Is that tool really going to help me?
We do not want tools that waste our time. How do we know which tool can create benefit for us? Here are a few tools worth using on most projects. Each section below contains a 2-minute video to expand on the topic provided.
How to understand customers and create breakthrough ideas
Quality Function Deployment (QFD) has many potential aspects to it but has been limited in scope and poorly applied when it has been used. We need to understand our customer and our project up front so we are working on the right things. An expanded QFD approach can accomplish these objectives.
Managing Project Risks
Sadly, Project Management can become micromanagement and yet yield an alarmingly high rate of project failure. Poor management of risks is one area that can throw a project off track. Use of comprehensive Risk Management can help, which is well beyond the Failure Modes and Effects Analysis used by most organizations.
When an issue is first discovered, people tend to jump to conclusions. Instead, finding relevant data and science can greatly speed the resolution process. One approach in manufacturing is Statistical Process Control, comparing current performance to historic trends.
Monte Carlo analysis can be used in development to understand the likely window of operation of our process or design.