Reliability drives innovation

The real engine behind technology advancement is reliability. Innovators would benefit from focusing on reliability.

Sure we always strive to do better for various reasons: competition, market share, profit, save lives. If necessity is the mother of invention, perhaps laziness is its father. But neither would succeed without the work to make things more reliable.

Innovative solutions can’t be implemented widely until they are made reliable. Technology advances from not being able to do a thing, to doing it almost by accident, to figuring out how to do it, to doing it more efficiently (with less waste, which requires higher quality, which is more reliable), to doing it cheaply enough and reliable enough to scale the solution.  To scale a technology or innovation is to develop it. That development engine is the work to make it reliable. So anyone working to develop anything is tasked to make things more reliable. 

If you want to be successful at development, innovation, or leveraging technology in any way, you may benefit from paying close attention to reliability concerns. It could be the best measure of effectiveness you could use for decision making.

Indeed reliability is the driver behind development, so we might be tempted to refer to it as research and reliability, but then we can’t refer to it as R&R now can we?

About Rupe

Dr. Jason Rupe wants to make the world more reliable, even though he likes to break things. He received his BS (1989), and MS (1991) degrees in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University; and his Ph.D. (1995) from Texas A&M University. He worked on research contracts at Iowa State University for CECOM on the Command & Control Communication and Information Network Analysis Tool, and conducted research on large scale systems and network modeling for Reliability, Availability, Maintainability, and Survivability (RAMS) at Texas A&M University. He has taught quality and reliability at these universities, published several papers in respected technical journals, reviewed books, and refereed publications and conference proceedings. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and of IIE. He has served as Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Reliability, and currently works as its Managing Editor. He has served as Vice-Chair'n for RAMS, on the program committee for DRCN, and on the committees of several other reliability conferences because free labor is always welcome. He has also served on the advisory board for IIE Solutions magazine, as an officer for IIE Quality and Reliability division, and various local chapter positions for IEEE and IIE. Jason has worked at USWEST Advanced Technologies, and has held various titles at Qwest Communications Intl., Inc, most recently as Director of the Technology Modeling Team, Qwest's Network Modeling and Operations Research group for the CTO. He has always been those companies' reliability lead. Occasionally, he can be found teaching as an Adjunct Professor at Metro State College of Denver. Jason is the Director of Operational Modeling (DOM) at Polar Star Consulting where he helps government and private industry to plan and build highly performing and reliable networks and services. He holds two patents. If you read this far, congratulations for making it to the end!
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