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Failure Mode Effects Analysis Guide & Template

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A proven analysis method for identifying and preventing business process failures and errors.

Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA) is a method for analyzing potential ways in which a process could fail impacting process performance, output quality, customer satisfaction. FMEA works by using a consistent classification approach in which failures are prioritized based on severity, detectability and likelihood.  Failure modes are errors or defects in a process, design, or item, especially those that affect the customer, and can be potential or actual. Effects analysis refers to the evaluation of the consequences of failures.

FMEA is a useful method for identifying and analyzing the potential “break points” of a process. It helps ask the questions – “where could this process go wrong, how bad will it be when it goes wrong, how likely will we see it has gone wrong and be able to correct it”. Using the objective assessment and scoring approach, FMEA can be used to focus improvement efforts in areas likely to cause greatest impact. FMEA is a valuable technique to utilize in any process analysis exercise where control and output quality is critical.

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