Stop Doing FMEAs for Your Customers

My oldest bonus daughter (aka ‘step-daughter’), Ally, loves to sing the song, “Mama, I’m a Big Girl Now.”  It’s a fun and expressive song and we love to see her smile as she belts it out.  The first line in the song is “Stop telling me what to do!” The song would...

What Does FMEA Have To Do With Ultramarathons?

One thing that we stress at the Luminous Group is that the FMEA is a way of thinking about risk.  It is not a form with rows and columns.  It is all about identifying risk early and taking steps to prevent or detect that risk so it doesn’t turn into a failure. In my...

Preventive Thinking is What FMEA is All About

I’ve seen a lot of Failure Mode and Effects Analysis over my career.  Many are done only for show.  Others – that have high-fidelity with the product or process it covers – enable problem prevention.  With the cost of customer problems being so high, wouldn’t you...