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  • How to Calculate Reliability Given 3 Different Distributions
    How to Calculate Reliability Given 3 Different Distributions On occasion, we want to estimate the reliability of an item at a specific time. Maybe we are considering extending the warranty period, for …
  • 4 Effective Risk Mitigation Strategies
    4 Effective Risk Mitigation Strategies Identifying risk is an important first step. It is not sufficient though. Taking steps to deal with risk is an essential step. Knowing about and thinking about r …
  • The Check Step of a Risk Management Framework
    The Check Step of a Risk Management Framework Planning and Implementing a risk management framework is an admirable accomplishment. Now make sure it is running well and will do so into the future. As …
  • Reliability and Implementing a Risk Management Plan
    Reliability and Implementing a Risk Management Plan With the advent of ISO 31000 and other ISO standards suggesting organizational risk management practices, your organization may have or soon will im …
  • The Difference Between Risk Management and Enterprise Risk Management
    The Difference Between Risk Management and Enterprise Risk Management The uncertainty concerning the future performance of a product or system is a risk to the customer and supplying organization. A p …
  • 4 Considerations When Designing A Risk Management Program
    4 Considerations When Designing A Risk Management Program The risk management framework in ISO 31000 provides a flexible approach to create the right program for your organization. The document doesn’ …
  • Implementing the Right Preventative Action
    Implementing the Right Preventative Action There are two instances when you should implement preventative action. First, once a failure occurs and you would like to avoid similar future failures. Seco …
  • Mandate and Commitment to Manage Risk
    Risk Exists; Therefore, Manage Risk Every organization, business, and individual faces a relentless barrage of risk. Some risks are minor, while others may overwhelm. We all deal with risk, manage ris …
  • Reliability and Risk Mitigation Actions
    Reliability and Risk Mitigation Actions Once reliability risks have been identified and analyzed, we have to do something. Well, not really. If the risk is acceptable to the stakeholders, then we can …
  • Determining Customer Reliability Requirements
    Determining What Customers Really Want Concerning Reliability Customers want the benefits created by your product. They want the time savings, the reduce yield loss, they want the simplicity, coolness …
  • The Quality Triangle and Reliability
    How Does Reliability Fit with the Quality Triangle? The Quality Triangle provides a method to establish priorities for a project. It strives to balance time, cost, and quality (or scope instead of qua …
  • A Framework for Risk Management
    A Framework for Managing Risk Making or supporting decisions involving product or system reliability is fraught with uncertainty. Is it reliable enough? Will failures occur prematurely? Are failures d …
  • CRE BoK and Risk Management
    The New ASQ CRE BoK Group: Risk Managment The 2018 ASQ CRE Body of Knowledge has the new top level section titled II. Risk Management. A few of the topics, 6 of the 9, are the same or similar to topic …
  • Review of 2018 ASQ CRE Body of Knowledge
    An Overall Review of the 2018 ASQ CRE Body of Knowledge The new CRE body of knowledge goes into effect for exams starting January 2018. The changes include topic that have been dropped, added, or alte …
  • 8 New Topics in the ASQ CRE Body of Knowledge
    A Review of the New Topics in the 2018 ASQ CRE Body of Knowledge Last week we reviewed the 10+ topics removed from the CRE body of knowledge (BoK). This week, let’s look at the additions. Three of the …
  • 10+ Dropped Items from the ASQ CRE Body of Knowledge
    A Review of the 2018 ASQ CRE Body of Knowledge: Dropped Topics and Concepts Just noticed the new 2018 ASQ CRE Body of Knowledge has posted on the ASQ site. The new BoK will be in effect for CRE exams …
  • The Eyring Model
    The Eyring Model for Accelerated Testing Sometimes the reaction rate of a process relies on two stresses. For chemical reactions temperature seems to influence the rate of the reaction. Yet, other str …
  • Waterfall Test Planning
    A Waterfall Test Planning Approach to Product Reliability Environmental Testing I may have the name, waterfall, used incorrectly here. Years ago I learned from a former Apple reliability group manager …
  • ALT Allocation of Test Units
    4:2:1 Allocation of Test Units One question that you should consider when planning a multiple stress accelerate life test (ALT) is the allocation of test units to the various stresses. We want to crea …
  • Electromigration Accelerated Life Testing
    Black’s Equation for Electromigration Accelerated Life Testing Black’s equation for estimating the time to failure due to electro migration is a classic. James Black explored and wrote about electromi …

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