Setting Disciplined Priorities when Prioritizing Maintenance Work

by Christer Idhammar
Posted 6/7/2004

A Maintenance Planning and Scheduling Perspective

Priority, as defined in the Franklin Dictionary, means “coming before in time, order, or importance.” When prioritizing maintenance work, one must consider its importance to the entire company in question. My experience shows that, in the real world of most maintenance departments, you can classify priorities in two groups: Emotional priorities and real priorities.

EMOTIONAL PRIORITIES. An emotional priority is one that is based on feelings instead of objective judgment of importance. The importance of the maintenance work is judged only as it relates to the production area where the requester works. Continue reading →