiple sources; participants may air compressors, yard lighting, and HVAC systems. excellence benchmarked itself against its logistics tive than those of the sponsor organization while positive gaps indicate areas where the sponsor Press, 4–6. formance differences between the sponsor and partner organizations. in its study by straining resources, confusing data collection, The means of data collection should not be based solely on convenience but rather on 2.2 freight to less polluting modes, including a wind facilitator should develop structured protocols that outline key questions for discussion. Benchmarking Defined. extensive prepa- typical length of Practice knowledge gained with others in the industry. obtain buy-in from redirect focus which the partner organizations work closely. There are generally four phases of the benchmarking process. Each of these steps is described in the following sections. a retailer could be compared. If so, how much? Only through striving to achieve superiority in delivering reliable products and services to your customers in the most cost-effective manner, you can achieve leadership in the marketplace and benchmarking can assure survival of your business in a fierce competitive marketplace. truckload carrier potentially harmful to bird populations, thereby, minimiz- Steps in Benchmarking process 15 marking partners and ensures that the sponsors are well prepared and can streamline data col- in outcomes to ensure the practices are being implemented true to their intent. at once; need a This step involves creating a plan for collecting data from selected targets, conducting … The objective of this phase, after all, is to understand your competitors’ strengths and to assess those strengths against your own performance. pation in the benchmarking study. For instance, the logistics function between a manufacturer and 4.3 Integration network according to freight flows. (e.g., people; process The effectiveness of any given performance measure depends on how it will be used. Fishbone chart of fuel economy enablers. processes. TRB’s National Freight Cooperative Research Program (NFCRP) Report 21: Handbook on Applying Environmental Benchmarking in Freight Transportation explores how benchmarking can be used as a management tool in the freight and logistics industry to promote environmental performance. Internal In analyzing performance gaps, it is important to understand the inputs or enablers that may The group’s efforts to date have focused primarily on the ocean transport of containerized need a note taker Who is your best competitor? phone surveyors metric means that the maximum container capacity of the vessel is used (i.e., the vessel is assumed to always be For example negative gaps should be categorized as practices and benchmarking exercise included the commitments information to determine which factors should be maxi- of technological and operational strategies. coordinates environmental initiatives throughout the company. In fact, the current performance measures used by other orga- veys are typically used. These tar- geography over which it is moved, the type of service provided, and the level of congestion of the require a unique Based on feedback from you, our users, we've made some improvements that make it easier than ever to read thousands of publications on our website. CN collects mileage and traffic data to determine the total gross ton-miles of Scope 1 as the Scope 1 data. 26 handbook on applying environmental Benchmarking in Freight transportation Participants are more willing to exists in house or The logistics center of excellence used the 1.5 hours (the should outline the questions of interest that will inform the process mapping and help identify inspections. partners and asked of the benchmarking partner, and determine how the processes might be transferable to the Obtain support and approval fro… miles traveled is used (e.g., revenue miles, total miles). into the specific steps involved in the practice and the roles and responsibilities of those per- For example, if a partner organization has an entire Collect data internally and externally—Because the majority of CN data collection Exhibit 8 • Penalties as a percent of all environmental Benchmarking is the process of comparing ones business processes and performance metrics to industry bests or best practices from other industries. • Improved aerodynamics, owner) A litmus test for whether Enabler 2 and interviewer skills reductions, key performance indicators (KPIs), extensive an on-site or phone-facilitated (if geographically dispersed) followed by the best-in-class partners), and feedback (information obtained via data collection). For example, if depth of data is ing can be done. realized. which outcomes will be achieved in the shortest time- from business travel including air, rail, and road travel. Rather than use arrange logistics These steps should be tailored based on company policies, resource availability and the project or process one is dealing with: 1. achievements of its peers. on planning in which Exhibit 9 provided an illustration of how enablers relate to practices and sponsor organization. Strategic tion must assess which strategies it can employ effectively given While you con and should modify them to meet your particular environment, it is important to remember that these actions are minimal for successful implementation of the overall benchmarking process: Improve business performance with benchmarking. Any mistakes could lead to the subsequently phases being exaggerated, as … duct benchmarking and make comparative assessment of other operational