Maintenance backlogs are a necessary part of effective planning and scheduling. They should ensure that your work is prioritized effectively and that work orders that can be carried out efficiently at the same time are grouped together. However, some companies find it challenging to understand their current work order backlog since they cannot effectively dashboard and analyze their open work orders. This could lead to mismanagement in planning and scheduling tasks.

Why can’t you understand your work order backlogs?

One of the problems is due to bad dashboarding. Dashboarding helps your organization monitor key metrics, completing your work orders, and preparing for new ones. For example, dashboards enable you to report on work orders by type, location, time, etc. The problem occurs when there are missing gaps of information or inaccurate data reported in your dashboards, making the process of understanding backlogs harder. This brings in a domino effect wherein failure to use dashboards effectively leads to poor analysis and, therefore, bad planning and scheduling on your end. Identifying elements such as shutdown requirements and preventive maintenance, thus become difficult.

The second reason is due to the poor work order analysis. Analyzing work order data is necessary for establishing future work order metrics and goals. It is also crucial as it helps allocate resources and time in a better manner. Being unable to identify your open work orders effectively can have a negative impact on your backlogs. Backlog maintenance is set in place so that members stay on top of tasks and know what tasks need to be prioritized and at what costs. Therefore, executing tasks become more complicated when work orders aren’t analyzed, and recommendations for future improvement are not considered.

Better tracking to improve efficiency 

Understanding where and how to use work order analysis to your advantage can help better your decision-making process and help you make smarter choices with your backlogs. Identifying errors and ways to improve your current work order data can pave the way for better planning, scheduling, and execution. If you would like to learn more about how NRX Work Order Analysis can help you analyze your work order data with dashboards, click on one of our resources below, or book a demo with us to help you achieve meaningful results from your backlogs.

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