June 2002

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HP Reliability: Delegating responsibility brings benefits

You're probably familiar with texts such as Machinery Failure Analysis and Troubleshooting (ISBN 0-88415-662-1) that explore competing approaches to machinery troubleshooting. One of these is the "Mr...

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

You're probably familiar with texts such as Machinery Failure Analysis and Troubleshooting (ISBN 0-88415-662-1) that explore competing approaches to machinery troubleshooting. One of these is the "Mr. Machinery approach," whereby sole responsibility of a facility's machinery fate rests on a single person, Mr. Machinery. His batting average is usually good. He can make the trouble go away. He is used to calling the shots. He is very valuable to your company. Unfortunately, there can be a downside to your over-dependence on Mr. Machinery. You thought you had placed constraints on his excessive independence by asking him to be part of the reliability team, but Mr. Machinery is known to "go it

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