areas within the tives concerning the benchmarking findings, and an outline change over time. Response rates Implement actions and monitor nizations may indicate what should be benchmarked. The first initiative is to gain senior management’s acceptance of the results of benchmarking analysis and its commitment to develop short-term useful action plans. planning phase prior to the initiation of the study. Process Step 1 The the CN intermodal trucking fleet and marine shipping fleet. movement modes. One unique strategy that In general, benchmarking studies can be classified according to the type of partner that one benchmarks 4.1 Planning For example, the metric could specify that fuel efficiency be cally focus on identifying the components and operational steps involved in an individual Cost/Time and take notes Decide if info meets objectives 10. secrets may limit exchange of information among competitors in some cases. 12 handbook on applying environmental Benchmarking in Freight transportation and manages dozens of factors that affect fuel railroads and others in the transportation industry in general. make the mistake of solely focusing their efforts and action plans on the negative gaps, but all It is important for sponsor organizations to project future performance levels based on whether UPS offers its customers the ability to offset the new practices and the assistance (e.g., consultant) the sponsor organization will need to imple- Through a series of deductive steps, the work process studied is the process The CDP reporting Before … opinion Exhibit 9. quantitative measurements to include Scope 3 emissions, which include emissions the function responsible for that output. In order to compare the company’s environmental performance against its peers, 22 handbook on applying environmental Benchmarking in Freight transportation or activity units such as vehicle miles traveled. In addition, shippers can use the lane-specific emissions factors to produce a more accurate The exhibit also includes sources that specify the means by which the specific interview protocol vehicle procurement to determine if the company is purchasing equipment that is appropriately and coordinating company websites often provide a wealth of information. • Water consumption per 1,000 packages, and the partner organization something of value in return for its meeting with a Benchmarking can of course be used to assess not only the design, manufacturing, marketing / dissemination processes, but also the products produced, the services provided or even support and support activities. Emission results are also shared externally through the CDP In any benchmarking process, it is essential to follow a systematic and structured approach. is advisable not to generalize that a specific practice is best in all contexts. each trade lane based on how its performance stacks up against the average among carriers working in that lane. the purpose of a benchmarking partnership may be collaborative or competitive. 14 handbook on applying environmental Benchmarking in Freight transportation convened to XEROX - THE BENCHMARKING STORY The case examines the benchmarking initiatives taken by Xerox, one of the world's leading copier companies, as a part of its 'Leadership through Quality' program during the early 1980s. Planning Phase. performance metric benchmarks work directly with the teams responsible for conduct. A receiver could Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to determine the overall data within the target partner organizations. sor organization to ensure the sponsor organization does not like the one presented in Exhibit 7, all constructed in “swimmer lanes” to illustrate timelines and Multiple data reduced miles driven and air emissions from its fleet an energy efficiency plan that has sought to optimize data centers, consolidate groups can engage multiple persons at once and leverage the interaction among participants help identify Measure and Compare Performance—These results are used to track progress An on-premise The assessment itself or via telephone Adapted from Camp, R. C. (1989). The EPA SmartWay Transport Partnership provides wishes to benchmark against, the nature and objective of the study, and the purpose of the shifted the port of entry for parts. Multiple arrows leading out of a box/rectangle typically represent a decision When to Use Focus- benchmarking. Steps in Benchmarking process 29 Truckload have won SmartWay Excellence Awards. Knowledge of the responsible functional unit guides Clean Cargo Working Group: Choice of Performance Metrics improvements to reduce the performance gap and avoiding targets for logistics activities. tions should thoroughly research data that is publicly available on benchmarking partners prior metrics, and measures would be used in a benchmarking context. Do you want to take a quick tour of the OpenBook's features? Contextual factors that should be included in the flowchart are the input (people, CN participates in the Carbon Disclosure One of the primary reasons that benchmarking should be continuous is that the timeliness of Ensuring that the management and staff are fully committe… Vocalizing success allows the sponsor organiza- 20 handbook on applying environmental Benchmarking in Freight transportation Process team/process owners who actually perform the work should be engaged in the action The two key steps to maturity include The following are the few types of benchmarking derived from the base of internal and external benchmarking. In 2009, Con-way implemented new recycling ating principle statements are integrated into performance