“CHECK” – Did We Do What We Said We Were Going to “DO?”

Continuing the discussion of our Business Operating System (BOS), we now move into the third quadrant of the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) model: “CHECK.” In this part of the BOS, we measure whether – and how well – we are achieving our operational goals (Safety, Quality, Schedule, Cost) and the goals for our workforce – we are Read More >

What to “DO”

[Post by Chuck Krugh, December 2, 2022] I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving last week and enjoyed some time with family and friends. In my last blog, I talked about the first quadrant of our Business Operating System (BOS), “PLAN,” and the inputs into it: strategy. I also described two ways to look at Read More >

Inputs to the Business Operating System

[Post by Chuck Krugh, November 18, 2022] Two weeks ago I introduced the Business Operating System (BOS). I covered the basics on how it works as we move through one Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle. This week, I want to talk about the primary input into the BOS: Strategy. Strategy means a lot of things to different people. Read More >

Veterans Day

[Post by Chuck Krugh, November 10, 2022] On Veterans Day, we celebrate and remember our brothers and sisters who have served our country in all branches of our military. We especially want to remember those who have fallen in the defense of our country, our families and our way of life. Not everyone answers the Read More >

Plan Do Check Act

[Post by Chuck Krugh, November 4, 2022] In the coming weeks, I will be describing what I refer to as the Business Operating System (BOS). The BOS has a number of components that can be shown in a model. As I describe the different parts of the model each week, we will add them to Read More >

Hull 521 Goes to Sea Trials

[Post by Chuck Krugh, October 25, 2022] I experienced another amazing first yesterday morning: watching DDG 120 move away from the pier into the Kennebec River with the help of two tug boats. It was Sea Trials day! This is the culmination of years of hard work and many, many hours of blood, sweat and Read More >

Safely Execute High-Quality Work

[Post by Chuck Krugh, October 21, 2022] I have created a short statement that sums up what we need to focus on at work each day: Safely Execute High-Quality Work. There’s actually a lot more than meets the eye to this statement. It’s a simple, yet important, message! “Safety” is something that we talk about Read More >

Flesh and Steel

[Post by Chuck Krugh, October 18, 2022] As I have written before, I’ve been enjoying getting to know everyone as well as learning about shipbuilding. Walking around the shipyard a couple months ago, I met Bill Henderson, a Preservation Technician and a 2021 Master Shipbuilder. While Bill and I were chatting, he mentioned that he Read More >

Process Discipline

[Post by Chuck Krugh, October 14, 2022] While process discipline may not be the most exciting topic to write about, it is essential for peak manufacturing performance. My definition of peak manufacturing performance is when the manufacturing system produces high-quality products that are repeatable and on the predicted schedule. In addition, a good manufacturing system Read More >

What a Great Day!

[Post by Chuck Krugh, October 4, 2022] I thought I would take a break from my recent posts about what sets a company apart to recognize the great Master Shipbuilder Open House event we had this past weekend. I’ve always enjoyed seeing how family members react to the place where their loved ones work. After Read More >