All entries for Sunday 05 May 2013
May 05, 2013
Data collection is the main source of developing organizational knowledge. However, this can be put into perspective if employees are aware of the value of sharing knowledge to the organization. It is only then an organization can work as a single entity with an integrated knowledge of thousands of employees.
Knowledge management is not only about having collegues share the same knowledge. it is also about integrating functional boundaries in an overlapping manner where knowledge gaps and duplication of effort is eliminated.
There are various tools help to understand this aspect such as forums and blogs. However, there should be an executive effort to integrate functional knowledge using systems thinking to have an organization that combines all efforts towards the improvement of overall performance
Asset reliability is an essential part of asset management. Failure to manage it is failure to succeed. It can result in loosing customer satisfaction, profitability and possibly lost of lives. Maintenance plays a significant role in holding the asset performance to a reliable level as failures are predicted and controlled. Reliability requires sufficient understanding of the used assets which can be achieved by developing a useful knowledge management system.
This aspect is important as it saves cost of faliure, cost of customer dissatisfaction and most importantly human safety.
Assessing possible system failure using fault tree analysis and other troubles shooting tools can help demonstrate critical aspects of an asset. Following, process operators should be aware of it, risk mitigation plans should be created and reliability should be enhanced. THis can eliminate the risk of COPQ. Upon successful use of KM an organization can then improve its operating standards, meet and exceed regulatory legislation and continuously develop the sector as suggested by EFQM.
maintenance is considered as a burden on organisational operating cost as it consumes lot of money with the hope to get it back in reliability and extending the asset lifecycle. The use of Lean can have a significant effect on maintenance performance especially when considering operating working capital. lot of cash is tied up in inventory, while the use of lean principles can improve processes work flow and eliminate was
This can have great benefit when major maintenance tasks are carried out and machineries have to be turned of and production stops. using VSM can illustrate value adding tasks to increase the speed of the task and reduce its overhead cost.
My employer is constantly acquiring new aircrafts and demand on training is increasing noticeably. The use of lean can ensure cope with this demand and reduction in current maintenance cost while also benefiting the department cash flow. This can be started as mapping every week scheduled maintenance to involve only value adding steps and eliminating all forms of waste. This will also give more time for engineers to give attention to other aspects of the asset management to improve the quality and reliability of pilots training. This also shows that there is a strong link between KBAM and organisational learning as focusing asset management improves the organisational knowledge on its existing assets.
Knowledge is organization's ultimate asset, it is used to operate all physical assets. The main concept of knowledge management is to provide the necessary knowledge for each employee to maximize the productivity of his/her job. This follow 4 steps acquisition, storing, disseminating and using. IT is one of the useful tools to facilitate knowledge management and simplify access to it.
KM is ver important where complex work environment. ensuring the required knowledge availability and accessibility can play a significant role in standardizing an organizational performance to the desired level. it also help in continuous improvement and sustainability.
One of the problems we face at work is that for the devices we maintain there are hundreds of documentations, yet some roles are solely dependent on key people as they hold certain tacit knowledge. It would be useful to carry out a robustness test by trying to carry out sampled tasks by referring to existing documentations and procedures, identify gaps and bridge the gap by developing the existing KM system. there are useful tools also to assess the current standing such as KM Maturity Model. Such initiative can be the first step towards organizational learning.