Whether it be an aircraft, a missile defense system, an electrical power plant, or services like telecommunications or computer banking, reliability of high-tech systems is of great importance to today's professionals. This timely resource offers engineers and managers a comprehensive, unified treatment of the techniques and practice of systems reliability and failure prevention, without the use of advanced mathematics. Featuring numerous, in-depth real-world examples, the book distills the author's many years of practical experience in designing and testing critical systems. It focuses on the organizational causes of failure, a key topic that rarely receives attention. This unique book helps practitioners set reliability requirements for new products, monitor compliance with these requirements during development and later life cycle phases, account for software failures in an integrated reliability assessment, and allocate a fixed reliability improvement budget.
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