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Maintenance and Reliability in a Changed World | Virtual Summit
August 6, 2020 at 1:00pm ET

The New Normal for Continual Improvement

James Reyes-Picknell, Principal Consultant, Conscious Asset

The ‘New Normal’ of the Maintenance and Reliability World

During the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic we all got used to isolation and distance. Many jobs moved to home offices, and those that could not, shifted to skeleton crews and different working hours to minimize contact. Training and consulting work was all slashed. Anything that might require groups to gather was gone. Yet those group sessions – training, pilot project work, facilitated meetings and even just getting help with that project you were running – disappeared.

Now that they are used to the lowered operating costs, companies won’t want to go back, except where necessary. So what is necessary? Can companies live with the status quo? Disappointing performance before Covid-19 is probably unchanged today. How will that improve? If you needed help before, won’t you need it now too?

This presentation will offer ideas for keeping up the continual improvement efforts in a newly distanced world.

James Reyes-Picknell is the author of Uptime – Strategies for Excellence in Maintenance Management and Reliability Centered Maintenance – Reengineered. He is a Mechanical Engineer with over 40 years Reliability, Maintenance and Asset Management experience.

James is widely regarded as a subject matter expert in ensuring the delivery of value from physical assets. His experience spans a wide range of industries, public and private sector, all dependent on physical assets for their success.

His career includes naval service, petro-chemicals, aerospace, shipbuilding, project management, software implementation, management consulting, and training delivery. He is a professional engineer, certified management consultant, certified maintenance and reliability professional, maintenance management professional, certified asset management assessor, and certified blockchain professional.

He is also the 2016 recipient of Sergio Guy Award for outstanding contributions to the profession, presented by PEMAC.