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Method for improving complex solutions

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000199431D
Publication Date: 2010-Sep-02
Document File: 5 page(s) / 220K

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Abstract

This idea proposes an improved method for improving complex solutions. The method addresses gaps in identifying a comprehensive set of failure modes and risks that cover the multiple perspectives of a solution space in the application of Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA) and Risk Analysis techniques. The proposal addresses this problem through the integration of the "Influencer" model with the FMEA technique. The integration involves structuring the FMEA to cover the 6 perspectives of the Influencer model. This insures that a comprehensive set of failure modes spanning both human and structural factors are considered. The output of the FMEA analysis is then integrated into the Influencer model sources of change resulting in the failure modes, their importance quantification, and their requisite change strategies for addressing the failure mode being aligned with their respective Influencer model sources of influence perspectives. This results in a richer information set that enables the practitioner to select the most important set of failure modes and their associated change strategies to implement. This is done according to a set of selection guidelines that are drawn from the union of the FMEA and Influencer methods. This integrated approach is claimed to be more powerful than their individual application.

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Method for improving complex solutions

This idea proposes an improved method for improving complex solutions.  The method addresses gaps in identifying a comprehensive set of failure modes and risks that cover the multiple perspectives of a solution space in the application of Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA) and Risk Analysis techniques. The proposal addresses this problem through the integration of the "Influencer" model with the FMEA technique. The integration involves structuring the FMEA to cover the 6 perspectives of the Influencer model. This insures that a comprehensive set of failure modes spanning both human and structural factors are considered. The output of the FMEA analysis is then integrated into the Influencer model sources of change resulting in the failure modes, their importance quantification, and their requisite change strategies for addressing the failure mode being aligned with their respective Influencer model sources of influence perspectives. This results in a richer information set that enables the practitioner to select the most important set of failure modes and their associated change strategies to implement. This is done according to a set of selection guidelines that are drawn from the union of the FMEA and Influencer methods. This integrated approach is claimed to be more powerful than their individual application.

Improving the reliability or probability of success of complex solutions that rely on factors that include human relations and structural elements (e.g. business rules, processes, business structure) are typically done through the application of techniques such as Failure Modes Effects Analysis and Risk Analysis. These approaches are used to increase reliability/robustness of a solution. They allow the identification and prioritization of failure modes and risks respectively.

Addressing the top priority failure modes or risks in the solution domain will have the greatest impact in enabling the solution to achieve its intended result.

Research has shown that the likelihood of a solution achieving and having lasting success is dramatically increased when the solution is based on the application of four or more high leverage strategies. This is especially true when the strategies address multiple perspectives of the solution.

The problem is that the application of the FMEA and Risk Analysis techniques does not ensure that the practitioner is identifying a comprehensive set of failure modes / risks that cover the multiple perspectives of a solution space. In particular, the multiple perspectives must span both the human relations and environmental/structural perspectives. This is of critical importance. For example, solutions that involve technology may rely on the enactment of specific human behaviors as well as the existence of enabling structural factors such as business rules, processes, and business structure to achieve their intended results.

This idea addresses said problem through the novel...