One of the things I like about reliability engineering is the field has a stable set of tools and approaches, with an ever-changing set of challenges. The process to conduct an FMEA or Root Cause Analysis hasn’t changed much over time. Meanwhile the advent of new designs, new materials, new assembly techniques, along with higher customer expectations, we continue to face interesting problems.
Let’s take a look into a crystal ball, follow a few trends, and discuss what may be the future of reliability engineering. Let’s also take a look at the idea that what guides our day to day work, which is to add value. Consider that we add value by influencing decisions. So what are those decisions and how can we provide the right information and insights so the right decision is made more often than not.
What would happen if we understood the question facing decision-makers? What if we organized our skills around answering questions, instead of around techniques? We might just select the appropriate tools more often and increase our ability to influence decisions, thus add value.