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Planning Gone Wrong: Operation Sea Lion
By Kent McDonald
Kent McDonald I listen to audio books while I am driving (as long as I am the only one in the car) and when I am working outside. The book I am listening to now, admittedly for the third time, is The Second World War by Winston Churchill. The narrator of the series is a dead ringer from Winston Churchill, so it brings an additional amount of reality to the account. The part I was listening to a couple of days ago made me think about the importance of collaboration in endeavors when there are multiple organizations involved. In this particular case, Churchill was talking about Operation Sea Lion, the planned German invasion of the United Kingdom in fall 1940. Read more »

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Holistic Methodologies
When I first started using Six Sigma tools and was introduced to FMEA, I thought it would be as complex as the name implies. I was wrong. The concepts behind FMEA are really quite simple and logical. Looking at risk from a hazard perspective just takes a slightly different mindset. Using the FMEA mindset can benefit all phases of the risk management lifecycle.

Fundamentally, FMEA and Project Risk Management are one and the same, but FMEA uses a more systematic approach to failure modes analysis. While traditional risk management does cover failure modes, typically it's concerned with the inherent risk of project execution on a more holistic level. In contrast, FMEA focuses on the impact of product feature failure modes. This results in a different approach to the risk analysis; some questions are very similar, and some may feel very different from the traditional process. Read More »
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