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How to Win Your Maintenance Battles with ADAPTIVE Xcel: A Military Strategy Approach


If you work in maintenance and reliability, you know how challenging it can be to keep your operations running smoothly and efficiently. You may feel like you are constantly fighting against breakdowns, downtime, and waste. You may also wonder how you can improve your performance, lower your costs, and boost your uptime. If that sounds familiar, you need a strategic approach that can help you overcome any obstacle. You need the ADAPTIVE Xcel methodology. The ADAPTIVE Xcel methodology is a proven and effective way to optimize your maintenance and reliability operations. It is inspired by military campaigns, which are complex and dynamic situations that require careful planning, continuous learning, and constant adaptation. The ADAPTIVE Xcel methodology follows an eight-step framework, each step corresponding to a letter of the acronym:

  • A: Assess-Align

  • D: Diagnose-Define

  • A: Augment-Architect

  • P: Pilot-Plan

  • T: Train-Transition

  • I: Implement-Iterate

  • V: Verify-Validate

  • E: Evolve-Excel

Let’s see how each step works and how it relates to a military campaign.

A: Assess-Align

This is the first step of the methodology, where we assess the current state of your maintenance operations and identify the gaps and opportunities for improvement. We also align your teams around a common vision and goal, making sure that everyone is on board and committed to the success of the project. This is similar to the strategic planning phase of a military campaign, where the mission, objectives, and resources are defined.


D: Diagnose-Define

This is the second step of the methodology, where we use your operational data to benchmark your performance against industry standards and best practices. We diagnose and define the root causes of your performance issues and the potential solutions. We also help you set clear and measurable targets for improvement. This is similar to the intelligence gathering phase of a military campaign, where accurate and timely information about the enemy and the environment is collected.



A: Augment-Architect

This is the third step of the methodology, where we co-create a customized plan with your senior leadership that addresses your specific challenges and priorities. We use elements from Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), Reliability-Centered Maintenance (RCM), and our proprietary tools and techniques to design a plan that suits your needs and goals. This is similar to the battle plan design phase of a military campaign, where a feasible and effective plan that incorporates various elements of warfare is created.

P: Pilot-Plan

This is the fourth step of the methodology, where we pilot the key changes on selected assets, using lean principles and Six Sigma methodologies to measure the impact and validate the assumptions. We also collect feedback from your teams and stakeholders to refine the plan as needed. This is similar to conducting a smaller operation in a military campaign to test strategies and tactics or conducting a maneuver warfare in a military campaign, where a fast and flexible approach is used to exploit the enemy’s weaknesses and create opportunities.

T: Train-Transition

This is the fifth step of the methodology, where we collaborate with your operational teams and HR department to transform your workforce into change agents. We teach them how to use tools like condition-based monitoring and failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA) to anticipate and prevent equipment failures. We also coach them on how to adopt new behaviors and mindsets that support continuous improvement. This is similar to training soldiers for a military campaign, preparing them for combat readiness.

I: Implement-Iterate

This is the sixth step of the methodology, where we implement your plan across your entire organization, constantly monitoring your progress and adjusting your strategy as necessary based on the evolving situation on the battlefield. This is similar to launching a full-scale operation in a military campaign, using full force against the enemy.

V: Verify-Validate

This is the seventh step of the methodology, where we verify and validate the results of the project against the objectives established in the Diagnose-Define phase. We also identify any remaining challenges or gaps that need further attention. This is similar to evaluating the effectiveness of the operation in a military campaign, comparing the results against the goals.

E: Evolve-Excel

This is the final step of the methodology, where we ensure that your organization is continuously improving its maintenance and reliability performance. We review and refine your strategies, empower your employees to take ownership of their roles, celebrate successes to motivate your teams, and plan for the next project to achieve maintenance excellence. This is similar to learning from experience and preparing for future challenges in a military campaign.

The ADAPTIVE Xcel methodology is not a one-time fix, but a long-term solution that can help you win any maintenance battle. It is based on careful planning, continuous learning, and constant adaptation to achieve your ultimate goal.

So, while maintenance operations might not have the adrenaline rush of a battlefield, they can certainly have their own fair share of challenges and victories. And while we might not offer camouflage uniforms or combat boots, we promise to arm you with the right strategy and tools to conquer any maintenance hurdle. Remember, in the war against downtime and inefficiencies, the ADAPTIVE Xcel methodology is your secret weapon.



Don't march into your next maintenance mission unarmed! Contact us today for a free consultation. We might not be able to give you war stories to tell, but we will help you create a tale of maintenance triumphs that will become part of your company's legend!

Remember, a smooth operation is no joke. With the right strategy, every day can feel like a victory parade. Let's turn your maintenance operations from a battlefield into a field of dreams. Get in touch now and let's make your maintenance excellence a reality.



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