The Collaboration Culture Change Blog

Jam-packed with actionable ideas for eliminating email overload and information chaos in your organization and personal work life.

Using a SharePoint Meeting Page to Make Meeting Agendas Flow

The Situation

All generating stations conducted morning management meetings by various names. Much of the time spent in those meetings was monologue in nature. Shift supervisors from the night shift told incoming management personnel what had transpired overnight, and incoming management...

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Outage Reporting – Using Upward Reporting to Capture Lessons Learned

The Situation

Maintenance outages are a stressful and action-packed time for electric generating stations. It is not a small deal when a utility idles a large generating unit because if things go badly and return to service is delayed, that unit’s generation may not be available for peak...

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Hot Work Permit Log – Consolidating Electronic and Hard Copy Logs into a Single Location with Short Notice

The Situation

During an internal safety audit one morning more than ten years ago, it was discovered that a large generating station’s Hot Work Permitting Logs were insufficient and not up-to-date. Hot Work is defined as any work that involves burning, welding, using spark-producing tools,...

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Op Model Assessments - Reducing the Cost of Assessments by 50% with SharePoint

The Situation
We developed an Operating Model during merger transition work in 2005. The “Op Model” became the bible of generating station management at the new company. It prescribed detailed operating, maintenance, and financial management methods.

Adherence was expected of station...

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Generating Station Visitor/Contractor Log – Eliminating Phone Calls and Emails

The Situation

After 9/11, generating stations came under a lot of pressure from Homeland Security to shore up security at their entrances for the sake of the country’s electrical grid. Additionally, generating stations generally use a considerable amount of contractor labor. Maintaining...

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Reduce Non-Value-Added Computer Time to Increase Time on the Shop Floor

A station manager recently confided to me that he was frustrated that he was mandated to get his supervisors out on the shop floor at least 50% of their days at work. "How can I do that when 70% of their work is on the computer?" he lamented.

I felt his pain; I thought the same when I heard the...

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