A few months ago at a IEC Dependability standards meeting, I met Thomas Young Olesen of Grundfos and we talked a little about NoMTBF. He said their company has a polity to not use MTBF. YES! So I asked for permission to post some information about the policy.
One interesting part of their internal site was a MTBF Calculator.
This is just a screen shot, yet by clicking the “I’m feeling lucky” link to get a new number. There is a short animation of rolling numbers (ala slot machine) and a new number appears. I’m told is a random number generator behind the scenes and suitable substitute for MTBF – given they are rather meaningless to begin with.
I like this company and this policy.
Thomas also sent me a short slide set that explains the policy a little more conventionally.
Does your company have such a policy? If so, please ask for permission to share here and lauded as one of the enlighten companies of the NoMTBF era. If not, why not?