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Peter Hawkins

Author: Peter Hawkins

Director and Strategic Programmes Consultant

The Challenge

One of Europe's leading shipbuilding and defence groups was recommended to appoint me to carry out an audit of their entire shipbuilding programme in order to ascertain why delivery deadlines were being consistently missed by up to 6 months.

The Solution

Via an intensive 1-month study of their approach, I was able to identify three key inter-relating causes:

  • The lack of an overall top-down management approach prevented management from taking a strategic view of work and resource scheduling. This needed to be rectified.
  • There was a failure to fully recognise the impacts of a switch from the traditional pre-launch / post-launch method of planning and the newer method of modular building and fitting out methods. This needed to be investigated and an impact analysis produced.
  • The production process was compartmentalised and therefore the communication between the silo’s was poor. This led led to delayed milestones, such as sea trials. This need to be addressed.

The Outcome

Subsequently, working with all levels of management and all key departments, I was able to introduce a new organisational & management structure, together with revised and structured life-cycles, plans and working methods. This radically and rapidly resolved the issue of delivery delays and simultaneously improved cash-flow via on-time milestone compliance.