Over the past two weeks this site has received over 150 visitors each weekday. From what I can see in the analytics and from a few conversations with folks, the site provides insights and information around the use of MTBF, plus basic information concerning reliability engineering.
Google tends to like the site as they agree that visitors like the site, too.
Book project in search of feedback
Given the interest and plenty of encouragement (and helpful suggestions) I’m putting together a book based on the NoMTBF material. Not just bashing MTBF, although there is plenty of that, but also the steps to use reliability or other measure that provide better information.
I have the basic outline and draft completed and am now ready for some feedback. If you’d like to review the work, conditional on you providing you feedback, suggestions, ideas and comments, let me know and I’ll send you a draft copy.
The draft needs work on formatting, layout, adding clean graphics, etc. Yet the outline and basic text is there.
Can you follow the argument, is the writing clear, is there anything missing, how about the order or emphasis?
It’s not a long work, right now about 22,000 words or depending on book page size, fonts size, margins, etc. about 100 to 120 pages. In word it has 73 pages right now without any attention to formatting.
If you have the time and interest let me know and I’ll send you copy, but you have to comment, critic, and make suggestions. I really would like this work to be useful for you and for use to encourage others to avoid using MTBF.
Course project in search of ideas and direction
This period of reflection concerning the NoMTBF project has reinforced the idea that we need to provide something concrete and positive to do instead of just not doing MTBF. Part of the issue is our education system, standards, and textbooks as they often include MTBF in examples and at length in the discussion.
So, the idea is to create a course for experienced reliability professionals and interested engineers and managers with an interest in reliability, that focuses on reliability metrics from goal setting to tracking performance.
I’ve the technology to put together an online course that could be self paced or provided on a fixed schedule (say weekly). It could include short lectures, discussions, reading material and quizzes or examples to work.
Here’s a draft outline – what do you think?
- Reliability definition and how it is used in engineering decision making
Common reliability measures: pros and cons
Reliability and Availability Goal setting – connecting the goal to your business objectives
Estimating reliability for comparison to the goals
Tracking reliability and reporting performance
Reliability testing with results that compare to goals
Reliability modeling that leads to meaningful discussions and decisions
Common mistakes and remedies concerning reliability measures
How to get useful reliability information from vendors
(plenty of opportunity for bashing MTBF, yet if done in contrast to much better methods and measures, may provide really practical and useful information.)
So, thoughts? What would you want added, emphasized, and what would you want to be main take aways for each topics? What would you like to see in the course for yourself or for those you’d recommend take the course?
If you’d like to participate in the course project, I’m very open to your ideas and suggestions. Maybe help create and present a topic, provide examples, or sample problems or discussion questions.
Anyway, looking for feedback and ideas to make the NoMTBF site much more positive and useful for the reliability engineering community and for anyone interested in reliability.