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How to Conquer Work In Progress (WIP) Overload

WIP Overload Mainstream ConferenceWhile you and your co-workers can see widgets on an assembly line, asset registers, maintenance plans or work orders, knowledge work is mostly invisible. Your work-in-process (WIP) grows. Before you know it, you’re overloaded. You can’t think deeply about what you’re doing, let alone find enough time for continuous improvement. Productivity slows. Mistakes and defects grow. Morale and job satisfaction decline. Planning is nearly impossible. Sound familiar?

As a former engineer, Jim Benson knows this scenario all too well. But he insists it doesn’t have to be this way. He’s a big believer in the Kanban methodology, a clever way of digging out of work — and staying dug out — to achieve higher quality, better productivity, greater job satisfaction, and peace of mind.

Mainstream Conference Program Director, Simon Yeowart, recently chatted with Jim to get a preview into his upcoming session at Mainstream Conference. Watch the video below to find out how exactly what Kanban is and how it can be applied to the work we do in asset management.Continue reading

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Why Asset Management Practices are a Moral Imperative for Corporate Executives

asset management corporate executives mainstream conferenceIn many asset intensive companies around the world, corporate executives are more focused on achieving financial results than the technical aspects of running a company. They know they have highly talented, technical people who will worry about that. What they often don’t understand is the impact that asset management practises have on the financial performance of the company at the enterprise level, as well as all of the other benefits that executives tout as a high priority and important to the company such as safety and quality.

In my 40 plus years in the asset management world, I’ve worked hard to elevate the importance of asset management and help corporate executives understand why they should be concerned and interested in these traditionally very technical aspects of running an industrial company. It’s something I am very passionate about and I’m looking forward to sharing this knowledge at Mainstream Conference 2017.Continue reading

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The 5 Characteristics of High Performing Organisations

peak-299011_1920No organisation is immune to things going wrong. Machines fail, parts malfunction and human error is something that simply can’t be avoided. But for NASA, failures can have very large scale implications.

So how do you manage these inherent risks?  It requires high performing, high reliability teams and the backbone of it all is good leadership. During Mainstream Conference 2016, Ed Van Cise, Flight Director for the International Space Station, pulled back the curtain on NASA’s culture and revealed the secrets of its high performing, high reliability team.

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Three Ways to Improve ROI Through Asset Management

ROI Asset ManagementOver the last 20 years, discussions on asset management have moved from fix-as-fail to to the introduction of ISO 55 000 and the acknowledgement that asset management is a generator of value. Modern asset management recognises that our assets have inherent organisational value, they impact organisational performance and they influence organisational risk. But convincing the power brokers of the organisation that this is the case can be a real challenge.

As a member of the asset management organisation, you can demonstrate that you bring value to the organisation as a whole. Even if you work for an asset management organisation that is far removed from the corporate structure of your company, you can still create a movement to influence the organisation to acknowledge asset management as a generator of value.Continue reading

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Identifying Pain Points for Asset Management Professionals

Roundtable discussion groupAs a Program Director, I often get asked how I decide on what goes into the Mainstream Conference program each year. While finding the people and organisations with the best stories is an important part of putting the event together, what many people don’t realise is that the research process starts long before the event planning even begins – usually 6 months out from the conference – when we get the community together in a series of roundtable discussion groups (or RTDs). It’s in these RTDs that we uncover and unpack the most pressing issues that are facing the Asset Management community. The challenges that keep them up at night and often prevent them from moving their teams and businesses forward.

Each roundtable discussion group involves around 20 people who sit around a… well… a round table! These people are real practitioners in the industry – Asset Managers, Maintenance Managers, Reliability Professionals – we want to speak to the people in the thick of it who are managing teams, driving strategic thinking, leading transformation projects and living the complexities that come with that every day.Continue reading

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Asset Management 2017: Industry Snapshot

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As senior asset management leaders we strive for operational excellence. We know how important asset management is in a company’s ability to increase productivity, and to demonstrate continuous improvement. The fact is we rely on our assets to make money. We need to disrupt the mindset that asset management simply equals maintenance – it doesn’t. The current climate is right for engaging senior management in long-term asset management strategy and ensuring our organisations are set up to for continuous improvement.

