Don’t Let Public Works be Mission: Impossible

If you’ve ever seen a Mission: Impossible movie, you can probably understand why managing public works can sometimes feel like all of the odds are stacked against you. If you haven’t seen a Mission: Impossible movie – go see one. Go ahead, I’ll wait.

Now that you’ve definitely seen one of the movies, let’s look at how you can make sure that your public works department never feels that difficult.

Build your Team

Unlike other spy movies, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) rarely completes anything on his own. He has the Impossible Missions Force (IMF) to back and support him, and that comes with some of the best teammates. Benji (Simon Pegg) provides Ethan with unbeatable technological support, making sure all of his important systems and devices are performing beyond expectations. Likewise, a strong, ambitious IT department can make a world of difference for your public works department. If they stay on top of security, innovation and client support, the results should be noticeable.
In addition to Benji, Ethan has Brandt (Jeremy Renner) and Luther (Ving Rhames), loyal agents who provide immeasurable help – the most notable of which is advice. Do you have capable, forward thinking staff and advisors who are seeking the best for their community? Sometimes well thought-out, constructive criticism creates the building blocks for the best solutions to problems!

Mission Impossible
Image: Paramount Pictures

Be Prepared

Can you recall a moment in the movies when Ethan wasn’t prepared to handle whatever was thrown at him? Probably not, and that is because Ethan ensured he was prepared in three ways:

– Researched and gathered as much intel as he could beforehand: locations, names, number of enemies, type of security and so on

– Invested in the best and most efficient technology he could get his hands on, whether it was electromagnetic gloves, automatic lock picks, scanner contact lenses or one of a dozen other incredible devices

– Exercised and trained his body and mind so that should all else fail, he could fight back and not reveal any secrets if he were to be captured

You can prepare your department for future issues in similar ways. Instructing your staff to research potential problems, such as a harsh winter, incoming hurricane or even a current problem that’s affecting another public works department can help you prepare to encounter the problem head-on and not be caught by surprise. As was touched upon before, technology plays a huge role in a department’s success. While your gadgets don’t have to be IMF level to be important, updated computer and security systems and investment in mobile devices can greatly increase your efficiency.

Manage All the “Little” Things

One thing you may notice is that Ethan hardly has to worry about the repercussions, legality or minor details of his operations. This is largely because it’s a movie and that would be incredibly boring to watch, but it’s also because the IMF and the U.S. government take care of all of it for him. Your solution won’t have to be so dramatic, however. Investing in AssetWorks’ proven Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) software can have dramatic impacts on your department. EAM manages all of the assets you need it to, from roadways to sewers, trees to benches, bridges to rivers and everything in between. In addition, you can appreciate streamlined data entry and data management processes so that there are minimized touch points and potential for data errors, and you can get your information wherever you need it.

Let’s let Ethan and the IMF handle the impossible tasks that threaten our security every day. Instead, EAM can help ensure that your public works department makes every project a Mission: Possible.

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