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We sit down for our weekly maintenance scheduling meeting and present our operations counterparts with a schedule that requires 4 hours of downtime in the middle of the week. They immediately start horse-trading and ask questions like “can you do it in 3 hours?” or “can’t we just skip it this week?” Why do they […]

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Sometimes as the Maintenance Planner we feel responsible for everything and capable of nothing.  It can be a very frustrating and thankless job at times.   I believe that a good portion of this frustration comes from the lack of clarity around expectations.  Where do I fit in? What do they want from me? What can I […]

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I have just left a small roundtable discussion in Brussels where the topic was overcoming our MRO issues.   In attendance were leaders working in industries as varied as pharmaceutical, discreet manufacturing, marine, as well as food and beverage.  So much insightful discussion, but here is what I left the table with:

Takeaway No. 1:  We […]

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Lets get one thing out on the table before we get started; perfection is unobtainable.
No matter how much we try, there will always be an unlimited capacity for personal improvement, for team improvement…so much more out there.   When we can accept this idea, the future becomes pretty exciting.

What does any of this […]

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I have just read this interesting article on time management.

We all know Murphy’s Law is “if something can go wrong it will go wrong.”  But this article discusses Parkinson’s Law, which states:

“The amount of time which one has to perform a task is the amount of […]

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Life Long Learning

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No slight intended to the ladies…I think this applies to everyone….a quick read inspired me to post this:




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If I were to offer you a single piece of paper, how much would you be willing to pay me?  How about a single idea?  How about a single idea that would help you solve the most important problem that you faced yesterday, and that would spread like wildfire throughout your organization?  Now I think we might have […]

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What better way to waste an afternoon than to debate which came first the chicken or the egg?

One thing that can not be debated however is the fact that abnormalities come before failures.
This is a fact.

What we notice:
We are conditioned early on to react to failures; the […]

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Hello to the Maintenance Phoenix community!

I just want to take a moment to thank Ricky for his leadership and friendship over the years.

This sounds like a goodbye message, but I a convinced that Ricky will continue to provide his kind leadership and insights as he always has, but in a different capacity in […]

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