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How Dianna thinks about Quality during Design

Read my take:

applying quality thinking during a design process to get the best designs

is like

pruning a fruit tree as it grows to get the best fruit


QDD Versus Video Series

Get Quality and Reliability Engineering fundamentals from a Product Design Engineering point-of-view.

Not sure what Quality Thinking means for product design? This video series is the introduction you need. It introduces several topics by comparison in just 8 episodes.

  • each episode builds upon the previous ones, to take you on a journey
  • focused on relationships to product design engineering
  • "crash courses" - each episodes is less than 15 minutes
  • graphics in videos and Venn diagrams in the notes help drive home concepts
  • several options: watch the video, listen to the podcast, read the transcript, and/or read the notes.

At the end of the series, you'll have a framework for your own application of Quality Thinking that can help with the success of your designs.

Episode 1 - Detection Controls vs. Prevention Controls
Episode 2 - Discrete Data vs. Continuous Data
Episode 3 - Internal Customers vs. External Customers
Episode 4 - Design Specs vs. Process Control, Capability, and SPC
Episode 5 - Quality as a Strategic Asset vs. Quality as a Control
Episode 6 - ALT vs. HALT
Episode 7 - Design Input & Specs vs. Test & Measure Capability
Episode 8 - UFMEA vs. DFMEA

Curated Resources

Below is a list of some of my favorite resources: books, handbooks, websites, and quality friends. My recommended materials are either well-worn from years of my use or sparked ideas when I read them. If you try them out, I hope you find them valuable, too. I’ll continually refresh these lists. 

Reliability Engineering & Accelerated Testing

Consulting with Reliability Alliance: John provides training to industry clients on Introduction to Reliability Engineering & Accelerated Testing.  He also coaches teams on validation test planning, including field-correlated accelerated test plans. Contact John E. Kreucher through Reliability Alliance. 

Resource Websites:

“…the most complete website devoted entirely to the topic of reliability engineering, reliability theory and reliability data analysis and modeling.” 

Accendo Reliability

Find podcasts, articles, resources, courses, eBooks, and webinars from the Reliability professional community. Content is open-access, and ask and contributors questions.

Minitab's help guide on distribution fit for reliability analyses.

This source lists the available distributions in Minitab, and you can read more about them. Bookmark the page as a starting point to help you.

Reliability Engineering eTextbook Library: ReliaWiki

Bookmark this site or download the .pdf's of several reliability topics.


Ebeling, Charles E. An Introduction to Reliability and Maintainability Engineering. Waveland Press, Inc., 2005. 

Gray, Kirk A. and John J. PaschkewitzNext Generation HALT and HASS: Robust Design of Electronics and Systems. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2016. 

Raheja, Dev. and Louis J. Gullo. Design for Reliability. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., 2012.

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