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June 25, 2014

Asset management. The dissertation?

I am writing on my dissertation today, and am drawn towards blogging mainly as I have an interesting idea of asset management, but may also be procrastinating from the dissertation...

My idea is that the concept of asset management within an organisation is in a way similar to us students writing our dissertation. My reasoning for this is farily simple, and maybe I am making a very ambiguous link between the two concepts, but hear me out. Asset management focuses on concepts such as space management, time management, and as we all know, is about trying to maximise the asset to get the most value from it. Well to us, our dissertation is kind of an asset. It is something that will make our degree (the difference between passing, failing, getting distinction etc.) and will make us as people (opening the door to get a job, developing key knowledge in a certain specified area relevant to our dissertation).

The management of this asset comes from ourselves. Just linking the concept to facilities management. I could work on my dissertaton in an environment and space that is not conducive to good work, such as staying at home watching TV, distracted by my guitars or being told by my mum to help pack things as we are moving house on Thursday. Maybe I should go home and help pack. Back on topic I could work, like I am now, in the library, a better environment for me with books, peace, and an environment/culture of working. My only real distraction here is deciding to blog!!! This is again applicable to ideas such as as maintenance, do I just write a section of my dissertation and then leave it, or do I go back to maintain, improve and make sure it works with the new sections added? Even design and build links, do I take time making sure everything is structurally well placed with references and everything, or do I leave it all to the last minute spending every minute of every day during the last two weeks of August working like mad trying to get it done?

So bit of an odd link, but whilst working on my dissertation I thouhgt there was a slight link between the two and I thought I'd share my views. Asset management should make something that seems big, daunting and almost impossible easy (or easier!).Think of the huge amount of effort involved in managing the assets if you are staging a World Cup like FIFA are, or you operate an airlines as big as British Airways, or a postal service like Royal Mail. If you were told to maintain these assets, you'd think it impossible but asset management breaks things down and makes it simpler. Like with our dissertation, constantly maintaining the work rather than doing it all at the end, working in an environment and space that helps productivity, allocating correct time management can all make the task much easier!

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