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    It's Good to be The King (work related)

    Well a little off topic but the new job was a hassle the first 3 weeks. 4th week, things clicked. Dude in the shop is a pretty good guy and a big hustler. I'm the QC guy but we've managed to get along pretty well. Company never really had a real inspector, now they do!

    The funny thing is that everybody there was resisting my efforts trying to implement some kind of order. "Oh, we've always done it this way"..."Meh, we do what we like" is what I got for 3 weeks. Pretty hard to argue when you are unfamiliar with the process. But over the weeks I've become familiar with a ton of issues. Every day for 2 weeks I found about 10 things wrong with parts, blueprints, documents, you name it. So my manager asks me to do things but doesn't want to accompany me while doing so. Uhh ok, the new guy telling the supervisors what to do? Alone with no support? OK!

    But as I learned more about the process I saw that there was no order at all. That's it DAMMIT! From now on, you will fill out your paper work, label your parts, do your job right and do what I say!

    Holy smokes it worked! The dude running the shop tried to jerk me around a few times. OK, two can play that game. He ended up getting totally lost in his production plan. Lost track of parts, parts completed etc. When I started, I was tossed into the fire with 30 blueprints, a mess of parts without a hint of where to start my inspections. I asked the dude for some kind of hint as to what was what but he answer was, "look at your drawings".

    Been through this before so knowing from experience I told the guy, you can d*** me now but later, I'm going to be asking you WHO'S YOUR DADDY?!

    Guess what, this was the week. I learned A LOT! Known as a documentarian, record keeper, and having a great sense of organization, I tore 'em up this week!

    Dude was lost in his process so he asked me if I could help. OK dude, I've been keeping records of EVERYTHING! You have this this this and that, this this and that, this failed that failed and this this and that are complete. then I told the dude, "now you see where you need to scratch my back cause I'm Your Daddy, told you I would be! Then I tell him that I could have easily said,'look at your drawings" as he did to me when I first started. But I helped the guy out, set him straight within 5 minutes whereas if he hadn't my help, it would have taken him hours to figure out what he was dealing with.

    So now he sees the way I work. The other inspectors just sit back and watch silently while I school these boys. 2 days ago we called the engineers out to the floor to sort out some problems. One dude was real arrogant.....WAS!!! I ended up schooling him on blueprints in front of the vice president, QC manager, 2 supervisors, lead man and 2 operators.

    Next day I get a new desk and a walkie talkie. Shop dude sets up a new inspection area with locking cabinet after I told him I don't like anyone touching my records. I'll help you any time but don't touch my records. He agrees and sees the way I work so he sets me up.

    So in the last week, I've schooled an engineer on HIS drawing, sent a production manager with his tail between his legs are trying to bully me into singing off stuff, and had a ton of people asking my advice.

    Funny, 2 supervisors in the shop and us two guys are running the show. Dude running the shop has mentioned every day for the last week that he's glad they hired me cause I'm making his show roll much smoother. All of a sudden, there is no resistance. Every so often I have to explain why we need to run things a certain way then he'll say, "you're right" and do what I ask.

    It's real funny, when I walk out there with my stupid walkie talkie, the workers seem intimidated. My boss loves me, when he's in a debate with another manager, he'll look over to me as if asking for help. So I take over his roll and explain things since I can much better than he can. The guy just tells me, if you need anything, let me know.

    Funny, but this is going so my way!

    Other inspectors are like little kids asking for help and advice. Guys are good guys but know nothing about quality. Who's there Daddy?

    Well, got a new desk, a walkie talkie, lots of respect and good money, what else is there?

    Darn good pay check this week. Had some extra cash for a couple of GP 4000's on Gina's bike, send $100 to Lil JojoBeanz (Grandson) for a new skateboard. He was thrilled!

    Working OT so all today was some great money! My check on the 22nd will be nice enough to buy myself a present or two for Christmas ha ha!

    Not a whole lot of riding now but lots of money which is the next best thing he he!

    It's good to be back!

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    Sweet! You'll be CEO by age 60!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DX-MAN View Post
    Sweet! You'll be CEO by age 60!
    That's like in 2 years.

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    Nice job Beanz! It's cool to be the man at work.

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    Shweet story!!!

    In the absence of expertise fall back on quality systems!!! Good to see management fully behind a QC dude and seems like you have successfully introduced a fair amount of QA already. As soon as staff will buy into the whole traceability and documentation thing, many processes will end up running themselves.

    Go Beanz!!!

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    I've done a lot of work for QA people gathering data and analysizing it. Quite often the solution comes from taking an idea from one person and another idea from another person and connecting the two to form a third idea to fix the problem. Giving credit to the first two people goes a long way in keeping these people feeding you with suggestions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by antimike View Post
    Nice job Beanz! It's cool to be the man at work.
    Thanks! It is a funny feeling to be the new guy but suddenly the Go To Guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sci_femme View Post
    Shweet story!!!

    In the absence of expertise fall back on quality systems!!! Good to see management fully behind a QC dude and seems like you have successfully introduced a fair amount of QA already. As soon as staff will buy into the whole traceability and documentation thing, many processes will end up running themselves.

    Go Beanz!!!

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    True! It was somewhat shocking going into a place that had pretty much no system after being interviewed on QA and related aspects. Seeing the actual workplace on the first day I wondered why they cared. But now I see they wanted someone to initiate the system. After a couple days of shellshock, I thought, dang, let's do it! Now it's working and the owner, vice president are all for it ( a GREAT thing). Couple of program managers resist but they are quickly learning why I was hired.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jethro56 View Post
    I've done a lot of work for QA people gathering data and analysizing it. Quite often the solution comes from taking an idea from one person and another idea from another person and connecting the two to form a third idea to fix the problem. Giving credit to the first two people goes a long way in keeping these people feeding you with suggestions.
    Oh Yeah! As mentioned the lead guy in the shop is a hustler, he gets things done and is pretty much running things while the 2 supervisors stand there with their fingers up their noses.

    So now that I am there steering him and the shop in the right direction, he's pretty excited that things are running much more efficient. He comments daily on how much better it is with a system. Not only a QA system but also with a production system. Stuff I thought was basic knowledge, routing work workers, moving parts in a systematic fashion. Teaching the workers what goes where and when, labeling parts for tracking. These guys were lost but now the shop dude is liking it!

    I think he'll go far! Me, heck the other inspector makes more money than I but knows far less, does less and pretty much a first grader when it comes to experience. I'm just a guy that likes organization but if they throw more money my way, that's just a big plus. More bike stuff!

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    Awesome Beanz!! Being a former Manager of QC in aviation, I can relate. You done good
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    Attaboy Beanz! A few years ago, I had a similar experience in a small shop on Foothill. Got lots of resistance, got treated like it was all a joke. Then after a few weeks, they noticed rework was way down. Things got smoother after that.
    Go get 'em Beanz.
    Are you doing a full First Article and documenting it? It can save your bacon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrJerry View Post
    Are you doing a full First Article and documenting it? It can save your bacon.
    Yup! Plus I have just been elected to collect records for archives. Funny how so many people just can't keep order with docs etc, so I got elected.

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    if we all send you our addresses.... will you send us money too?

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