“Uptime – Strategies for Excellence in Maintenance Management” by John D Campbell and James Reyes-Picknell is now in its 3rd edition – published in August 2015. This new edition is now available and contains many additions and edits to make the book, already a primary reference for many in our field, even stronger.
This is the first is a series of blogs describing this new book’s content.
The first edition by John Campbell was published in 1995 – the same year that I went to work for John. He wrote it for non-maintainers to gain an understanding of maintenance and what they should expect.
The language was kept simple and not too technical. It was an easy read and despite the target audience, it was maintenance managers who found it most helpful. They told John and I that it was the first time someone had spelled out their job so clearly. Feedback from them and our own experience using it revealed that more was needed. In particular, maintainers wanted more “how to” included.
In 2000, John and I decided to co-author the 2nd edition together. We talked a lot about content, the model of excellence, book structure, just how much it should be changed or not. It was all in our heads over the next 2 years and then John, who had been ill throughout that time, passed away. He left the project in my hands. It took long, our firm had been sold, eventually I left to form my own firm and finally, after two complete drafts, the 2nd edition was published in 2006. It too became and stayed a best-seller.
Uptime’s 2nd edition contained a great deal of the much sought after “how to”, but not enough that it became a handbook. It was still a text, albeit thicker, more up-to-date and structured differently to reflect how top performers in maintenance were evolving.
In 2013, after more learning, feedback, greater changes in technology, demographics and shifts in the business environment, particularly with a greater emphasis on whole-life asset management, it was time to refresh Uptime once again. The book proposal was written, accepted and work began in earnest. This time it was to include several contributing authors, all good friends and all respected leaders in their fields who could lend even further depth and credibility to the work. It contains many changes and much new material.
The Uptime Model of Excellence – its well-known pyramid, was altered slightly, it went from 4 to 3 levels and the 2nd edition and some of its content shifted around, but today, in the 3rd edition it remains very close to the original, again with some minor changes, but a lot of new content within those topics. In addition to the pyramid and bulk of the book’s content which is aimed at Maintenance Management, there is a whole new part Introducing Asset Management and Asset Information Management as well as an implementation guide for Uptime.
The next articles in this series will deal with the three tiers of the pyramid and a final part of the book that takes it beyond Maintenance Management.
The official book launch for Uptime’s 3rd edition is taking place during the MainTrain conference in Vancouver, BC, 21 – 24 September, 2015. There will be a workshop there covering the new book on Monday 21 September and an author’s corner where you can meet me and maybe even get your own copy of Uptime signed.
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