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Mind Mapping

Discussion in 'FMEA - Failure Modes and Effects Analysis' started by QMSmaster, Mar 27, 2016.

  1. QMSmaster

    QMSmaster Active Member

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    Has anyone used mind Mapping techniques for doing FMEA's? We are experimenting with this so I am wondering if anyone else uses this approach?
     
  2. Claes Gefvenberg

    Claes Gefvenberg Moderator Staff Member

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    Actually... I started using mind mapping in ernest in the early 80'S, and have since used it for just about anything I can think of, including FMEA.
    I used it as a means to systematically come up with failure modes, and then enter those into the FMEA, but you may have other ideas? Do tell. Maybe we can learn from each other.
     
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    Can you share an example with us Claes? It sounds interesting.
     
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    We have been experimenting with using Mind Mapping to brainstorm failure modes and causes. Then we enter them into a spreadsheet for the usual RPN ratings. People seem to find the Mind mapping easier to brainstorm and it helps keep them interested. You can move a little faster also.

    FreeMind is the mind mapping SW we use. It is free. http://freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page

    It is a very useful tool to add to your tool box if you do not do this. You can mind map in Visio but FreeMind is the way to go.
     
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  5. Claes Gefvenberg

    Claes Gefvenberg Moderator Staff Member

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    That is more or less what I did, and I think it works very well. As for software, there is an abundance to choose from, but I agree that a dedicated mind mapping application should be used.

    Examples... I have not been doing this for a long time, but I will check if I still have something. I would use a mind map to create an Ishikawa diagramme of sorts, and if you branch out five times it also gives you a 5w as a bonus.
     
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    Ok, I have had a look, and... apparently it was too long ago: I could not find any examples.
     

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