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  • Arun Gowtham

Interested in learning the fundamentals of Reliability Engineering? Check out this training schedule. You can interact with fellow students and master the basics at this in-person event. Choose from two courses: a) Reliability 101 b) Weibull Analysis


Quanterion Solutions Incorporated - Reliability Engineering Training



  • Arun Gowtham

Please see below the newsletter from SRE Ottawa for 2022 winter session.


SRE Newsletter Feb 2022
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  • Arun Gowtham

For seminar event#336, SRE Ottawa hosted Shamir Doshi, Lean Manufacturing Engineer, Gastops Inc., Ottawa, ON for his presentation titled "Avoiding failure in Lean deployment: proactive management methods to improve productivity, quality, and reliability".


Shamir delivered an interesting presentation that delved into the crevices of Project Management to explain the impact a good proactive management practice can have on avoiding failures of products. This was a refreshing take on the topic that most of the teams neglect to consider, especially in large organizations with multi-level structure. How do you manage people with different mental maps approaching problems in their unique way? Are you giving the correct incentive for your team members? How has the quality or reliability of your products fared due to this misalignment in your team's work? All organizations face this type of challenge in some ways and the presenter shared methods on how to approach it.


Primary step is to take a proactive management role by the Team Leader and utilize the objective tools available to create a streamlined workflow. Once a structure is established, encourage the team members to follow the path and iterate improvements. There is a real potential in tapping into the knowledge of the team through effective brainstorming sessions. This can result in improved Quality, Reliability, and Safety. Underlying all the above solutions is a "proactive management mindset".



Shamir Doshi graciously shared the below reading materials for our community.


Video Clips from the discussion:

  1. A brief history of Lean

  2. How to Change one's mind: 12 Angry Men Movie Analysis

Further Reading Resources:

  1. NUMMI - How one car plant saved U.S. car industry

  2. The Puritan Gift: Reclaiming the American Dream Amidst Global Financial Chaos, Mar 17 2009 by Ken Hopper and Will Hopper

  3. Standardized Work with TWI: Eliminating Human Errors in Production and Service Processes Paperback Released: April 4 2016 by Bartosz Misiurek (Author)

  4. The Lean Farm: How to Minimize Waste, Increase Efficiency, and Maximize Value and Profits with Less Work Released: Sept. 16 2015 by Ben Hartman

  5. The Complete Lean Enterprise: Value Stream Mapping for Office and Services, Second Edition Paperback, Dec 10 2015 by Beau Keyte, Drew A. Locher

  6. The Perfect Engine: Driving Manufacturing Breakthroughs with the Globa Paperback, May 7 2011 by Patricia E. Moody, Anand Sharma

  7. Taiichi Ohnos Workplace Management: Special 100th Birthday Edition by Taiichi Ohno | Dec 11 2012

  8. Toyota Production System: Beyond Large-Scale Production by Taiichi Ohno and Norman Bodek | Dec 17 2019

  9. The Toyota Way, Second Edition: 14 Management Principles from the World's Greatest Manufacturer by Jeffrey Liker | Dec 1 2020