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Upcoming Benchmarking Conferences

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  • Mon, Jul 22
    Norfolk Waterside Marriott
    Jul 22, 2024, 6:00 PM – Jul 25, 2024, 6:00 PM
    Jul 22, 2024, 6:00 PM – Jul 25, 2024, 6:00 PM
    Our benchmarking community will come together both in-person and virtually to hear about the results for 2024 benchmarking program and hear from other utilities on best practices. If you are planning to attend in person, please register here.
  • Mon, Aug 19
    Cheyenne Mountain Resort
    Aug 19, 2024, 6:00 PM – Aug 22, 2024, 6:00 PM
    Aug 19, 2024, 6:00 PM – Aug 22, 2024, 6:00 PM
    Our benchmarking community will come together both in-person and virtually to discuss results from the 2024 benchmarking program. Registration for the virtual events will be sent separately. If you are planning to attend in person, please register here.

Meeting FAQs

  • Service Levels
    Understanding and measuring work volumes and drivers of work
  • Performance
    O&M expenditures and capital investments, reliability and safety;
  • Enabling Practices
    Initiatives, Staffing, and Supporting functions
  • Implementation Support:
    For both process and technological improvements, including solution development, implementation planning, mobilization, team management
  • Operational Assessments
    Analyze performance against benchmarks to identify opportunities and define potential solutions
  • Continuous Measurement and Tracking:
    Supplement our standard benchmarking services to help companies get the most out of their benchmarking efforts.
  • Key Performance Indicator (KPI) Development
    Identify and develop KPIs using benchmarks to tailor the measures and understand performance.
  • Contact Center Assessment and Implementation
    Contact Center Assessment and Implementation for a North American gas distribution utility. Executed a benchmarking-based performance assessment, a detailed practice analysis, and solution development for improvement of service, call handling quality, call flow, training, supervisory roles, and technology integration resulting in programs to improved service levels and move contacts to self-service
  • Field Service Operations Improvement
    Field Service Operations Improvement for a Midwestern electric utility. Conducted a diagnostic assessment of the existing processes, management approaches, and technology, and moved to redesign of the supervision, scheduling, routing, and execution processes for field orders. After implementation of the renewed management processes, the company was able to increase its completed field orders by over 20% while maintaining the existing staff complement.
  • Executive-Level Dashboard Development
    We offer Executive-Level Dashboard Development linking key benchmarking indicators used by a large southern municipal utility. - First Quartile created a dashboard allowing the Customer Service leadership to understand and improve performance. - Additionally developed process-based scorecards measuring core processes and their influence on the afore-mentioned top-level performance indicators. - Additionally developed process-based scorecards measuring core processes and their influence on the afore-mentioned top-level performance indicators.
  • Distribution Benchmarking
    Distribution Benchmarking for a major North American electric and gas utility operating across multiple states. The benchmarking required developing benchmarks and trend analysis findings to identify areas of opportunity, summarizing insights into cost and performance gaps relative to a selected peer group, and highlighting key opportunity areas for the utility to focus on. Areas of benchmarking included transmission and distribution operations and costs, reliability, and safety.
  • Analysis of Outage Response
    Analysis of Outage Response for a large mid-western utility. The company sought to evaluate and improve their customer experience during outages. The study covered all aspects of the response plan, preparations and training, customer communications, and operational execution during significant storm events.
  • Organizational and Staffing Assessment
    Organizational and Staffing Assessment including all aspects of transmission and distribution for a growing, major western electric utility. The company was seeking to maintain existing cost structures while optimizing staff and organization. First Quartile provided comparisons to leading utilities facing similar situations and helped guide the budgeting/planning process to reach the desired goals.
  • Regulatory Support
    Regulatory Support for a North American utility in their rates and regulatory filings. Work involved the provision of benchmarks and analysis for transmission and distribution expenditures, as well as reliability performance. Over the course of several different consulting cycles, First Quartile efforts ranged from the simple provision of benchmark comparisons to more complex work, up to and including providing written and oral testimony in hearings.
  • Rate Case Filing Support
    Rate Case Filing Support utilizing a benchmarking-based analysis of the Customer operations of a major Canadian retail energy supplier. The analysis was designed to evaluate the overall costs and fair market value, with the results used in support of a rates filing
  • Will I get documents to take home?
    We run paperless meetings. Paper copies of documents are not handed out. We distribute meeting materials through our website and e-mail.
  • What is the dress code?
    Dress code is business casual, appropriate to the location and the outings we might take for dinner and extracurricular activities.
  • What is the basic schedule outline?
    T&DCSCorp & Shared Services Leader's ConferenceMarch February January Issue QuestionnaireAprilMarchFebruary Kick-offsAprilMarchFebruary Data Collection WebinarsApril March March Data Review WebinarsJune May April Insights ConferenceAugust July July Leader On-site ResultsOctoberSeptember
  • Are your meetings online or in person?
    Almost all meetings are offered via webinar. To register e-mail debi.cook@1qconsulting.com for an invitation. Most webinars are recorded, so that if you can't attend live, you can listen to the recording later. You can test or pre-install the Webex addon by clicking this link https://www.webex.com/test-meeting.html
  • Can I bring my laptop?
    You are welcome to bring your laptop to our meetings, in fact, we encourage it. You can follow along on your computer and you can stay in touch with work.
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