A Tale of 5 Factories: At Which Stage Is Your Factory?

Every engineering plant is usually a tale of one of these 5 factories. A Tale of 5 Factories is nothing but a description of the different levels at which a factory can exist. At the first level of this pyramid, no factory would desire to be there, yet over time, it somehow becomes normal for

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My Journey As a Young Ugandan Engineer

I have been very lucky to have learned from the very best in the course of my Engineering career. When I want to learn something, I always look out for the best places and the best people then I will do everything possible to learn from them.   At the end of every academic year

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My Experience As A Plant Maintenance Planner

The planner at my workplace went on leave and as you can guess, I was asked to step in his big shoes for three weeks. I was scared, I couldn’t imagine that now everything concerning reliability of the plant was my direct responsibility. Over time, I have learned to use fear as a compass pointing

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Dear Engineering Graduates, Calm Down, You’re Not Yet Engineers

Today, I may ruffle some feathers, the political correctness police may hold me hostage. Yet if we blogged just to please everyone, then we would not be bloggers, we would be parrots. First, I am a young engineer, so I am not having a personal vendetta of sorts, I am in a way, writing a

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Why Zero Thinking Is The First Step To Lean Excellence?

In 2013, I was had my industrial training at Eskom Uganda Limited. Eskom has a concession to manage Uganda’s two power plants of Nalubaale and Kiira. At the time I was there, we were on the race to celebrating 1000 days of zero injuries. As an engineer in the pipeline, this landmark left an imprint

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Six Sigma: What is DMAIC?

The last time I made an appeal of Six Sigma, I scratched the surface of DMAIC and DMADV. As I said, DMAIC was for processes already exisiting while DMADV was for new processes, yet to be rolled out. The changes happen at the last steps, where DMAIC has Improve and Control, DMADV has Design and

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Six Sigma: Shall We?

In my previous post, I noted that as Sigma Level increases, cost and cycle time go down. But what the heavens is Six Sigma? What is Sigma anyway? Is it a metric? A Methodology or even a management system? Well, it’s all the three. Six Sigma is a quality management methodology that uses different theories

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The Basics of Supply Chain Management

At the heart of the Ford Car Assembly line, the ideals of supply chain management were birthed. The Ford Supply Chain thus became a precursor to all supply chains. Behind every product, there is a supply chain. Right now, you are probably reading this from a laptop or mobile phone. Behind that phone is a

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The One Thing You Need To Know About Social Media

“Here and there but almost nowhere.” That describes the approach of most Ugandans to social media. I was recently asked by a colleague for advice on social media. I told him; “Pick one social media platform, master it, milk it dry, before you can move on to the next.” I was barely 15 years old

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Timing Is Everything For Startup Success

I had a discussion with one of my friends. I told him that whereas startups such as Kaymu, Jumia, Hellofood and many others were yet to begin making abnormal profits, it was all a matter of time. I told him that everything we can’t seem to see about online businesses will become clear in the

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