First off I want to say thanks to you the readers of the NoMTBF blog. The notes of thanks, of encouragement, and support all propel me to write to you each week.
I especially like the stories of success helping someone ‘get it’ concerning the common misunderstandings of MTBF. I have to think your work and actions is making a difference across the field of reliability engineering. We’re making progress.
The NoMTBF Site and Plans Going Forward
2016 is nearly here and it’s time to sort out what to write about, to add, to develop for you, the NoMTBF community. Weekly articles on various aspects of reliability engineering with a continued push toward being clear and helpful with our work. That seems to be the core of the site and community.
In 2015 we launched The Reliability Metric book and receive wonderful feedback and support for that project. It’s available via MagCloud as PDF and as Print on Demand softcover. In 2016, what do you think of adding a course based on the book? A bit of reliability statistics, a bit on establishing useful reliability metrics, and maybe a little on the perils of MTBF and what you can do to make the change away from MTBF.
What do you think?
In 2016 I’d like to add a couple of other authors to the mix, too. If you’d like to write about reliability topics, let me know. I’d really like to add at least one more article per week, so either another serious author, or 4 or more that can contribute at least once a month. Keep in mind that the authors that have contributed before, like Kirk, create articles that receive way more attention than mine (which is great – really).
The site and blog platform provides the structure and audience, so put together a few ideas, jot down an outline or two, and start writing. It’s good for you, your career, and our profession.
The NoMTBF Campaign of 2016
Many of you have or know about the NoMTBF campaign buttons. Keep them visible as they do start conversations and sometimes even cause people to think. Which is a good thing.
For 2016, I’m thinking about ordering another bulk of the buttons. This keeps the price of the individual buttons low. Another idea is to us lapel stickers – look like a button, yet just a bit of paper and adhesive rather than a metal button and pin structure.
The buttons cost about $0.30 each for an order of 1,000. The stickers cost about $0.10 each for an order of 1,000. So, in the spirit of a Kickstarter campaign, any pledges of support? If Enough of you would like to order buttons and / or stickers, let me know how many you’d like along with your commitment to buy that quantity or more if we make the target of at least 1k buttons or 1k stickers.
I’ll have to sort out shipping costs, yet will keep it reasonable. So, be sure to get enough to share at your next meeting, conference, or walk through the office break room.
Send me an email directly if would like to support this bulk buy project. Email Fred about getting buttons or stickers.
Seriously, thanks for all the kind words, support, subscriptions, book purchases, and stories of success. This site started partly out of frustration with the rampant mis understandings around a simple metric, and in large part out of encouragement of folks like you.
Best Wishes to you and your family in the new year