This myth, planning meetings are for planning, is based on a misuse/misunderstanding of correct planning and scheduling terminology. Planning meetings are normally run by your planner, but they are not, or shouldn’t be, about planning. They are about scheduling – i.e.: when work will be executed. Planning defines what work (scope) will be done, how to do it (instructions, guidance, specs, etc.) and what is required to do it (resources, skills, permits required, etc.).Scheduling is done to define when the job will be executed and by which resources (skilled trades). Read more “Myth Busting 7: Planning meetings”
I get asked a lot of questions and asked for a help. Sometimes the “ask” comes from senior management, sometimes middle-level management and sometimes even from the shop floor. People and companies need help to achieve more than they are today.
Performance is already known and often less than desired. Change is needed and that means new ideas. After all, if they had the ideas themselves, they may have tried something different before calling me in. Sometimes they have, and it hasn’t worked. They are stuck. Read more “Myth Busting 5: It Won’t Work Here”
This particular myth is not overly common, but it still occurs, usually in the minds of people who are really good a fooling themselves. It becomes more common when it is modified to say, “…running as well as it ever has”.
There are two parts to this one: 1. We believe it is actually running well, or as well as ever, and, 2. We really think we’re great and there truly is no room to improve.
Consider that a customer regularly buys our goods or services. For operations/production to be our customer, then they would be paying maintenance for its service. Do they? In some organizations, this may be the case, but is it that way in yours?
More than likely, you need to manage your own budget and meet operational demands as one of many departments all aimed at providing goods or services to some external customer or customers? Read more “Myth Busting 3: Master or Partner”
Why are business cases so challenging? Improvement programs in Maintenance or Capital Asset Management can be incredibly difficult to “sell” to managers and executives. Even where there is a high level of dependency on physical assets and poor performance, making improvements is a tough sell.
Usually there is an inherent understanding of the functional (operational) value that physical assets deliver – production output, quality of output, timely deliveries, safety, environmental compliance, public image and even security. Read more “Business Cases for Asset Management, Part 1”