Intent of most of the automation systems is to improve productivity, safety or sustainability. Although, many of the automation solutions end up less than optimal and the return on investment is just not as good as envisioned.
The food packaging and process automation industry is huge and there are multiple suppliers, service providers and integrators. As running costs increase, technologies advance and production challenges increase, automation continues to permeate our industry at a growing pace. Why is it that some companies have multiple success stories and there are companies where some projects haven't provided intended benefits.
What is the main factor that distinguishes successful projects from less than optimal projects?
Most of the times the purpose of having a dedicated project is to reduce the risk factor in meeting the business deliverables and manage investment effectively. Although, cost overruns, quality or safety concerns, missed deadlines, scope creeps seem to be happening quite often.
Some of the reasons attributed to projects lacklustre performance can be classified under...
1. Unrealistic expectations.
2. Lack of understanding of the current process.
3. Poor partner selection.
There are multiple processes, resources and systems that can help us to plan better and have better projects outcome. Why is it that sometimes we end up fire fighting rather than eliminating the root cause of the problems.
There are multiple techniques to find out the contributing reasons for a project failure and we can spend days discussing, deliberating and conducting FMEA, FMECA, FTA OR ETA OR whatever tool we want to use to do the autopsy..
I usually want to look at one significant reason that makes the most difference to the result and the photo in this article sums it up pretty well...
What do you think is the main cause of a project failure at your place?
Are there any automation solutions at your place that haven't gone as well as intended?
How do you ensure success of project deliverables at your place?