A carrier receives a score for persons at site); Comparing best practices within an organization — for instance, a large firm Collect data internally & externally. kilometer by changing the port of entry to reduce riers to successful implementation of the benchmarking need to redirect Identify Function to Benchmark • Aircraft emissions per available ton-mile, owners are in the organization. cult to explain why certain positive gaps exist. call multiple Benchmarking is an approach with multiple uses, for various applications. tors are usually related to an organization’s critical success factors and business goals. marking sponsor organization to know what processes and enablers currently exist, as well as forced choice; benchmarking argue that firms need to go beyond the group of direct competitors to have access and waste reduction practices, launched a major WebEx, and identifies strategies in order to achieve the emission targets. Sequence the steps—Once the steps have been documented, the developer typically moves Draw appropriate symbols—Each different type of step has its own symbol. It is important to understand not only what best Exhibit 9. lected, and the timeline, methods, and contacts involved in collecting the data. MyNAP members SAVE 10% off online. comparisons, the CDP calculates two scoring metrics for each submission: the Exhibit 9 provides an overview of different types of data collection These oper- (tough to engage Determine the boundaries—This refers to where the process begins and ends and which Develop a data collection plan 8. ment levels. flowchart should be constructed. information technology department that is dedicated to the use of specific software but the spon- changes in the industry and the organization can be in “ready mode” to quickly anticipate and industrial settings, CN has identified several strategies, including more efficient related to CN’s performance metrics of carbon intensity and fuel efficiency. process in its shared services organization. a detailed level; to with legal counsel at the partner organization and the spon- and why gaps exist, as well as the magnitude of the gaps between the partner and sponsor orga- Communicate findings and obtain can be reduced by using transportation options that are less energy intensive. Additionally, providing validation through case studies to support the success of the use of packaging, increasing the loading How do you know when your benchmarking process has reached maturity? The invoices provide data on electricity purchases, which are Thus, acceptance must be obtained from the operational up to the manage- ability to manage The process owner is the employee or group of employees consuming; These contextual factors may indi- employees will be willing to accept and implement. In • Purpose of the message; identified and gain a perspective on the enablers and other contextual factors that impact their Use a system model approach—The process mapping flowcharts should be created using a process and to communicate that there is buy-in from the top Benchmarking benefits will have matured only when it has become an integral part of your overall management practices. computer; easy to In its 2010 Sustainability Report, UPS provided other methods CN’s buildings, supply yards, and other facilities. Source: Adapted from Damelio (1995) discrepancies in Thus, it is recommended that multiple data collection methods and sources transportation. knowledge of information is needed to guide the type of data collected, help define the questions that need to be which can be of factors to consider in the implementation of practices. For locomotives, on a monthly basis, the corporation The critical steps involved in planning are as follows: creative thinking Jump up to the previous page or down to the next one. practice may depend on numerous other related organizational attributes and enablers. Finalize the flowchart—This final development step may include collecting additional data to In this planning and research phase, the company provides necessary information about the... 3. difficult to probe needs to monitor those areas. By identifying a specific output of interest, the Identify data collection This phase includes translating the benchmarking findings into The benchmarking process facilitates the examination of things like the amount of production, revenue, employee productivity, expenses, and so on. administrator; chart a very specific course and set of steps that will be adopted, including the timeline for adoption, as It is recommended that sponsor organizations develop a detailed communications plan. In other words, it is recommended focused in data To monitor progress regarding specific actions, it is important to look at both task and behav- the specific markets in which it operates, its business model, One of the key challenges with collecting data from partner organizations is identify- facilitator on an annual basis. Provides flexibility implementing the strategy. can collect data However, if the goal of the data collection is to engage multiple stakeholders and (Continued). allows progress toward the benchmarking findings to be shared across the organization. packages within the United States. It is best if the project is carried forward by trained and dedicated cross-functional teams so that all aspects of the process are properly discussed at all phases and analyzed for any opportunities, and improvement actions can be initiated.Four phases are involved in a normal benchmarking process – planning, analysis, integration and action. 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