Software Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA)

Course Summary

This course is designed to provide a new tool set to prevent failures in both design and process performance of software.

Event Details

16 hours
Combination lecture and classroom exercises
Available at QSG’s training facilities and on-site at your organization


Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) is a powerful technique for avoiding process problems and preventing defects in products and services. The use of FMEA helps to anticipate and guide action to prevent failures in both design and process performance.

Application of FMEA to software design anticipates defects before they occur, thus allowing quality to be built into software products. Software FMEA assesses the ability of the system design, as expressed through its software component, to react in a predictable manner to ensure system safety. Thus, Software FMEA is a form of Design FMEA.

During this hands-on course, participants will perform FMEAs on their own designs, present the results of their analyses, and plan future applications of FMEA for when they return to work.

Who Should Attend

This course was designed for Software, R&D, design, manufacturing, and quality engineers and managers. Participants are encouraged to bring their own designs to get the most out of the hands-on workshops and applications. It is most beneficial when a team from an organization attends together.

Learning Objectives

During this course participants will acquire a new tool set that can be applied right away to prevent failures in their organizations’ designs and processes.

Course Outline

  • Systems Thinking
  • Introduction to FMEA
  • Design FMEA
  • Software FMEA
  • Basic Procedure for Improving a System
  • Additional Reference Materials
  • Introduction to Systematic Root Cause Analysis




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