Why I Wrote ‘5 Habits of an Extraordinary Reliability Engineer’

It started in the Australian sunshine outside my daughter’s audition venue. All I had was my laptop and a few spare hours, so as part of a business workshop task, I began creating a mind map of all the mistakes I had made in my career. As I wrote them down, a pattern surfaced. I kept making the same five mistakes:

  1. Not identifying problems before they find you.
  2. Not taking the time to understand problems.
  3. Ignoring the alternative solutions to problems.
  4. Ignoring data that is essential for understanding and solving problems.
  5. Failing to implement a solution in the workplace.

After my daughter’s audition, I kept thinking about this discovery and eventually came up with the five habits that helped me avoid these mistakes.

  • Not identifying problems —> Identify problems
  • Not understanding problems —> Understand problems
  • Ignoring alternatives —> Assess the alternatives
  • Not using data —> Use data
  • Failing to implement —> Implement by facilitation

I realised that these lessons could be invaluable to reliability engineers across the globe, which is why I decided to write a book about it. I wanted ‘5 Habits of Reliability Engineers’ to be 15 years worth of wisdom enclosed in a small, quick-to-read book. If they didn’t spend 15 years making the same mistakes as myself, imagine what they could achieve instead? They could make new mistakes and gain new wisdom that they could pass down to the next generation of reliability engineers.

In one of my favourite books and main inspirations, ‘7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ by Stephen Covey,  he said that a person desires to live, love, learn, and leave a legacy. I have a life to live, people to love, lessons to learn, and this book is my legacy to leave.

Want to read ‘5 Habits of Reliability Engineers’? Buy the book from Amazon now or click here to learn more.

Next Extraordinary Reliability Engineers Course Starts Tuesday 16 July

Hey there future Extraordinary Reliability Engineer!

It’s time to get serious.

Industry is currently undergoing huge changes, with new technology and processes being introduced daily. What can you do as a reliability engineer to avoid wasting your time on low-value tasks?

To become a Extraordinary Reliability Engineer you need focus in on doing the right things at the right time.

THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT.

If you understand “WHY” or at least have the desire to understand exactly “HOW” to become an Extraordinary Reliability Engineer, this training is for you.

I’ll show you how to apply the habits that I have learned from over 15 years of experience as a reliability engineer. This means that if you follow the course you will learn 14 years and 7 months worth of wisdom in only two weeks!

During this first free 60-minute online event, I’ll be sharing with you:

  • The 5 Don’ts – what I should have done and the mistakes I’ve made
  • The 5 Habits – what I did to correct situations
  • How the habits were determined
  • Course program for the next 10 weeks

Location:

The webinar will take place online using Zoom video conferencing, which means you can watch from the comfort of your home or work place. Emails with details to access the Zoom conference will be emailed to you 24 hours prior to the event, so be sure to keep an eye on your inbox. If you do not recieve the details or cannot find them. Please email us at marketing@reliabilityextranet.com as soon as you can and we will respond with the details.

Date:

Tuesday 16th of July 2019 6pm AEST (Sydney/Melbourne time)

To register for this free web event:

Simply register for your free ticket, add your details, and you will receive an email confirmation with the webinar link and additional emails over the coming days.

Limited time offer:

This webinar will not be recorded, you will need to be present on the web event to get the details of the offer.

I look forward to sharing an insightful hour with you on July 16th.

Peter Horsburgh

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Next Extraordinary Reliability Engineers Course Starts Tuesday 16 April

Hey there future Extraordinary Reliability Engineer!

It’s time to get serious.

Industry is currently undergoing huge changes, with new technology and processes being introduced daily. What can you do as a reliability engineer to avoid wasting your time on low-value tasks?

To become a Extraordinary Reliability Engineer you need focus in on doing the right things at the right time.

THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT.

If you understand “WHY” or at least have the desire to understand exactly “HOW” to become an Extraordinary Reliability Engineer, this training is for you.

I’ll show you how to apply the habits that I have learned from over 15 years of experience as a reliability engineer. This means that if you follow the course you will learn 14 years and 7 months worth of wisdom in only two weeks!

During this first free 60-minute online event, I’ll be sharing with you:

  • The 5 Don’ts – what I should have done and the mistakes I’ve made
  • The 5 Habits – what I did to correct situations
  • How the habits were determined
  • Course program for the next 10 weeks

Location:

The webinar will take place online using Zoom video conferencing, which means you can watch from the comfort of your home or work place. Emails with details to access the Zoom conference will be emailed to you 24 hours prior to the event, so be sure to keep an eye on your inbox. If you do not recieve the details or cannot find them. Please email us at marketing@reliabilityextranet.com as soon as you can and we will respond with the details.

Date:

Tuesday 16th of April 2019 6am AEST (Sydney/Melbourne time)

To register for this free web event:

Simply register for your free ticket, add your details, and you will receive an email confirmation with the webinar link and additional emails over the coming days.

