Lean Six Sigma Bursts: E69: Use Action Priority in your next FMEA instead of only using RPN

In this episode, I discuss Action Priority (AP), a newer method for determining which risks from an FMEA should be addressed. Traditionally, the multiplication of Severity, Occurrence and Detection was used to calculate a Risk Priority Number (RPN). Any number over a certain RPN threshold required action to reduce the risk. Action Priority gives three possible outcome for each risk identified: Low, Medium and High, which can make it easier to decide which RPN scores are more important than others. I also discuss the troubles I’ve had using a RPN threshold with FMEA teams, as they tend to score just below the threshold intentionally.


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