How to Self-Advocate for More Customer Face Time (and why it’s important)

There are many stories of design successes attributed to the right level of understanding of the customer. Product designers make decisions, daily, about how a product is going to look and perform. So, we need to really understand the customer. And, to really get the customer, engineers need to spend time with them. Sometimes, the business doesn’t want us to interact with…

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Choosing Quality Tools (Mind Map vs. Flowchart vs. Spaghetti Diagram)

Within our quality toolbox, there are a lot of graphical organizers. Some are better at fulfilling different goals than others. If we have a goal in mind, then we may choose a certain tool. However, we don’t want analysis paralysis about which tool is best to stop us from using any tool at all.  I share my 3 general guidelines about choosing a graphical quality tool, how to draw them, and…

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The DFE Part of DFX (Design For Environment and eXcellence)

Design for Excellence (DFX) is a concept that includes many initiatives, like design for usability, design for manufacturability and assembly, and design for environment and disassembly. It’s a focus on doing things right, exceeding customer expectations, optimizing what’s needed while minimizing costs, and continuous improvement.  Today we take a deep dive on one of those…

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The DFE Part of DFX (Design For Environment and eXcellence) [transcript]

Design for Excellence (DFX) is a concept that includes many initiatives, like design for usability (or Ux), design for manufacturability and assembly, and design for environment and disassembly. It’s a focus on doing things right, exceeding customer expectations, optimizing what’s needed while minimizing costs, and continuous improvement.  Today we take a deep dive on one of those aspects: design for environment (DFE), including design for disassembly (DFD). What are reasons that a business…

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Results-Driven Decisions, Faster: Accelerated Stress Testing as a Reliability Life Test

We want to ensure our designs perform reliably, as expected and intended. With today’s high-reliability products and quick release to market, we probably don’t have enough time to just test our parts at normal use rates. It would take too long, because our products ARE so reliable. Or, we’ll miss our window of opportunity to get our product to market.  There are several ways to get…

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When to use DOE (Design of Experiments)?

What is design of experiments, or DOE? What do we use it for and what is it all about? We talk about when we might want to use it during the design cycle, and we do this without getting into all of the how-to and mathematical equations. VIEW THE TRANSCRIPT DOE is an iterative process,…

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When to use DOE (Design of Experiments)? [transcript]

What is design of experiments, or DOE? What do we use it for and what is it all about? Let’s talk about when you might want to use it during the design cycle. We’ll do this without getting into all of the how-to and mathematical equations, right after this brief introduction. Hello and welcome to…

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