If there is one infallible truth in manufacturing ERP software, it's that you will never run out of things to learn. Technology is always changing and regardless of whether you hate change or thrive on it, it is coming. So how better to deal with it than to take it by the horns and run with it? Learning to embrace change brings with it a certain peace; a "letting go" of sorts that leaves you feeling empowered. It also allows you the confidence to say "bring it on."
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Every Monday morning, I participate in a tried and true 15 minute practice for increasing communication in any type of workplace - whether you are a manufacturing plant or a software development company. Our communication exercise is simply titled, Weekly Highlights. My Highlights are a brief summary of what my department, Quality Assurance, and I achieved the previous week and what we look forward to accomplishing in the upcoming week. This takes about 15 minutes to write and then I submit it for compilation by noon. By about 2 p.m., I receive the compiled IQMS version.
I grew up in the 60s and I don’t mind admitting that I really liked the Star Trek series. It was about the future, it had adventure and it always ended with a moral theme. Captain Kirk and his crew would use technology to get themselves in and out of terrible peril. Many times they would rely on their trusty tricorders to get the job done. This fictional, multifunctional handheld device was used for sensor scanning, data analysis and recording data in an alien environment. Time and time again, it was invaluable in a crew member’s decision making process.
Everyone likes to back up decisions we make and ideas we have with facts. It makes us feel that we did our due diligence, weighed options and made a commitment based on valuable reasoning. But what happens when the presentation of facts is out of context or hinders the meaning behind them? Instead of simply taking what is being said as the end-all-be-all, the trick of the consumer is to remember to look at the source for clues in differentiating germane from immaterial fact.