Deep Dives can Augment a Typical Improvement Program as Priorities Change
On any project where SLATE is being used, there is an inherent ability to respond to unexpected occurrences or natural evolutions where systemic adjustments need to be made in what is being monitored.
As an example, SLATE may be in place and monitoring quality related activities. Let’s assume, suddenly a major accident occurs. SLATE can add a campaign immediately (within hours) to “deep dive” safety. Inspectors can be added or redirected to fine comb the site and give immediate and measured feedback to the workers and management in real-time.
To continue the example, the “deep dive’ may be less relevant after certain improvements are ingrained. The focus can then be redirected to other high priority items, while the safety inspections may be “normalized”.
Another approach might be to determine early that granular oversight is needed for, say, boiler pressure parts field welding. A detailed campaign can be initiated early to achieve this objective, beginning to end, leaving the other quality related inspections to be more routine.
With the SLATE system, there really isn’t anything which cannot be measured for transparency to all stakeholders and workers. From a training perspective, there is no better method of improvement than to receive immediate and measured feedback.
With SLATE, supervision, management, and where needed executives, see the same information. This aligns the parties around known facts and makes change and improvement discussions much easier.
SLATE is perhaps best viewed as a tool to shape site culture and performance.