Category Archives: Quality

All things Quality including Six Sigma, Lean, MUDA, SQC, etc.

Capacity Management, Failure Mitigation, and Where to Start?

Standard mitigation tools are a great place to start with Capacity Management, just like any failure mitigation need. As a telecommunications and IT consultant, we’re often called upon to solve problems. I remember some of my early training that suggested … Continue reading

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Reliability Society Denver Section Meeting on Reliability Based Steel Sheet Pile Assessment

On Thursday, November 29th, the Denver Section of the IEEE Reliability Society enjoyed an evening of professional discussions and networking, with a very interesting technical talk from Dr. Rui Liu, a drawing for a book by Gregg Hobbs, and pizza … Continue reading

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Reliability Society Denver Section Meeting on Network Reliability and Prognostics

On Friday, October 26th, the Denver Section of the IEEE Reliability Society held a technical meet at the Tivoli Building of the University of Colorado-Denver. Our newest Chair, Dr. Jason W. Rupe, presented his observations and work on the advances … Continue reading

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Otherwise coherent networks become incoherent when capacity is concerned

See the network in Figure 1 below. Source node 1 fails, which from a pure availability perspective disrupts only traffic originating or terminating at node 1 because all other nodes can still communicate. So a coherent network (as is the … Continue reading

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Sorting through the nines to compare reliability or availability in designs

When comparing architectures for availability and reliability, it is often difficult to comprehend the small differences in the estimates. It is tempting to compare in terms of downtime, but doing that is a slippery slope; people like to think of … Continue reading

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QBQ! and engineering

Engineers who solve problems (which had better be all of us!) can benefit from the concept of QBQ! create by John G. Miller (www.qbq.com). A common tool for solving engineering and business problems is root cause analysis. More specifically in … Continue reading

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A goal oriented process development guideline

Much of the process work I’ve been involved in over the years ends up becoming an exercise in documentation, or making everyone happy that you have incorporated their input, rather than creating the documented process that is efficient and effective. … Continue reading

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What is this thing about?

This website serves up topics for reference and discussion in the areas of Reliability, Quality, Operations Research, IT, Telecommunications, Systems Engineering, Management Science, Consulting, and a whole lot of other things mostly related to these areas of engineering and technologies. … Continue reading

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