“There is only one way to eat an Elephant”
This is a great way to describe an insurmountable task. The answer is “one bite at a time.”
This speaks to breaking down the problem or goal into smaller, individual tasks that will have a cumulative effect. In mining, saying we want to increase production is the proverbial “elephant”. Knowing how to divide up our “bites” or tasks is where it gets complicated.
Some mine sites understand the critical drivers of performance, yet they still struggle to make improvements. This can often be attributed to normalizing deviance, an indicator of which is the phrase “We used to have high standards.” Other times there is a lack of fundamental understanding of the process, such as putting too many resources into improving production metrics that have a small return. When improvement actions aren’t progressing, or solutions seem to be out of reach, perhaps it’s necessary to bring in fresh eyes to see the problem from a different angle.
As mining optimization consultants and experts, we help solve production issues and organize tasks to take the right “bites”. Our Performance Management Tools and seasoned team of individual real-world mining professionals with over 15 years of experience bring the right solutions to get your mining improvement programs chewing on that elephant.
Our dedicated Outliers Mining Solutions team supports improvements by:
With the full range of Outliers Mining Solutions’ tools and programs, our team helps mine sites break down the mining process and drive engagement to influence performance, optimization, and results.
With actionable strategies backed by data, the improvement process can be tracked to ensure the new status quo remains and, more importantly, becomes sustainable in the mining environment.
No longer does site performance have to be the overwhelming elephant in the room. Instead, it becomes a process of small actions (bites) that lead to achievable results.