Boost Performance with Planning and Scheduling


Hi. I’m Bill Wilder, the Executive
Director of Life Cycle Institute, the learning, leadership, and change
management practice at Life Cycle Engineering. For more than 30
years, we have been researching, benchmarking, documenting, and applying
best practices in maintenance and reliability. During that 30+ years,
the one thing that we have seen time and again is that work management is one of
the biggest areas that people can have impact. So, if you’re not planning 90
percent of your work, you have an opportunity. That is to apply best
practices in your work management. Now, over this period we’ve been offering
a program for maintenance planners and schedulers. It remains one of our most
popular programs and it remains one of the areas that we are called on most to help
our clients with. It is a class that helps build competency in the basic
blocking and tackling of work management. The job estimating, the job
prioritization, the kitting, the scheduling of the work, the following
through on the PO’s. But, over that same 30-year period, we’ve discovered there’s more to it. One is, you go to a three-day class and then you need the
tools and you need the resources and documentation to apply it. So, we’ve
developed an e-learning course that covers that same content, but it’s more
than a course, it’s a toolkit. Your templates are in there, your processes
are documented there, so now it makes it much easier to have a standard work
across your planning and scheduling workforce. It also makes it easier to
bring new planners onto the team and perhaps most importantly it begins that
process of bringing in the rest of the organization that you’re so dependent on
in order to achieve that 90% number. Which leads us to the next component of
our overall work management portfolio. The Managing Planning and Scheduling
program is a three-day class. It’s designed for the people that lead the
planners and schedulers, or support them in a management role. It includes program management, it includes the standardized work, it includes how do you measure it and
the metrics that you use and how those contribute to the overall organizational
goals. It also involves coaching and staff development and how to build a
strong planning and scheduling team that involves not just
the planners and schedulers, but the rest of the organization. We feel like this is
a very important addition to our portfolio on Work Management. So much so, that this course is the required course, or one of the required courses, in our
Maintenance Management Certification program. Today, in our Work Management
portfolio, we have three parts. It’s our three-day Maintenance Planning
and Scheduling course, our eMPS elearning toolkit, and our Managing Planning and
Scheduling course. We encourage you to take a look at those. To see more
about that, you can visit us at LCE.com where you can see examples of some of
the programs in the eMPS program, as well as the templates and so
forth. Of course, you’re welcome to come there as well to register. So, LCE.com or [email protected]

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