November 2008, Vol. 20, No.11

From the Editors

From the Editors

Operations Forum Editor’s Note

Steve Spicer, editor

Wastewater treatment plants are interconnected; a small change in one area ripples throughout the entire facility. Sometimes these ripples are intentional and helpful. Sometimes, they’re unexpected and harmful. Few individuals have the ability to track every repercussion from every change. For the rest of us, this means building teams to ensure that nothing slips through the cracks.

Forming teams with those who share the same skills and points of view is easy. But it’s not very useful. Truly effective teams bring together people whose strengths balance out others’ weaknesses, and vice versa. Collaboration in this truly diverse type of team can be a struggle. But it’s productive.

True teamwork requires each team member to accept help from others as freely as he or she is willing to give that help.

The features “Fully Operational MBRs” and “The Tools and the Talent” look at some cases in which teams combining the theoretical and design knowledge of engineers and the practical and operations knowledge of operators made significant advances. Such teamwork can lead to reduced costs, increased productivity, and saved money.

Those are the kind of results everyone can agree on.

Steve Spicer, editor
sspicer@wef.org