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Avoiding Production Fire Drills

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_hm
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Re: Avoiding fire drills
_hm   4/30/2012 8:47:45 PM
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@Barbara: I agree with you. 80-20 rule is more appropriate.

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Barbara Jorgensen   4/30/2012 3:21:46 PM
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Bolaji: I don't think fire drills can be avoided entirely. No matter how well prepared you are -- and Douglas seems to anticipate every contingency -- there will also be something that goes haywire. I think if you can cover the 80 percent (in the 80 - 20 rule) you are doing pretty well. I've had a couple of situations recently where "I didn't see that coming" -- just some bizarre circumstances that must be influenced by tides, the Santa Ana winds, global warming or Murphy's Law. Now, it's funny. But then....

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TaimoorZ   4/29/2012 1:37:17 AM
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I recently took part in a fire drill at my organization. What they have done is to have a fire incharge in every department who's responsible for ensuring evacuation of all the members in the departments. The fire incharge has a list of all the members under him and he/she cannot evacuate unless all the members of the department have left the building safely. Seemed like a pretty neat setup to me.

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TaimoorZ   4/29/2012 1:27:02 AM
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"Also managing new concept, design, performance achievement and providing all these required documents to CM on-time is very challenging."

@Hm: I agree that managing component inventory on these guidelines can be time consuming in the short term but I guess it will result in savings in the long run because there will be less glitches in production. Also, it may be time consuming for your engineers if they are not trained to manage the components this way. Once they develop their expertise, they can do it in lesser time.


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_hm   4/28/2012 10:40:48 PM
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@Douglas: For this to happen, it needs 11-12 hours a day of work and 10 hrs work on weekend for engineer. After this also you walk very close to fire calls.

 

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Douglas Alexander   4/28/2012 9:10:02 PM
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Bolaji,

I think the best way of handling a fire is exemplified by the city fire department. Since what they do is handle fires, aside from fire prevention through inspection and  code enforcement and approval (Initial Quality Audit), knowing things will  can and will go wrong they:

1. Expect or Anticipate a fire (be ready)

2. They have the proper equipment and back-up supplies to combat the various kinds of fire (Every fire has unique characteristics and procedures for mitigating)

3. They have a cross-trained work force (In case of an unaticipated absence or injury)

4. They have specific people uniquely skilled for the particular nature of the fire and the complications engendered thereby.

5. They work as a team

6. There is a fire foreman calling the shots and keeping the eye on the big picture

7. They have back up or fall back plans

8. They can call in extra support from outside their own department

9. They take pride in their work

10. They respond rapidly but don't lose thier organization or heads

11. They stay with it until the fire is out

12. They learn from each fire and incorporate that learning into subsequent fights

You take it from there.

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bolaji.ojo   4/28/2012 8:05:44 PM
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Douglas, Is it always possible even after following your detailed prescription for a company to completely avoid a fire drill during or after production? And, if it cannot be avoided, what are the essential steps to taking care of a fire emergency?

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bolaji.ojo   4/28/2012 8:03:24 PM
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Barb, You always had something to add, even if it was only "well said." Aside from this, though, from your experience, (and theoretically speaking, of course) can a production fire drill really be avoided? By the way, I'll also be asking Douglas the same question.

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Hospice_Houngbo   4/28/2012 7:20:10 PM
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@_hm:

 "Also managing new concept, design, performance achievement and providing all these required documents to CM on-time is very challenging."

I can understand that. That is why this is a team work and everything goes smoothly when the team is well coordinated.

_hm
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_hm   4/28/2012 8:12:22 AM
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I agree with you Barbra. This is very good and inforamtive article. However, even after following all these procedures, we do undergo fire drills on occasions. This is due to extreme speed of project and pressure of time to market. Also managing new concept, design, performance achievement and providing all these required documents to CM on-time is very challenging.

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