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Team Approach to Equipment Management or Not?

Rod Sutton is editorial director of Construction Equipment magazine. He is in charge of editorial strategy and writes a monthly column for the magazine, The Sutton Report. He has more than 30 years in construction journalism, and has been with Construction Equipment since 2001.

If you're a frequent visitor to ConstructionEquipment.com, you've noticed our Quick Vote poll on the homepage. Recently, we asked the question, Can one person manage an equipment fleet with today's added responsibilities?

Although informal and nonbinding, our poll indicates that the majority of respondents say the position has evolved into one too large for a single person to manage. Those who said the job required more than one person outnumbered those who said one can handle the job by a 2:1 ratio.

Among those who say it takes more than one to manage today's fleets, we gave two choices: Split the responsibilities between a financial manager and a maintenance manager, or create a team to manage the fleet. The split approach was the favored.

We also asked the question in the Construction Equipment LinkedIn group, where folks had an opportunity to respond rather than pick one of four answers. One respondent correctly pointed out that fleet size and makeup are a determinant. Yes, a small fleet probably does not deal with the depth of responsibility.

Fleet management has evolved to a level beyond what one person can adequately accomplish. The "equipment" has evolved from being something that has to be maintained to now being a key--if not the key--asset in an organization.

We're in the middle of a shift from a maintenance-based fleet approach to an asset-management approach.

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