The Team Improvement Circle (TIC) programme is an opportunity to reveal your potential and shape our future by improving an aspect of your workplace.
TIC is also a brilliant enabler to engagement, allowing you to realise your potential, do something different and give you exposure to other departments and people within our business. It is also a keyway that employees can play their part in Refocus transformation- our number one priority in manufacturing.
We took the opportunity to catch up with ‘Brain S-Tems’, one of our newly formed TIC teams who shared with us their improvement idea which is all about making the checks on the production lines quicker, easier and more sustainable.
The team is made up of Sarah Malone, Dave Kilkenny, Louis Weston, Dave McCartney and Sean Goodwill. Sarah, the circle coach, has been working on the project idea for over two months.
Asked how they came up with the idea, Sarah said: “The circle name, Brain S-Tems, came originally from Dave. TEMS stands for Total Equipment Management System and indicates all the checks that we do on the production lines – maintenance checks or energy saving checks, for example – that we are meant to do periodically to make sure we work efficiently.
“We wanted to come away from the old, outdated paper version of the checks, as it is time consuming and costly, if we think about the paper and ink used, plus the sheets can go missing.
“We are creating and perfectionating a Power App for Group Leaders to log in the system by scanning their card to identify who is completing the TEMS on the database, check their tasks, raise concerns if anything from maintenance needs fixing and track the team’s performance.
Dave Kilkenny, the circle leader, showed us how the app works. He added: “Every Group Leader has a TEMS, which is the page where everything is listed, so they know what tasks to complete that week. Tasks show as ‘complete’ or ‘incomplete’, in which case the Group Leader can choose the option ‘show PM content’. This will create a work instruction sheet that gives people the right training to complete the TEMS.
“Everything is up to date - the system automatically works out when the next task is due. Plus, the real benefit is that the management will have visibility on who has completed the tasks on time.
“It’s a great project. Once we get used to the system, I am sure it will be so much easier and quicker for everyone, saving on paper and time.”
Sarah added: “We have worked well as a team, built a good relationship and, most importantly, made sure each member had a personalised skill set. Dave, for example, has already learned so much on IT-related issues, Louis, who is a new joiner, is making improvements on a daily basis and becoming more comfortable at presenting the project. In general, there is a big improvement in computer skills, communications skills, but also interpersonal and teamwork skills!”
Interested in finding out more about forming a TIC Circle?
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Paint: Mark McGarry or Yvette Murray
Quality: Ian Felton or Mike Burton
MP&L: Craig Roylance
Body Shop: Kevin Cameron or David Williamson
T&PPG: Greg Tunstall
For those circles that already have the wheels in motion with their TIC theme, we want to know all about it, so please remember to email us with your progress to Halewood@jaguarlandrover.com