< Back to Tips

How To Achieve An Uptime Elements Black Belt

Do or do not – there is no try ~ Yoda

Are you one of those people who will not start a project until planning is close to perfect?

The Uptime Elements Black Belt program is designed to acknowledge action-oriented projects that reflect the holistic approach to reliability. These projects are not designed as multi-year Mega-Projects as we know those have a 70% failure rate.

In the Reliability Leadership Institute Community of Practice we focus on small actions done on a scheduled and consistent basis. We use 3 Month Orbits to launch small single focus projects with a 90-day completion goal.

The basic steps include:

  1. Selecting Goal One (what is the most important thing you can do to contribute to the organization objectives that you can complete in the next 3 months)
  2. Write down how Goal One aligns to your organizational objectives
  3. Create 2 Leading Indicators that predict the goal and that you have direct influence over
  4. Create 1 Lagging Indicator related to Goal One
  5. Create a FUN, simple and highly visible scorecard
  6. Wire down the steps you will need to take to achieve Goal One

Every member in the Reliability Leadership Institute Community of Practice is expected to complete four 3-Month Obits each year. If they manage a team – they are encouraged to enlist their individual team members to do the same. One member who leads a motivated team of Certified Reliability Leaders has completed over one hundred 3 Month orbits in the past year alone.

An Uptime Elements Black Belt can be earned by any Certified Reliability Leader who submits 5 Uptime Elements Black Belt projects; one for each Uptime Element Knowledge Domain including:

  • Reliability Engineering for Maintenance
  • Asset Condition Management
  • Work Execution Management
  • Leadership for Reliability
  • Asset Management

While you are busy planning to be perfect, these motivated reliability leaders are busy moving the reliability needle in their organization – one small project at a time.

This tip was provided by Terrence O'Hanlon
CEO/Publisher Uptime Magazine
Reliabilityweb.com

For more information, contact blackbelt@reliabilityweb.com.