One of our readers, John Hurtley from Tolomatic, wrote the following:
We have been doing design reliability testing for sometime now. We’re using a software tool from ReliaSoft that works well in designing the test and analyzing the results. A major problem within our wall is selecting a reliability level to be achieved and the applied confidence bounds that should be used for our product / industry. Does anyone know of a resource that could help in providing a bench mark for reliability? Ideally a list of industries and the reliability levels typically applied. Or, a define method / tool that would assist us to determine our reliability requirements from within.
Mike Silverman’s response:
Reliability goal setting is not something you will find in any specific tool. This is something your company must decide on based on many different factors. There are three different ways you can develop a reliability goal: