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Avoid Failure When Using Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA)

FMEA is a qualitative and systematic tool, usually created within a spreadsheet, to help practitioners anticipate what might go wrong with a product or process, and then to create plans to mitigate the risk of failure.

Bridging Functional Silos to Achieve ‘Customer Impact’

Limiting the scope of the business process a Six Sigma project addresses may create problems when root causes outside the project scope are found. An approach using process mapping and risk analyses resolved this problem for one company.

Design For Six Sigma Roadmap

Building a DFSS roadmap for the development of products is shown through the sequential use of tools for the development of robust products.

FMEA Can Add Value in Various Project Stages

Although it is typically taught in the Improve stage of training, the FMEA has a place in other phases as well. But before practitioners can gain varied benefits from the tool, they must first be clear on how to use it.

FMEA: Preventing a Failure Before Any Harm Is Done

When designing a safe healthcare environment, a proactive approach is far preferable to a reactive approach. FMEA can help eliminate concerns early in the development of a process by prospectively analyzing for potential failure points.

FMEA: Tool for Process Documentation and Discovery

While the name of the failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA) concentrates on how a process fails, the real objective is to concentrate on assessing the effects and viable process controls for the root causes related to any given failure mode.

Harvesting Value in Transactional Processes with Lean Six Sigma

In an era of high competition, with many companies facing a less-than-certain future, the need to increase performance in the eyes of the customer has never been stronger.

How to Create a Successful FMEA Program

If one or two FMEAs can produce exceptional results, imagine the benefits possible if use of the technique were expanded enterprise-wide. Learn how best to manage this expansion and get tips for making each FMEA project successful.

Improved IT Project Forecasting Through Six Sigma

Variation in IT project cost forecasting can result in either underspent or overspent budgets. A Six Sigma approach applied to the IT project forecasting process minimizes variation in forecast accuracy resulting in dollar savings for the business.

Install the Four Pillars of a Quality Organization to Create Better Products

Producing quality products requires a number of actions. Companies may find it helpful to organize these actions under the four pillars of quality: developmental quality, industrial quality, supplier quality and customer quality.

Leverage ITIL and Six Sigma Together to Maximize Outcome

The Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Framework is a set of best practices that facilitate delivery of high quality IT services. Combined with Six Sigma, ITIL serves as a model that prompts organizations to use maximum synergy.

Leverage Six Sigma to Manage Operational Risk in Financial Services

To escape from post-financial crisis times, financial services companies need to effectively and efficiently manage their risks. This article showcases how financial services can leverage FMEA and control charts to manage their operational risk and reduce costs.

Making the Case for FMEA in Managing Software Projects

A well-documented failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA) with robust action plans and implementation can help an organization avoid rework in software projects. FMEA can isolate weak steps, where things may go wrong and where to focus improvements.

Minimize the Risk of the Unknown in Six Sigma Projects

No single technique exists to ensure decision-making integrity; there are, however, several tools and disciplines that exist as checks-and-balances.

Minimizing Risks: How to Apply FMEA in Services

FMEA, which has become widespread among Six Sigma practitioners, is a system for analyzing the design of a product or service system to identify potential failures, then taking steps to counteract or at least minimize the risks from those failures.

Objective Defect Evaluation Leads Improvement Efforts

In order to objectively analyze and take corrective action in instances where the best improvement project is not immediately visible, assigning severity, failure effect and end effect numbers to each option may help practitioners make the next move.

Process Maps and FMEA Help Prepare Utility for Disaster

Six Sigma contains many tools that can be used to improve processes and prevent failures, regardless of whether the full DMAIC roadmap is used. Two tools, process maps and the failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA), were applied in this case study.

Quick Guide to Failure Mode and Effects Analysis

Lean Six Sigma practitioners use this tool to identify potential problems and their impact on a process.

Six Sigma Tools for Every Day Projects and Processes

Six Sigma leaders often tout the benefits of Six Sigma concepts, tools and approaches for Six Sigma projects. Incorporating Six Sigma tools into every day software development and IT processes will also result in better products and greater success.

Stamatis Named Professional of the Year by Quality Magazine

D.H. Stamatis, Ph.D., a leader in the field of quality, has been named 2010 Professional of the Year by Quality Magazine. He has spoken on numerous engagements, written more than 70 articles and published more than 25 books, including one of the top selling books by Quality Press on failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA).

Start with Leaner Tools to Ease Non-Belts into Six Sigma

Leaner versions of FMEA, analytic hierarchy process and quality function deployment tools can be used to ease process owners into Six Sigma.

Supplement FMEA with a Risk Priority Matrix for Better Results

In the classic FMEA model, mitigation activities are prioritized based on the calculated risk priority number. But FMEA doesn't account for interdependent risks, or mitigation actions that can affect multiple risks. Learn a method for overcoming these limitations.

Use a Modified FMEA to Mitigate Project Risks

In order to prevent risks from happening, or at least to be prepared when they occur, team members should assess the key risks of any project and make a plan to address them. A FMEA chart is a helpful tool in tracking these risk-mitigation efforts.

Using Taguchi’s Loss Function to Estimate Project Benefits

A financial evaluation method should be easy to communicate to the project teams that will use it and should provide plausible estimations for decision making. Taguchi's Loss Function fits the bill.

Work-out as a Problem-Solving Tool for Healthcare

Many problems in healthcare involve processes that require analysis and improvement, but do not require detailed statistical study. Work-out offers a one-day to two-day concentrated problem-solving effort.

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