As I interact with people who participate in and manage shutdowns, I sometimes wonder if we really appreciate the true meaning of the term “critical path”. Yes, it is represented by the most important jobs on the shutdown, and you might be able to look at a list of tasks to be performed during the shutdown and guess at those that will be on the critical path with a medium level of accuracy. But can you identify it with any high degree of certainty? If you can identify it, what do you do with this knowledge?
Abnormalities are represented by the defects that enter our assets (point P on the P-F curve) and that will eventually lead to a loss of function from that asset – what we consider a failure (point F on the P-F curve).
Let me make this one very simple. If you want to be an administrator, tell people what to do. If you want to be a true leader (and you do), tell people where we are going. Give them a reason and purpose for what we do. This is the value of a simple Key Performance Indicator (KPI).
Let me start by telling you something you already know – there is no such thing as a perfect job plan. We must continually learn from our experiences and strive to make those small adjustments to our job plans that will improve our performance. This is a career-long commitment – the only time it ends is when we retire and then it becomes someone else’s problem.
Which of the following groups is overloaded with work, and which one can handle more work?
It may be hard to believe, but the success or failure of your shutdown (outage, turnaround) is determined long before you shut down the equipment and begin the event. While many treat the shutdown as a marathon event that must be survived, the insightful among us know that it is the actions that occur in the t-12 months, t-6 months, t-2 weeks, and even t+2 weeks time frames that really determine the success or failure of our efforts.
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Shutdowns (Turnarounds, Outages) seem to be a big topic in my life lately. We as a maintenance and reliability community are starting to realize that these necessary events are an opportunity for returning value to the organization. It makes me wonder if there are other examples of these types of activities out there that we can learn from.
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