UseFMEAs to improve your product development process

Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) is a strategy used during product development to identify and mitigate risk.It includes activities designed to recognize and evaluate the potential failure of a product, methods to reduce this potential, rank-ordering the potential deficiencies, and documenting the entire process.The article highlights ten principles for improving the FMEA processes: 1) projectize FMEAs; 2) perform design-FMEAs at the right time; 3) do research before work begins; 4) secure a team sponsor; 5) assemble the right team; 6) use an experienced facilitator; 7) use simple tools; 8) standardize measurement scales for Severity, Occurrence, and Detection (SOD); 9) reduce risk instead of numbers; and 10) review the finished FMEA project for lessons learned.
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