Although the subject of industrial management in navy yards has been talked to death since the first departure from the bureau system was made in 1909, no solution of the problem has been accepted by the department as to the best type of management to put in force in all the yards. There are no two yards organized alike, and even where the manufacturing divisions have been consolidated into one industrial department, no common type of management is found. It is considered possible, however, despite the differences in organization, to approach ideal methods of accomplishing work in the yards that will be the same for all and it is proposed to discuss certain of these methods.
I. THE ENDS IN VIEW
There should first be defined the ends in view of the ideal system of management and it is considered that these should be,
(a) To secure the completion of work in the order of its importance, including the earliest possible completion of urgent work.
(b) To avoid starting work until it can be carried through continuously and without delays, due to lack of material or other causes.