Picture: courtesy of Anand Subramaniam Our Challenges To manage routine maintenance work, my plant has an ERP - enterprise resource planning - system, that has all of our plant's maintainable equipment defined. We have had this system for many years. Our corporate technology team implemented this system and we were determined to use it as … Continue reading Challenges in Managing Routine Maintenance Work
One step at a time "How did you guys go from Project Scheduling to BPM (Business Process Management)?" This is a logical question. This post illustrates the logical steps that pushed us from Project Scheduling to BPM. We had no idea at the outset that this would happen. In hindsight, it seems logical that it … Continue reading From Project Scheduling to BPM – an Organic Evolution
Digital integration is baked into the DNA of the TWIST (TeamWork's Integrated Solution Technology) solution. This makes TWIST a simple and coordinated gateway for your team to benefit from digital integration. Collaboration between team members improves dramatically. TWIST helps you to manage most of your normal business processes in a single integrated solution. This keeps … Continue reading Digital Integration: One Solution – Many Apps
Water follows the laws of physics, and flows downhill. Likewise, work flow is driven by simple logical, almost organic, rules. Ignore the logic, or get in its way, and you have a mess. Just as you have when the natural flow of water is impeded. In our everyday lives, away from our jobs, we routinely … Continue reading Organic Work Flow – in 5 Stages and Gates
You are already aware of each of the 'silos' in your turnaround, maintenance, project or similar groups. And you have already thought about how you would like to reduce wasted time and money by improving communications. Your teams spend a lot of time repeating hallway conversations, re-sending emails, discussing the same issues in meetings. It's … Continue reading Ready, Set, . . Digitalize!
“Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end.” Leonard Nimoy, as Star Trek's Spock Many processes being followed in managing plant shutdowns, turnarounds, outages or overhauls are simply not logical, given the technology available today. Yet, turnaround and shutdown steering, execution and startup teams continue to follow these. One reason is that they simply … Continue reading Logical Turnarounds
Is there really a need for a single Integrated Project Management System? To answer this, we'll first review the typical project or turnaround management landscape. A project passes through multiple stages during its lifecycle. These stages vary for each business and each project or program type, but basically they fall into the following 6 stages: … Continue reading Is Integrated Project Management necessary?
Any one in your team can access your ERP, or other corporate system, to write a work order or a job order, or notification to initiate a scope of work. The reception yard in the diagram illustrates the multiple sources (ex. Operations, Reliability, Inspection, HSE, Engineering, etc.) of work order generation. Each work order is, … Continue reading Marshalling your Work Scope
It's Sunday morning. You decide to make breakfast. That's your scope. You enjoy making breakfast, then you enjoy eating it. Then you settle down to binge-watch a favorite show. But wait - you need to clean up the kitchen first. Is that added scope? Or should it have been included in your original scope? Probably … Continue reading Scope Creep – sound creepy? It does not have to be.
Your business uses services and products from vendors of all stripes: your fleet of vehicles is supplied by a dealership (like a Ford or Chrysler or GM dealership); your internet and phone access is supplied by a communications services company (like Comcast or Telus); your computers and office equipment are obtained from an office-supplies company … Continue reading Who should provide your business apps?