Design Process Blindspots
Join Carl and Fred as they discuss the nature of “blind spots” and how they can be addressed in teams.
- On an FMEA team, why not have the design engineer make the decisions?
- Why do you need an engineering team?
- What are “blind spots” and how can they be mitigated?
- Sometimes you can get so close to a problem that you cannot see the solution
- Discussion of Henry Petroski’s book “Design Paradigms”
- Three reasons to use teams to overcome blind spots
- The solution to a problem can create other unintended problems
- Some problems need a pause to see the solution
- Look at problems from other points of view
- People do not have the same blind spots
- People are often unaware of their blind spots
- Use of brainstorming to enhance solutions
- Be open to other people’s ideas
- You cannot anticipate everything; but you can minimize risk
- If you do a very good job of FMEA preparation and facilitation, you can reduce risk to an acceptable level
- Risk never goes to zero
- Management needs to understand the limitations of individual engineers
- The culture has to allow people to say something is not right
- Reliability engineers need to speak up when there is a high-risk issue
- What do you do if you see something, and the culture does not support speaking up?
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