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Scoping Failure Analysis

In adapting the six-sigma technique of failure mode and effects analysis for data quality management, we are hoping to proactively identify the potential errors that lead to the most severe business impacts and then strengthen the processes and applications to prevent errors from being introduced in the first place. In my last post, though, I noted that the approach to this analysis starts with the errors and then figures out the impacts. I think we should go the other way so as to optimize the effort and reduce the analysis time to focus on the most important potentialities. (more…)

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The Myth of Unlimited Resources

Last time we looked at the failure mode and effect analysis technique from the six-sigma community and slightly adjusted it to be data-centric so that it can be used to anticipate the different types of data errors that could occur and adjust application design to accommodate the prevention of data errors in the first place. This approach really is proactive since you are proactively considering the many different types of errors that could be introduce and then shoring up the process in anticipation of their occurrence. (more…)

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Anticipating Failure

One of our clients has adopted the use of six-sigma techniques, and pointed me to a template for a “failure mode and effects analysis” spreadsheet. A quick web search provided a number of different versions of the same idea (search for “FMEA,” is it faster ;-) ). This template is a guide to the analyst to look at a process and identify the types of problems that could occur and what the impacts or effects of those failures are. At each step of the process, one must explore: (more…)

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Shortening Development Times Through Lean Integration

Published with permission from Toolbox for IT. The original post, “Shortening Development Times through Lean Integration” by Leigh Dow can be found here.

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The Director’s Cut:

Shortening Development Times through Lean Integration

by Leigh Dow Director, Toolbox for IT

Spend a few minutes with David Lyle, Informatica’s VP of Product Strategy and you will learn three things. David is passionate about his work, he’s proud of the products they have created and he enjoys meeting with user groups. The Informatica team has developed software by not only listening to what their customers say they need, but maybe even more importantly observing what challenges their customers are trying to tackle through software implementations. The result? Embracing “Lean Integration”, a management system emphasizing continuous improvements and the elimination of waste in end-to-end data integration and process integration activities. (more…)

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