THE IMPORTANCE OF
PLANNING and SCHEDULING
In the late 1980s DuPont commissioned the largest benchmarking study of maintenance and reliability practices ever done.
It included a study of 3500 sites across North America, Europe and Japan. It was so extensive that it is still used today.
A key conclusion from the study was that the top 5% of the companies surveyed the so-called “Best of the Best” do the basics very well.
And those basics include Planning and Scheduling.
Many implementations of advanced Planning and Scheduling fail. Often because senior management was never on board to begin with.
In this article, I’ll show you how to fix that. I’ll show you how to sell planning and scheduling to your CEO. And in such a way that he actually wants you to implement it successfully.
I’ll talk about your ‘CEO’, but it could also be your Plant Manager that you need to convince.
Planning and Scheduling is one of the 4 Essential Elements on the Road to Reliability™. Planning and scheduling or work management as it’s often called, ensures the right work gets done, at the right time, with the right tools, materials and people.
Without an advanced planning and scheduling process you’ll never achieve high reliability. In this article I’ll explain why that’s the case. I’ll also give an overview of what a work management process should look like.
Most organisations that implement maintenance planning and scheduling do not achieve the long-term results they expected. Often the improvements don’t last, even when the initial implementation seemed successful.
But, it doesn’t have to be like that. This article outlines a structured, proven approach that has worked in many organisations. An approach using basic project management principles. Combined with a strong focus on change management.