Limited time offer: This webinar will not be recorded. You will need to be present on the web event to get the details of the offer.

I look forward to sharing an insightful hour with you on April 16th.

Peter Horsburgh

iLEAD Mentorship Program

If you’ve been following my work for a while, you know I love sharing my wisdom with the world in several different ways, from blogposts, to books, to consultations, to speaking events, to online courses, and more. That is why I am happy to announce my involvement in the iLEAD program at the University of Newcastle.

The iLEAD program connects student mentees looking to explore their leadership capabilities with their ideal mentors. I have been selected as a mentor by two students who are interested in my mentorship because I am the head of an entrepreneurial business focusing on upcoming IT products. I’m really looking forward to guiding these students towards unlocking their fullest potential.

Over the next few months, I will:

  • Ask my mentees thoughtful questions about their goals, aspirations, and methods.
  • Provide guidence and contructive feedback on their approach to other people in professional situations.
  • Cultivate a positive culture of mentoring between industry and the University of Queensland.
  • Nudge my mentees further towards independence.

If you would like to learn more about the iLEAD program, click this link. I hope I can provide my mentees with the guidance I wish I had at their age.

Next Extraordinary Reliability Engineers Course Starts April 9

Hey there future Extraordinary Reliability Engineer!

It’s time to get serious.

Industry is currently undergoing huge changes, with new technology and processes being introduced daily. What can you do as a reliability engineer to avoid wasting your time on low-value tasks?

To become a Extraordinary Reliability Engineer you need focus in on doing the right things at the right time.

THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT.

If you understand “WHY” or at least have the desire to understand exactly “HOW” to become an Extraordinary Reliability Engineer, this training is for you.

I’ll show you how to apply the habits that I have learned from over 15 years of experience as a reliability engineer. This means that if you follow the course you will learn 14 years and 7 months worth of wisdom in only two weeks!

During this first free 60-minute online event, I’ll be sharing with you:

  • The 5 Don’ts – what I should have done and the mistakes I’ve made
  • The 5 Habits – what I did to correct situations
  • How the habits were determined
  • Course program for the next 10 weeks

Location:

The webinar will take place online using Zoom video conferencing, which means you can watch from the comfort of your home or work place.

Date:

Tuesday 9th of April 2019 1.00pm AEST (Sydney/Melbourne time)

To register for this free web event:

Simply register for your free ticket, add your details, and you will receive an email confirmation with the webinar link and additional emails over the coming days.

Limited time offer:

This webinar will not be recorded, you will need to be present on the web event to get the details of the offer.

I look forward to sharing an insightful hour with you on April 9th.

Peter Horsburgh

Guest on ‘Rooted in Reliability’ Podcast – Episode 141

I was fortunate enough to be a guest a second time on the ‘Rooted in Reliability’ podcast hosted by James Kovacevic. We spoke about Habits 1 and 2; identifying and understanding the problems you encounter at your plant.

‘Rooted in Reliability: The Plant Performance Podcast’ is a weekly podcast focusing on how maintenance staff and reliability engineers can learn from common challenges within the industry. It is available on iTunes and the Accendo Reliability website.

In this episode of the podcast we covered:

  • The 5 habits of extraordinary reliability engineers.
  • What is Habit 1 and why is it so important?
  • How can you implement Habit 1 into your daily work schedule?

The ultimate goal of the podcast is to teach you to take the time to dissect and understand a problem to craft an effective solution, as opposed to doing unplanned maintenance down the road because you either ignored the issue or applied the wrong solution.

You can listen to ‘Episode 141 – Continuously Identifying Problems w/ Peter Horsburgh’ on iTunes or the Accendo Reliability Website here.

Guest on ‘Rooted in Reliability’ Podcast – Episode 132

I was lucky enough to be a guest on the ‘Rooted in Reliability’ podcast hosted by James Kovacevic. We discussed the 5 Habits and what it means to be a reliability engineer.

‘Rooted in Reliability: The Plant Performance Podcast’ is a weekly podcast focusing on how maintenance staff and reliability engineers can learn from common challenges within the industry. It is available on iTunes and the Accendo Reliability website.

In this episode of the podcast we covered:

  • What is a reliability engineer exactly and what do they do?
  • The 5 habits of extraordinary reliability engineers.
  • Effectively identifying consequences (operational, non-operational, environmental, and safety).
  • The best practice for reliability engineers to find the most effective resolution to any problem.

We hope that this podcast will teach you to recognize that in a plant constantly suffering from failures, every problem is worth fixing, and they can only be fully resolved by implementing the 5 Habits into your daily work routine and your workplace.

You can listen to ‘Episode 132 – 5 Habits of an Extraordinary Reliability Engineer w/ Peter Horsburgh’ on iTunes or the Accendo Reliability Website here.

Uptime Magazine Cover Article

Its a privilege to work with the good people at Reliability Web in producing a cover article for the latest Uptime magazine. I hope that you enjoy the read! You can download a copy from here.

Let me know what you think?