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Advanced Quality Planning: A Commonsense Guide to AQP and APQP (Productivity's Shopfloor) Paperback – 2 May 2001
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I think the scope of the book is too large for it to cover succinctly. First off, there is no reason to include a chapter on "business plans" in a book on Advanced Quality Planning. Second off, there was not nearly enough focus on the documentation required such as FMEAs, Concept Diagrams, etc.
Otherwise, the book was also very dry and wordy. It tries to basically encompass the whole process of product design, not just the role of quality engineering principles in the design process. I have seen many books handle the design process in a delightful and visual way, which is very informative. This book? Words words words. Personally, I think design books without drawings are basically incompetent. So, if this book is trying to be a design book (which it shouldn't be in the first place) then it fails at that too.
It seems like it may be an OK 50,000 foot overview of running a product development company, and the roles your employees might play, but for an active participant in the process, I'm not sure it's very useful.
Caveat: I have only skimmed this book. However, I skim pretty intensively. This sentance on page 77 kinda damns the whole book for me: "The Design FMEA is a "living document" for determining the probability of the occurence. . .". It fails for two reasons. One, why the air quotes? Is it a living document or not? Two, If this is the entirety of their discussion on why the FMEA is important, they have failed to grasp a fundamental concept about the use of an FMEA. Now, that section is complete and accurate, but I think the fact that it's only a few paragraphs long underplays the role of FMEA in product design. Maybe that's just my opinion though.