September 2015


HP Reliability: Reader feedback: How one manager views Pareto’s 80/20 rule

In March, Hydrocarbon Processing obtained feedback on its February “Reliability” column.

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In March, Hydrocarbon Processing obtained feedback on its February “Reliability” column. In this column, we had opined that Pareto’s 80/20 rule can be applied to the reliability engineering profession. One of the top managers at a large enterprise thought it was an excellent article, and we believe his experience-based observations deserve to be shared with readers. The manager wrote: It may surprise some, but I almost invariably use the rule to determine not just how I use my own time, but also the time of my colleagues. In essence, I always like to look at the big numbers before I look at the small numbers. I deliberately try to identify the big rocks, but then I use my judgment to und

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