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Measure Twice, Cut Once

Measure Twice, Cut OnceCarpenters like to say, “Measure twice, cut once.” A comedian took a cue from this to come up with, “I cut it twice and it’s still too short.”

So often, we like to save time by taking a shortcut somewhere. Planning is often one of those “somewheres”.

Suppose you need to install a dozen T8 units in a new office area. You drive out to the job, and look around. Then you drive back to the shop for the spools of wire and other supplies. You drop those off, then visit your electrical distributor to pick up those lights. How much time did you just waste by doing these steps out of sequence instead of making one trip to the job site (and stopping at your distributor on the way)?

Before you mobilize, plan the mobilization. Mobilization is often a huge area for reducing inefficiency. One reason it’s inefficient is the planning is often ad hoc, with a “measure” missing and an extra “cut” or two needed. So develop a mobilization work flow that outlines the discrete steps needed for an efficient mobilization.

You can factor in specialization to reduce costs even further. For example, do you really want your electricians loading the service vans, picking up parts, and making various stops enroute to the job site when you can have a much less expensive helper doing those functions?

Source: Mark Lamendola | Mindconnection