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Early stages of a CCPM implementation using EXEPRON at BAE Systems, Williamtown RAAF Airbase, NSW Australia.

Exepron proves ideal for MRO Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul.
Rapid CCPM implementation and rapid results using EXEPRON    Presenter: Andrew Kay

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Learning by doing – less theory, more practice

“Lean has taken BAE only so far. It can’t do what CCPM can which is obvious and necessary to meet the on-time delivery requirement for the LIF Program.”

B.I. Coordinator

Using Exepron seriously compressed the time for:

  • CCPM Education (One Day)
  • Software install and familiarization (Second Day)
  • Planning (Third Day)
  • Execution (First Aircraft: Day four and ongoing..)
  • RESULTS - Exepron CCPM Fully installed and operational in 9 Days
  • The Result

    2 weeks to deliver first results

  •  First 6 Aircraft, all on time in accordance with program
  •  A RECORD!!!
  •  Some up to 43% less time
  •  2nd aircraft delivered to customer 4 weeks early !!
  •  EXEPRON used from day 1
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    Starting in 2001 the USMC Material Command (MATCOM) made the decision to integrate Theory of Constraints (TOC) making this initiative the spearhead for all of their process improvement programs currently in place. Daniel Walsh, President and CEO of Vector Strategies Inc. and the Vector Strategies Team were selected to implement the TOC approach within headquarters and the two Maintenance Centers in Albany, Georgia and Barstow, California. The results of this eighteen-month implementation were truly phenomenal. An excellent article written by Mandyam Srinivasan, Darren Jones and Alex Miller chronicling this effort was published in the March, 2005 edition of APICS magazine. TOC principles were applied to their entire value chain, however the first and key improvements were experienced in the way they managed their projects. Since this was their system constraint, the improvements were seen very quickly and the results were dramatic. The new project management approach is called Critical Chain Project Management (CCPM). Daniel Walsh, the founder of Vector Strategies Inc. later co-founded EXEPRON, a cloud based SaaS CCPM (Critical Chain Project Management) business solution enabling companies to experience similar results. EXEPRON provides user friendly, real-time informational dashboard capabilities and a global collaboration reach experience. Visit the Resources section to view the Marine Corps article describing how Critical Chain was implemented in this Complex Marine Corps Military Environment.

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    Helisota implemented Exepron CCPM

    Helisota is an international provider of integrated maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for rotorcraft aviation. The company is an EASA Part 145 and Part 147 organization as well as an authorized Mil Helicopters and Robinson R44 service centre. Based on ISO 9001:2008 certified services and products, Helisota supports various government and private rotorcraft operators in 25 countries worldwide.

    Helisota is now managing all work in Exepron, including back shops. Helisota implemented Exepron CCPM in March 2015 and are very happy so far with the results. Turn Around Time (TAT) reduction is 52% and Helisota is now faced with another challenge, the market reaction was so positively furious that we were immediately overloaded and most projects moved to red because of insufficient capacity to manage all market demand. We also hit another constraint which now moved to procurement of spares. Exepron pointed out Bottleneck operations and the Resource constraints. By addressing these, Helisota expects to achieve another up to 20% in TAT reduction during 2016 after all supporting processes are aligned.


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      BAE Systems Australia, TOC3 Case Study - 9 days to train, install and schedule a years MRO work.  First 6 aircraft delivered significantly ahead of schedule. Some as much as 43% shorter including unscheduled work.


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    • "LEAN  has  taken  BAE  only  so  far.  It  can’t  do  what  CCPM  can,  which  is  obvious  and  necessary  to  meet  the  on-time  delivery  requirement  for  the  LIF Program."

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    • "Since we started using Exepron we have much better visibility of our projects allowing better management of our projects. It is very easy to focus the Teams effort to guarantee meeting the due dates. Updating the project tasks and getting real time information of status and managing risk of meeting delivery dates is incredibly simple."

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    • "SIMPLE,  FAST  to  implement  and  delivers  QUICK  RESULTS."

    • "I have been managing projects for over 45 years. I used to be software agnostic on PM software but no longer since using Exepron. It is the first PM software I've used that is like a phone app-- intuitive, easy to use and easy to get results with. By imbedding the Critical Chain concepts automatically, I can finally get statistical validity in my project plans. My clients love it and have stuck with it and achieved great benefits within the first month of using it.

      Gerry Kendall from TOC International


    • "Using Exepron's real-time informational dashboards,what would have taken 6 months to get Managements Attention and reaction, now takes weeks!"

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      Exepron has been a valuable tool to improve the material flow at Special Shapes Refractory and improve customer service. The software is easy to learn and simple to use.
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      The one project management scheduler that allows everybody in the organization to see where the project stands. I like that it shows you when the project is running out of buffer time before the project is late!
      Great set of tools for managing large projects or any projects that has lots of "moving" parts!


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      Mark Stanley, Why Company Founder

       Helping organizations clarify, simplify and achieve their vision


    • "Given the chaos that most organizations are in, by the time they decide they need to make a change, traditional software approaches only further fuel the anxiety. But Exepron's keep it simple approach and easy to set-up web application help take the drama out of Implementation."

    • "Ellwood National Forge has successfully used Exepron for two years to accomplish machine installations, machine rebuilds/upgrades, new product start-ups, and plant shutdowns. It has proven to be a robust tool to manage our workload and improve our on-time performance."

    • "I was truly surprised how quickly we got results! CCPM  has proven it's not a flash in the Pan. A very common sense approach if applied properly will clear away the clutter and give clarity on what to focus to get fast and reliable results."

    • "Project Results –– within the first four months, 14 projects were started and finished, average duration reduction of 54%."

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