What elements contribute to a thoroughly planned work package?

By Tim Kister, CMRP, Life Cycle Engineering

There are basically five areas that if addressed properly would result in a well-planned work order:

  1. The right people – This focuses on the correct skills required for the scope of work, how many and how long (labor estimates) it will take to complete.
  2. The right place – Accurate identification of the process, equipment and location to reduce travel, investigation and setup times.
  3. The right time – Windows of opportunity to gain access, and operations’ expectation of starting or completing the work. This will assist the scheduling process.
  4. The right parts, tools and equipment – All repair parts identified, ordered and on-hand before scheduling. Arrangements are made for additional specialty tools and equipment.
  5. The specifications, permits, hazards, work instructions and or appropriate documentation are included as part of the work package.

If these elements are addressed with sufficient detail, the opportunity for the work to be completed within the scheduled window, with minimal delays and waits, will be greatly increased.


Tim Kister, CMRP, is a well-recognized leader in the field of Planning & Scheduling. A dedicated educator, Tim has facilitated over 100 workshops and seminars focused on maintenance management and planning & scheduling and has co-authored the book, “Maintenance Planning and Scheduling Handbook; Streamlining Your Organization for a Lean Environment.” As Planning & Scheduling Subject Matter Expert for Life Cycle Engineering (LCE), Tim helps clients recognize opportunities for improvement that enable rapid optimization of business processes and long-term sustainability. You can reach Tim at [email protected].

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