Many thinkers and personalities have left their mark on industrial history. Companies and whole nations use their ideas and approaches to create quality to procure advantages in economic competition. In principle, this still applies today, even if thinking and actions have evolved over the past century – from checking to preparing and evaluating to the all-encompassing organization of the steps that create quality. Based on existing considerations, a variety of methods have been developed and optimized over the decades to achieve reliable processes and reproducible results within companies.
Companies use forward planning methods in very different ways. Whether we are talking about a large corporate group or a small handicrafts business, size and structure affect working methods. However, the sensible approach fundamentally remains very similar.
Organizers must apply this and benefit from it, both with regard to teamwork and the business result.
The book “Vorausplanen” (“ForwardPlanning”) presents a conceptual sequence of methods that build on each other. Each method is extensively introduced. Where it is necessary to take into account the specific characteristics of the company, this is also described in detail – with a great deal of best practice knowledge.
“Forward Planning” is aimed at all those who are developing something. It is both a compendium and an explanation. It shows where further potential can be found if standardized procedures are extended and adapted for one's own operation.

It is a comprehensive and unique overview of methods and how to use them for the benefit of FMEA, risk management and quality management.

About the book
For this reference book, the author has classified a range of quality methods in the development process. At the core of the methodology chain lies FMEA. It is clearly more than just a risk assessment. It can give structure to forward planning, bring together knowledge, and steer development. Prepared results create transparency and facilitate targeted management decisions. The methods described assist with keeping forward planning up-to-date and agile.
Dr. Jarosch sets great personal store by making the interaction of the methods understandable to a wider circle of interested parties: Product and process developers as well as specialist and management personnel in quality management, engineering, production, purchasing, product management, service and IT. This is the only way that this interplay can be used for common success. There are also a great many suggestions for FMEA experts, too. The idea for this book arose from day-to-day work, where many topics became clearer once they were written down in a way that third parties could understand well. In the book, Dr. Jarosch used a great deal of information from his many years of experience, such as the company profile and how customer wishes can be taken into account.
About the author Dr. Jarosch

Dr. Uwe-Klaus Jarosch studied mechanical engineering at RWTH Aachen, where he also went on to complete his doctorate at the Institute for Laser Technology. After working as a development and production manager in laser technology in small and medium-sized companies, he moved across to the world of automotive suppliers. There he worked as a quality manager in close cooperation with OEMs in quality forward planning, business process modelling, and as a quality manager.

Dr. Uwe-Klaus Jarosch has more than 30 years of professional experience as a developer, production manager and a quality manager, during which time he has applied numerous methods and processes and developed them in a goal-oriented manager, most recently as an expert in quality methods and tools for a global automotive supplier. His key areas of focus are the standardization of Q-methods – from the method description to the alignment with the development processes through to the further development of the required software tools.

In addition, part of his day-to-day work is to communicate the interrelationships and to provide training in the tool.

Reading samples of some chapters