Budgeting Strategies: A Recipe for Success

Like many of you, I have a budget to manage my personal life. The budget ensures I have the funds available to pay the mortgage, electricity, water,...

Technician Productivity: Strategies for Success

Have you ever woken up and not wanted to go to work? You just don’t feel like working some days.

I have. Those were the longest days of my life. All...

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Is anyone else like me? There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t measure something. I’m a triathlete, so I measure an unusual amount of stuff. How many miles I run, bike or swim? I...

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Adding it up

What does all this math add up to? If managers do it properly, the calculations can determine when a piece of equipment might fail or the probability of when it will fail....

We constantly strive to find the silver bullet to make our lives and jobs better. We look for a road map that will guide us to where we need to be. Quality systems are prime examples of this...

“Deferred maintenance is the practice of postponing maintenance activities, such as repairs on both real property — infrastructure — and personal property — equipment and systems — in order to...

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Sometimes, we fool ourselves into thinking a bad deal is actually a bargain. My neighbors built their home in 2008 at the beginning of the housing crash. They chose to heat the home...

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Many happy returns

Two key concepts are crucial to understand for managers starting the process of making a financial case for a project or purchase.

ROI is a financial calculation...

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When formally and professionally presenting the proposal, managers need to include an executive summary of the overall spending, adding details, time frames, and milestones when...

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Have you ever had a discussion with your significant other about non-value-added activities? For instance, why rake leaves when the wind eventually will blow them intothe neighbor’s...