NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- USS Theodore Roosevelt's (CVN 71) continuous process improvement (CPI) division conducted the largest CPI event of any sea going command Oct. 12-26 with the goal of improving ship's force production work during the aircraft carrier's mid-life refueling complex overhaul (RCOH).
CPI is a program designed to improve processes that allow Sailors to perform more efficiently and repair problems at their immediate work centers by minimizing waste when it comes to time, energy and money, said Chief Aviation Support Equipment Technician (AW/SW) James Bibow, TR's CPI leading chief petty officer.
"CPI forces you to focus on going into an event with an open mind to see what is actually happening," said Lt. Cmdr. Elizabeth Travis, TR's principal assistant for logistics. "Too many times there is a false perception of what is going on, but the reality is often different than what people see. So, CPI is a good way of actually looking at a process, taking what you learned, and then forming a new plan that could work better."
The CPI event took two weeks and focused on how the ship's duty sections approached and conducted work relating to the ship's overhaul and refurbishment. The first week focused on identifying problems and the second week focused on generating solutions.
"Team members of CPI discussed issues that have been occurring among duty sections. If two different team members saw the same problem in the command, we knew that the issue was apparent," said Travis.
Travis and Bibow commented on the learning curve the CPI team experienced while gathering their information.
"During the first week we were not allowed to have solutions, if we had them we had to write them down then forget about them," said Travis. "The second week was dedicated to making a solution. We had everyone write down there ideas for a solution, then we discussed the solutions to make the best solution for the problems."
Bibow said team members of CPI had to focus on researching problems by interviewing people and just stepping back and watching what was going on during duty section production.
"CPI's main focus of duty section production was on applying for cold work (paint) chits, issuing tools, hazmat, and management of personnel," said Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class (AW/SW) Darius Christian, CPI's leading petty officer.
Christian said the team has made a difference and there are a lot of strengths and perspectives.
"We are not just looking at it one way, everyone has a different way of looking at duty section production and when you bring it all together you get a plan, and that is what we are looking for," said Christian. "CPI is not only making a difference and having an impact on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) we may be making an impact on how duty section production will run when USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) comes into the shipyard," said Christian.
Travis said CPI should help future ships hit the deck running, instead of struggling to figure out what works.
"This project is supposed to be big enough that the Navy might push it out as the way that RCOH carriers do production in the future," said Travis. "This will help with the steep learning curve of the shipyard."
It's an honor for the Sailors who participated in this large scale event," said Bibow. "It's empowering for them that the command trusts them enough to make changes that can affect their work lives we should see the results of their labor in the very near future."
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