How do we make asset management the value proposition that we know it needs to be? How can we maximise asset performance through stakeholder engagement, operational excellence and reliability?  As we set plans for 2017 and beyond, asset management practitioners are asking themselves these and other questions.

In a recent series of roundtable discussion groups, senior professionals revealed what is happening within their organisations and the wider community with regard to the barriers and opportunities to achieving asset management excellence. This report presents the results and explores some of the challenges facing asset intensive industries and the enablers which will lead the path towards change.Continue reading

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On Demand Recording: Leadership in a High Performing, High Reliability Organisation (NASA)

Implementation and operation of human spaceflight missions is challeNASA_Mainstream_Conferencenging, requiring support from on-board crews and Earth-based flight operations teams. Responding to the changing environment and mission in and beyond Earth’s orbit, as well as managing the inherent risks, requires high performing, highly reliable flight control teams.

Ed Van Cise is the International Space Station Flight Director at NASA. Ed has led multiple space missions and is accountable for critical decisions affecting mission success.

This recorded session (slides synchronized with audio) from Mainstream Conference 2016 explores the subject of leadership within the context of International Space Station Mission Control based on Ed’s personal experiences.

Download this video to learn:

  • The common traits of high performing and high reliability organisations
  • A case study on incident involving a malfunctioning piece if equipment and how Ed and his team dealt with this near disaster
  • What role does culture play in successful organisations?
  • What you can learn from NASA’s experience

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On-Demand Recording: Improving ROI Through Asset Management

Nancy Johnson SessionWhether you’re a planner, a manager or C-suite executive, your Asset Management strategy either contributes to, or detracts from, the bottom line. Generating ROI for a plant or facility requires a sound strategy based on lifecycle management and the commitment of people. It’s not rocket science. It simply requires that plants be viewed like a financial portfolio. We wouldn’t manage our financial portfolio by memory, so why then, would we manage plants that way?

In this top rated keynote presentation from Mainstream Conference 2016, Nancy presents a series of fascinating case studies – covering risk, data, ROI, regulation and ISO 55000 – to show you how asset management reduces risk, increases value and improves market position.Continue reading

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Video: Is the Maintenance Policy the OEM Gave You, Right? – the Blackhawk, the Chinook and ROI.

Clarrie Sanders MainstreamDespite not being supported by post-graduate degree qualified RAM engineers, the Army Aviation System Program (in Darling Downs, QLD) has an exceptional organic Maintenance Requirements Determination (MRD) capability.

In this video of his session from Mainstream Conference 2016, Clarrie Sanders shows you how they built their team, capability, tools and data in support of maintenance optimisation. He also examines a number of case studies for the Black Hawk and Chinook helicopters, highlighting the value of MRD in generating capability, reducing cost of ownership and return on investment.

 

 

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Video: Planning for Failures: Using a Toothbrush to Repair a Space Station

NASA_Ed Van Cise_Mainstream ConferenceNASA’s International Space Station is a unique off-world research laboratory where out of this world science is conducted every day. It is also a remote outpost in space that requires reliable hardware and software, reliable maintenance and logistics planning, and well-trained crews, operators, and engineers to work through contingencies.

So, what does NASA have to do with your own maintenance and reliability challenges? More than you might think.

The methods used by the leadership laboratory that is Mission Control for managing this unique spacecraft can be directly mapped to management of your operations and assets. This even includes using a toothbrush to save a spacewalk.

Ed Van Cise, NASA’s International Space Station Flight Director, gave a keynote address at Mainstream Conference 2016.

Download this video to discover:

  • How NASA plans for International Space Station logistics, supportability, and maintainability.
  • Insights into the operational models and mindsets being used to execute those plans as well as how to respond when the plans change or simply do not work.
  • How the culture and methodology for Flight Operations has been an enabler for mission success in over 50 years of human spaceflight.

Fill in the form below to download the video of Ed’s Keynote address at Mainstream Conference 2016.Continue reading

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