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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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