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Failure Mode and Effects Analysis

A Powerful Tool for Anticipating and Minimizing Risks

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Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) is powerful, easy-to-use risk management tool for identifying and preventing problems. It is especially helpful in preventing problems that arise during the development of new products and services - often as the result of narrow views, organizational silos, and "communication disconnects" between work groups. FMEA forces problems to the surface that could otherwise go undetected until too late - the kind of problems that show up in the form of rework and delays in meeting delivery schedules. FMEA is used throughout business and industry. Product-producers as well as service-providers can benefit from using FMEA.

About the Workshop
This workshop guides the participants through the logic and methodology of FMEA
building skills in how to get the most out of the tool and spend their time efficiently. Two widely-used types of FMEA are examined in detail: the Design FMEA and the Process FMEA. Other applications for FMEA are also examined, including the use of FMEA as a proactive risk-management tool in a project setting. The participants will work in teams to apply the FMEA methodology to a risk-analysis scenario. They will also be given the opportunity to discuss potential applications of FMEA on a current projectgiving them a head start in using this powerful tool on the job. In addition, a number of related tools that support the use of FMEA will be described and demonstrated.


Duration: 1-day.

Option: An additional half-day of consulting can be added to the training to allow time for the facilitator to guide the participants in applying the methodology to a job-related application.

Briefing for Senior Managers: A special 2-hour briefing is available for senior managers. This briefing can be helpful in establishing a culture where FMEA is valued and widely embraced from the top down. The briefing provides an overview of FMEA, including a discussion of the key management issues related to implementing and getting maximum results out of FMEA. The briefing is available as a face-to-face session or via an interactive webinar.

Lon Roberts, Ph.D. is the principal designer and instructor of the course. Dr. Roberts is known for his energetic, engaging style of presenting and in making difficult subjects easy to understand and apply on the job. He has held positions as a systems engineer, college professor, association executive, and is currently a principal partner of Roberts & Roberts Associates, an international training and consulting firm based in Plano, TX. He is also the author of four books and numerous articles and is frequently invited to speak at conferences and professional meetings.

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Organizations that interested in this program may also be interested in one or more of the following courses. Click on the title for details:

Root Cause Analysis in Problem Solving
Statistical Process Control for End Users
Process Reengineering Workshop

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