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Palmer's Planning Corner: The politics of maintenance scheduling

Take a savvier approach to maintenance scheduling to ensure the work gets done

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Of all things, I saw a Chuckle Berry cartoon in Plant Services magazine more than 20 years ago that terrifically helped me understand how scheduling really works. The picture was just a bunch of people sitting around a table. (That wasn’t funny.) But the caption was hilarious: “As the meeting turned into a brooding frenzy, Harry observed that planning was more of a technical skill while scheduling was more political in nature.” What a great truth! Planning is more of a technical skill. Once planners understand that they can’t be perfect, they can crank out job plans by the truckload and use the Deming Cycle to improve them over time. In this manner, they can…

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