One of the hallmarks of great companies is their confidence in the information in their system (ours is IHMS). They embrace an idea named “Data Stewardship”. To the person, they understand that data is invaluable as a resource and can be incredibly powerful when making decisions – both small and great. A “steward” is simply someone who carefully manages a valuable resource. Each of us is a steward and contribute to the quality of our company information. But it takes all of us sharing this perspective to make a difference. What makes a person care about data stewardship? It happens when they realize good data leads to useful tools for them.
Let me give you an example. If all production team members worked to keep their schedules current – we would have a complete understanding of each trade’s load every single day. If we had that level of insight – we could immediately identify when any trade’s workload exceeds their capacity and we could address it before a delay in the field occurs. Imagine that – we would have a crystal ball to know when any trade was at risk of being overloaded, and we can make a vendor change decision so the schedule can be met. This is just one of many examples of how good data stewardship can enable a high-performing team to operate at an unprecedented level.
The key – good data isn’t just about keeping IHMS current so a dashboard is accurate. It goes to the very lifeblood of the company. It is about making the right decisions quickly and this can only be done with accurate information. Each of us have decisions to make every single day. These decisions can be quick, effective, and correct if we each pursue being good stewards of our second most valuable resource (you are the first, information is second). If you have any questions about how you impact our data, please reach out to me.