Failure Mode and Effect Analysis


FMEA (Failure Mode & Effect Analysis is a method of identifying, analyzing, and enabling the prevention of product and process problems. FMEA workshops are intended to prevent defects, lower costs, simplify, and improve performance and safety. As applied to products, for example, the objectives of FMEA are to identify modes, causes, and consequences of a product failure. FMEA s are typically built with work teams.

Why and When?

FMEAs are useful for:

New products

Network configuration

Process changes

Corporate re-organizations

Purchasing decisions

Homeland Security plans

You can use FMEAs as a routine activity in assessing risks in alternative product designs and process improvements.


Annotated agendas are intended for use by the facilitator and can extend up to twenty pages and larger.  They provide a play script of the context that needs to managed, typically in a partial day, full day, or multiple day workshop environment.  They stipulate in great detail the Purpose of each agenda step, the Questions to be addressed during each step, and the need place for multi-media support including movie files, PowerPoint slides, and large Post-It notes.  Each agenda step provides an estimated timeframe, summary statements, and additional notes.  MOST IMPORTANTLY each agenda step comes with a highly detailed method—HOW TO facilitate the deliverable with an emphasis on the analysis tool and HOW TO take lists and converge them into documents and consensually agreed upon findings, outputs, and actions.


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