New Article: Fixing a Complex System
This article presents a few hard earned opinions about how to fix a complex system. This approach is slow and methodical. It is best used when simple parts swapping does not solve the problem.
If you are interested, please see http://rick.sparber.org/FACS.pdf
Your comments are welcome. All of us are smarter than any one of us.
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Oct 27, 2016, 01:35 PM
Just bumping this incredibly important article. Most, if not all visitors to this site have encountered broken complex systems, and are even in possession of a variety of failed fixes or ever-broken machinery or tools. What's interesting here is the identification of non-intuitive problem-solving techniques, specifically these points:
-Identify people who run the system and invite them to be a part of the trouble shooting team.
-Could it be that the operator changed and the root cause is a person and not the system?
-Until proven wrong, assume there is more than one source of failures.
-If experts exist outside of the team, ask them to attend periodic reviews. Often the simple act of preparing for these reviews will shed light on the problem.
-Beyond the technical effort of finding the root causes of the failures is the political side.
Oct 29, 2016, 02:24 AM
Thanks Rick! We've added your Complex System Troubleshooting Method to our Miscellaneous category, as well as to your builder page: Rick Sparber's Homemade Tools. Your receipt:
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