[I]Please, tell us you’re kidding.
[/I]Please try and understand what i am coming to and imply by that statement: Making complex processes handled by experts so simple they can be handled by people with lesser skills and intelligence. That is exactly why i quoted Peter Drucker: “No institution can possibly survive if it needs geniuses or supermen to run…”
Applied to ships it means if an Engineer new to a UEC Engine comes he faces no difficulty in say overhauling the Fuel Pump or Fuel valve, because the processes/ precautions are laid down so clearly and concisely that with a bit of a stretch it is convenient to say even a layman could do that operation.
Management is about organizing, or laying down processes and procedures that make operations standardized to the extent that yes indeed, things are elucidated in the simplest possible terms.
It happens all the time and there is tremendous evidence of this in all spectrums of industry. Flight simulator games literally bring complex aircraft operations simply into teenagers who simulate flights from F-16s to Boeing jets. Voices prompt in case a check list procedure is not followed or a particular operation is overlooked. Kids virtually fly complex aircraft. Which does not imply kids will be allowed to fly jets coz they know the controls and do it virtually. It means a sysem made so easy, that we can imply a layman can operate it.
Look around at so many sites around the net. There are demonstrations to do what was carried out by experts in a step by step manner. What was done by experts yesteryears is done by first timers today. 10 years ago there were exclusive website designers. Today a first timer can do it simply on the web step by step.
On ships these days hundreds of files are maintained. Don’t maintain proper indexing and you’ll require experts to even manage files. Maintain proper indexing procedures and you can have a ‘layman’ come, look up a sheet or two and identify what document is where.
30 years ago, if you needed information, you’d have to walk into a library, ask the help of a librarian employed and then look up the book. Today, at the click of a button and a single entry page any layman anywhere in he world can get whatever information he desires.
The idea is always to keep making things/ operations, simpler, easier to operate.