Us vs Ourselves: How We Track Our Own Productivity

Safer. Better. Faster. Cheaper (in that order) is the Ei mantra. But it’s more than a mission – it’s our place within the industry, the niche we fill.

Just how is it that we deliver without sacrificing quality? The answer is simple: we’re obsessed with improving productivity and processes. And every little bit adds up to put money back into our client’s coffers: our last 3 LDAR projects saved clients over half a million each. That’s a cost savings of up to 50%.

For the last 6 weeks, we’ve shown you how we do it. We’ve showcased the efficient planning, approaches, and execution we use to improve productivity. We’ve shared our favorite safety tools and technology with you – free software and apps – that any LDAR monitoring contractor can use to execute their projects.

Now it’s time to show you how we track it.

In this week’s blog, we’ll be talking about productivity. Now there’s two ways we track productivity. The first is against the industry average (that’s the easy part – our processes knock the industry average out of the park), and against ourselves (now that’s a challenge).

Part 1 of this 2-part post shows how we’ve done on this project and the methods we use to track ourselves and keep us at our best. Part 2 will address what this means against the industry average; we’ll be using our best estimate to understand just how big a difference Ei technology makes when compared to traditional LDAR work methods.

It’s important to note that we collect data each and every day to track not only how well we did that day, but understand our timeline to overall project completion. Yes, we’re data junkies. Keeping track of how we did across time per task positions us to notice any changes in trends and react quickly and responsibly. This is so crucial to staying on schedule, capturing lessons learned, and discovering best practices.

For example, we can see we had our best flagging day on the 10th in Figure 1. Why is that? Was it the sunny weather or did we just hit our stride? In fact, on that day our team entered a ground-level blending rack that was substantially quicker to flag. What about our low on the 3rd? Oh yeah, we lost time due to rain. It’s a bummer, but now at least we can predict what to expect if another storm comes around, and we’ll be able to adjust with surgical precision, knowing just how much time we’ll need to make it up.

The same logic applies to our tagging and documenting work in Figures 2 and 3. What’s more, when we track our data we are motivated to do our best. It’s inspiring to see improvement across time, and there’s no slacking off when there’s a record of what we can expect from ourselves.

Finally, there’s our Daily Productivity Tracker (Figure 4). As you can see, it keeps track of where we’re at on the project every day. It’s great for understanding our progress towards completion, and that’s crucial for everyone on the team. So often Project Managers are the only one with this kind of overview, but we find it’s helpful for everyone to understand how they affect these numbers. At Ei, everyone has access to this data. It’s part of empowering our group mindset of continual improvement.

For this week's giveaway, we're giving out our productivity tracker, which you can use to track and plot your next project!