Rapid Efficiency – steps to value in 3 months.
It is a frightening time to be in capital or labor intensive industries.
When faced with situations like this, filled with uncertainty the best advice is always to change what you can, and to try not to worry about those things you cannot change.
The near term choice is clear – improve quality and efficiency or die.
What can be done, and what I think every onein the field should be doing, is helping you by providing you with practical tips and techniques to rapidly increase efficiency.
The truth about change is that it actually doesn’t take a long time. Any chance, the decision and commitment to make a change, happens in a split second. You have the motivation now, turn it into immediate action.
Here are quick tips that you should / could be doing right now!
1) Start identifying bad actors rapidly. Now is not the time to get lost in semantics about criticality, identify where the value is through recording production, recording unplanned outages, identifying their causes and rapidly acting to fix them.
2) Get as many people as possible trained in problem solving techniques. Right away! Immediately!
3) Make sure everyone is aware of the sense of urgency. This is not the time for games like “So I’m trained now what?” Now what is – if you don’t use that knowledge to make things better right now, there may not be a paycheck next month.
4) Implement capacity scheduling. Don’t look for software; use a spreadsheet if you have to. Don’t get wrapped up in the details, just start to schedule your time and work to schedule. The impacts will be huge.
5) Record bottlenecks, constrains, work delay times right now! You want to be in a position to review these and to start applying problem solving techniques to these within 2 – 10 days.
6) Rehearse the big jobs. Yes that’s right – rehearse it. Just like a parachutist rehearses his jumps, just like a theatre rehearses their activities, get the time to dry run through all the activities that are going to happen in the next turnaround; and analyze where inefficiency can be cut from.
These are just quick tips to get started.
The primary driver for you, however, should be the following: You have 3 months to value! 3 months! Start now and squeeze as much out of the operations as possible, as quick as possible.
Remember, always remember, the goal here is rapid increases of efficiency. You will need to go back and look at some of the deeper issues like CAPEX spending optimization.
And feel free to comment on other steps to achieve rapid quality and efficiency