Using the Prevention Tab Throughout the Product Cycle

Prevention data can be gathered in any phase of the product cycle. The length of time between the introduction of a defect, its discovery, and its repair may vary dramatically depending on the phase in which the defect is introduced. Defects introduced in the design phase may not be discovered until the product is released to users and may not be repaired until a future release. Therefore, prevention data gathering may lag defect introduction significantly. However, there should be no lag time between repairing defects and gathering prevention data. It is important to the success of the defect prevention activity that this data be gathered at the point of experience—the point at which the ...

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