Free 186 More Best Homemade Tools eBook:  
Get 2,000+ tool plans, full site access, and more.

User Tag List

Results 1 to 3 of 3

Thread: New Article: Fixing a Complex System

  1. #1
    Supporting Member rgsparber's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Phoenix, AZ
    Posts
    1,293
    Thanks
    740
    Thanked 2,782 Times in 654 Posts

    rgsparber's Tools

    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.


    Thanks,

    Rick

    186 More Best Homemade Tools eBook
    Rick

  2. The Following User Says Thank You to rgsparber For This Useful Post:

    Jon (Oct 6, 2016)

  3. #2
    Jon
    Jon is online now Jon has agreed the Seller's Terms of Service
    Administrator
    Supporting Member
    Jon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Colorado, USA
    Posts
    25,710
    Thanks
    7,994
    Thanked 39,063 Times in 11,414 Posts
    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.

    2000 Tool Plans

  4. #3
    Content Editor
    Supporting Member
    DIYer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Posts
    3,056
    Thanks
    775
    Thanked 1,857 Times in 1,657 Posts
    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:




    186 More Best Homemade Tools eBook

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •