I write quite a bit about reliability and have plans to write quite a bit more. I have looked to prolific authors in our field with admiration and respect: Wayne Nelson, Patrick O’Connor or Terrence O’Hanlon, they all share so much knowledge. They make the subjects and material clear and accessible. They have in large part helped me all throughout my career by enabling my ability to solve problems and create value.
Of course, there are many others that have contributed to my career and my approach to engineering. My colleagues, managers, and mentors have each helped to educate and develop my skills and approach. Every single client has also contributed. As many of you have heard from me, I learn from every encounter and feel very fortunate to have a career that enables such wonderful exploration and learning as part of my day-to-day work.
I write essays for NoMTBF.com encouraging you to avoid using MTBF or at least understand what it means and what it doesn’t. I write tutorial pieces for CRE preparation on WordPress (creprep.wordpress.com) in an effort to build a review site with a body of knowledge for those preparing for the ASQ CRE certification exam. I curate and create much of the content on the site reliabilitycalendar.org which has a growing collection of professional development options for reliability and maintainability professionals.
My collected published or presented work is on this site embedded from Slideshare. See my Hoc Opus for my growing list of papers and presentations. I’m working on more articles and presentations, so I expect that list to continue to grow.
This brings me back to the introduction to this blog. Here I intend to write about reliability and maintenance engineering as a profession. I’ll write about my experiences, questions, approaches and, yes, musings. I’ve enjoyed a great career and have learned so much. I regularly field questions on Linkedin in various groups or from email concerning how to get started, how to move ahead, how to find a position, and how to improve value provided. I have worked with thousands of engineers and managers in hundreds of organizations to improve product reliability and asset availability. I can write with experience.
I’m working on two book chapters and two books. As they come to press I’ll be certain to keep updates posted here, yet, those that follow this blog will see much of that material as it is being developed. I find writing regularly for the NoMTBF and CREPrep blogs good practice to work out thoughts and concepts, to explore ways to articulate and clearly share my approaches and thoughts. So, in support of my continued writing efforts, I will use this blog as a means to practice, share and look for feedback.
The topics will continue to evolve, yet will initially involve reliability management, program and project planning, goal setting, basic tools, and techniques, determining value, and accelerated testing. These are the topics on my list of book and article writing commitments. This list will continue to grow as I explore interesting topics, as I receive feedback about what is interesting and important from you. I expect to write weekly if possible and monthly as a minimum. We’ll see how it develops.
Please comment, ask questions, suggest topics, and if you’d like submit blog entries (guest posts are most welcome). Mostly, I expect you to join the discussion and continue to learn. There are many sources for professional development I hope to become a key source for you and your career.
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