I am happy to announce that my self-published e-book, The Sustainment Handbook, is now available at Amazon.com for $5 plus tax. The following is from the first chapter. Downloading a sample at Amazon.com will provide you with more text than what you see below. The entire handbook is only 7,800 words and is a quick read. It should serve as an introduction to the topic which is more fully explored in my other posts at this website and in my technical papers available for free download at this site.
The Sustainment Handbook sample text:
Why This Handbook?
Every day, more and more systems are being designed and deployed. In addition, these systems are staying employed longer and longer.
Someone has to help keep them going, that is, sustained. At the same time, many people, fully immersed in their own careers, responsibilities, and duties, fail to recognize that they are part of a large team charged with sustaining one of these systems. They are meant to be doing what they do because their organization needs their skills to sustain a complex system.
Even if they do make the connection and develop some understanding of their organization’s goals, they are given little idea what to do on a day to day to support that goal.
Given this vacuum of knowledge and self-awareness, folks simply perform activities that they are told to do. Or they do what the last fellow did. Or they work tasks that seem relevant. Or they find something that they can do without being yelled at. This kind of disunity creates internally uncoordinated organizations that are in a constant state of managing a growing number of system sustainment crises. This continues until executive decision-makers step in to terminate or re-form the organization, fire key managers, or both.
This handbook describes a model or paradigm you can follow to help your team keep a complex system fulfilling its mission over its entire lifetime while minimizing crises. The tasks described are not always easy. Frankly, many are impossible. Some crises will occur when you fail to do the impossible. But, if your follow this model, the numbers of crises will diminish to a controllable few. Most issues will be solved efficiently, economically, and in time to avoid major disasters.