Discuss – Data Collection: Selection, Implementation, and Use
In aftermarket support services, the collection and analysis of fleet or individual aircraft and engine data can lead to an impactful story, a telling of the truth of how things really are, operationally, concerning the health of the equipment. Taking action prematurely to resolve an in-service issue is as foolhardy as trying to take a hill by force without knowing what’s on the top and on the other side. Knowledge IS power, and it is wisdom. With wisdom, you can take the best action to resolve the issue identified.
There are important differences that must be noted relating to KPIs and the processes associated with data collection, reporting, analysis, and action(s) necessary to close the loop. These differences will be dependent on the operational context and purpose for collecting and tracking key performance metrics. Establishing context defines the type of data collected, its priority, the consequences, and the type of subject matter expertise that you bring to bear on an identified issue.
Data information systems can be associated with the following applications:
Business (financial, profitability, overhead, capital-related metrics, etc.)
Organizational (functional, such as customer support/aftermarket support services)
Fleet Operations (overall fleet health and performance)
Flight Operations (aircraft and engine health and performance)
Collect the data. It’s not as boring or mundane as it seems.
Note: The ultimate goal is to create effective decisions based on accurate and timely data. Data driven decision making leads to data driven solutions.
The collection of business, organizational, fleet, aircraft, and engine performance data needs to lead to the following actions:
How is the data trending? At what rate? Is it within the upper and lower limits defined by engineering or by the business unit? Remember, these are output points.
Should action be taken, or should the metric be put onto a watch list?
Information of concern should lead to a series of additional questions. These might include, but are not limited to:
What variables are associated with the creation of the data graph or point? These are inputs to the system.
Has the operational environment changed in any manner?
Has any maintenance been performed recently on the aircraft or engine? What and when?
If you carefully noted the questions above, what was the context or application environment where you asked the questions? If you said aircraft or engine health and performance (flight operations), you were right.
So. All these words, just to get to this question: do we agree that data collection, reporting, and analysis is important? Hopefully, you said yes. If you said no, well, you have to do the discussion anyway. : )
Let’s get on with the discussion assignment. The focus is on Table 8.1 ‘Data Information Systems Applications’ from the supplemental text Logistics Engineering & Management. Look at the list of applications. For what application environment are they listed? Keep this in mind as you complete this assignment. The process that you follow is similar to what you would do for other data application environments as well (but maybe with a little twist).
Reference Logistics Engineering & Management, Table 8.1 ‘Data Information Systems Applications’.
Select three (3) data information system applications.
For each data information system application chosen, identify one (1) data requirement for discussion.
For each data requirement, do the following:
a) Define the requirement and the variables associated with it.
b) Explain why the data requirement is important or adds value to the system application.
c) Describe how the data associated with the requirement can be collected.
d) Explain how the metric(s) associated with the data requirement will be analyzed by the interested organization.
e) Describe what actions can be taken by the organization to improve desired performance as a result of the data being analyzed/graphed, etc. for the given KPI.
Note the reference requirements below. They are changed slightly from previous discussions.
This is a graded discussion: 40 points possible
Make your initial post by Thursday and comment on at least one (1) other posts by Sunday.
Task A: Initial Discussion Post (Must be completed by Thursday prior to final submission deadline)
Post your discussion in response to the Discussion Topicrequirements listed above. Make sure you address each requirement listed in a manner that is effective, meaningful, succinct, and well organized.
Use credible sources on the internet to research the topic areas of this module as appropriate and if required. Provide an APA formatted Reference list if references are used.
Initial discussion submissions are to include the title of the discussionand be organized and formatted similar to written assignments outlined in the Written Assignment Tip Sheet (except header information is not required).
Task B: Replies to Classmates Posts (Must be completed by final submission deadline, Sunday)
Review your classmates initial responses. Provide a constructive and thoughtful reply that adds valueto the discussion. A simple “yes, I agree,” or, “I thought your post was a good one,” or anything similar, is not constructive and does not meet the requirements of a thoughtful reply.
Characteristics of an effective reply include, but are not limited to:
Expresses your own thoughts and exploration of the topic under discussion and does not repeat what has already been said by others or by the initial post. Repeating thoughts previously expressed will not meet the criteria of the reply.
Demonstrates efforts to understand others’ ideas. Provides examples of what you are doing to learn more, if appropriate.
Posts are reflective, constructive, and meaningful.
Remember, participation is important for a good discussion and will maximize the points you can earn for your efforts.
15 Points – Initial Post: Relevance, Critical Analysis & Content
10 points – Peer Responses: Participation as a member of the learning community
5 points – Online Etiquette; Spelling & Mechanics; Reference Sources
30 points – Total
At least one (1) reference, outside of the text reference given, is required for your initial post. References should be listed in APA format.
Approved Reference Sources
News, magazine, blog/internet articles with an author
Research articles found through the reference databases provided by the library
YouTube videos with rich and impactful content
Trade and Association articles
Research performed by consultancy firms or governmental agencies
Have one and not sure? Ask your instructor.
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