Archive of Sustaining Services - MAVERICK Rethinking Automation

Key Safety Metrics

Posted by Gene Niewoehner on January 18, 2012 @ 11:19 am

You can tell a lot about a company, by taking a quick look at their annual report and website. In today’s economy, it’s the results that count — that’s easy to understand —but leading companies take a more holistic approach to measuring safety. If you can only find results or lagging measures, look elsewhere; the lagging measures are functionally useless when it comes to evaluating a company’s future success. Instead, look for companies that provide results along with proactive or leading measures. When you find one, you’ve likely found a company known for its product or service quality, customer service, productivity and financial success. There are many ways to measure success, but I believe quality, service, productivity, financial, and environmental, health and safety are all linked through a company’s systems and culture. Break one link, and the company will exper...

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The 3 PM Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make

Posted by Don Dickson on December 15, 2011 @ 12:37 pm

Most of the project management mistakes I’ve made in my career were caused by lack of experience in project management processes, or lack of time. After some years in the process automation industry, I’ve learned that there are standards to help PMs with the process piece, including PMI, Prince2 and other custom processes developed by some of the world’s leading companies. With this wealth of information, there’s really no reason today’s PMs wouldn’t be well-armed with, or at least exposed to, standard project management processes. But what about lack of time? They say that time cures all ills. But what happens when project timelines are compressed and there’s a severe time crunch? Sound familiar? Lack of time can cause a PM to brush over or even skip critical steps. Here’s a listing of what I believe are the three PM mistakes you don’t want to make: 1. Failure to pla...

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