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What is a Toolkit?

  • 1.  What is a Toolkit?

    Posted 30 October 2013 22:21
    I think it is really important to use terminology consistently both within organisations and across industries.

    At WhIttlesea we have started using the term "toolkit" a bit, without peharps defining what a toolkit is?   I was wondering if the term is in common use elsewhere, and if so what a toolkit consists of?
     
    Does anyone have an Asset Management Toolkit?  If you do how does it differ from a plan/policy/strategy/framework/checklist, and does it add value.

    What other toolkits if any are you using?

    Regards,

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    Wayne Eddy
    Strategic Asset Planning Coordinator
    City of Whittlesea
    BUNDOORA MDC VIC
    wayne.eddy@whittlesea.vic.gov.au
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  • 2.  RE:What is a Toolkit?

    Posted 01 November 2013 16:06
    Hi Wayne

    A 'toolkit' is a set of tools which you can use to carry out a job such as repairing your car or preparing an asset management plan. Spanners are quite good for the first but not the latter. The main trouble with spanners is that the car makers keep inventing funny ends for the screws and bolt heads so you need to keep buying new ones in order to even access the spare wheel.

    As regards AM then a toolkit would give advice on HOW to do things in the form of examples. Most of the literature available tells you what you need to do but not HOW!. So a toolkit for AM would include (as you have already done) a list of suggested asset lives which provides a short-cut for those starting out and a subject of argument for others; not about the actual lives but whether you need them in the first place.

    Moving on to, where to put the data when you have it, then a worked example of an inventory is invaluable. You may not actually use it but seeing one in action will certainly point you in the direction of what you do want. Following that then examples of CGs and LoS criteria in the form of PGs can be invaluable. Finally - 'how to revalue the assets?' seems to be the favourite subject of mystery.

    You know where to find mine so I won't bore you with another link.

    regards
    Peter

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    Peter Styles
    Kingsbury

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  • 3.  RE:What is a Toolkit?

    Posted 05 November 2013 14:34
    Thanks for the response, Peter.

    I see you have (quite legitimately) come back to the subject of "How to do things".

    I have been giving some thought to the subject since you first raised it, and I think you are right to identify this as an important priority,
     
    I'd like to suggest that everyone who uses this forum should create at least one "how to" guide on a subject of their choice and within their area expertise, and share it with everyone here and all of their other contacts.  

    I believe it would be a great resource for the community, and a great example of the power of collaboration.

    Here is my contribution, to get the ball rolling.

    http://www.lgam.info/how-to-build-a-council-encyclopedia

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    Wayne Eddy
    Strategic Asset Planning Coordinator
    City of Whittlesea
    BUNDOORA MDC VIC
    wayne,eddy@whittlesea.vic.gov.au
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