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.
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.
Building a DFSS roadmap for the development of products is shown through the sequential use of tools for the development of robust products.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
No single technique exists to ensure decision-making integrity; there are, however, several tools and disciplines that exist as checks-and-balances.
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.
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.
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.
Lean Six Sigma practitioners use this tool to identify potential problems and their impact on a process.
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.
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).
Leaner versions of FMEA, analytic hierarchy process and quality function deployment tools can be used to ease process owners into Six Sigma.
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.
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.
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.
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.