“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is a very well-known idiom. It is better to try every day to remain healthy than wait until you are sick to see the doctor. This idiom could be adapted to engineering. It is important to reduce risks that can cause errors as much as possible and not wait to fix an issue when it arises. Understanding causes and impacts is also crucial to avoid doing mistakes again and reduce time to market for projects or products.
Errors and risks in engineering
Product quality directly depends on specifications and processes to comply with initial expectations. Processes must also minimize the risk of non-conformance occurring through precise potential issues identification all along processes and project stages.
Traceability in projects
Being able to fix errors imply being able to trace decisions, changes and all documentation impacted by a common cause. It means that a unique repository is needed to provide a “single version of the truth” and efficient workflow must structure, link and organize data. If an error occurs, it is essential to go back to the cause and change it. Impacts are easier to manage through an effective platform and decisions makers can prioritize tasks and projects with full knowledge of the facts.