Inspectioneering Journal

Integrity Management Programs, KPIs and PSM

Lest We Forget...

By Greg Alvarado, Chief Editor at Inspectioneering. This article appears in the March/April 2013 issue of Inspectioneering Journal.

A pattern of requests for key performance indicators (KPIs) related to equipment integrity management (IM) programs has appeared on Inspectioneering’s LinkedIn group discussion as well as other industry forums. Furthermore, the topic came up numerous times at the recent API Inspection Summit. Performance is the key.

Keep in mind that KPIs can portend good and poor (sometimes dangerous) performance in our quests to achieve certain objectives and goals. Sometimes KPIs tell us we need to change our rules or practices (for example, managing engineering practices in an organization). Part of a high-quality engineering practices program involves consistent and diligent documentation and management of deviations, which may indicate the need for a change in a specific practice. KPIs are indicators that assist us in both moving toward strategic goals and in avoiding those things that would hold us back.

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