This course is an immersive exploration of the focused improvement (FI) process, providing learners with a comprehensive understanding of the methodologies for conducting FI projects. Through case studies and expert guidance, participants gain practical insights, enabling them to apply their knowledge effectively.

About this course

The course focuses on a standardised and systematic approach known as the IDMAIC process – Identify, Define, Measure, Analyse, Improve, and Control. Unlike methodologies for process reliability, IDMAIC concentrates specifically on enhancing asset reliability.

IDMAIC methodology: Unravelling complexity and ensuring success

IDMAIC is a robust methodology designed for addressing complex problems with significant consequences.

Learners will not only grasp the theoretical aspects but will also engage in hands-on applications of IDMAIC steps, gaining valuable experience beyond textbook knowledge.


At the end of this course learners will be able to:

Describe and apply the IDMAIC steps of focused improvement.

Define and specify a given problem based on the available information.

Explain how triggers are deployed in the IDMAIC process to address a certain scope.

Define how a mechanism may allow for self-evaluation of a project, allowing only certain FI projects to be addressed.

Define where focused improvement problems and opportunities might be found.

Identify how causal trees are used within the IDMAIC process and apply them where an asset is not complying.

Identify the cause(s) and root cause(s) of a problem using physical as well as latent and systemic causal trees.

Define and evaluate potential solutions to counter a problem’s root cause

Implement mechanisms to make successful solutions sustainable.

Explain how an FI process should be designed, implemented and managed.

Focused Improvement for Asset Reliability - Content

Learning journey


Who should attend?

  • Reliability engineers
  • Section engineers
  • Asset care engineers
  • Anyone involved in the focused improvement processes

Format and duration

  • 32 notional hours delivered
    via two options:

    • 4 days of blended learning via a virtual classroom, or
    • 4 days of training in a physical classroom

Note: Laptops are required for both course formats

Take-home tools

  • The real-life case study
  • Lessons learnt from a facilitator who is an asset management consultant and experienced FI practitioner
  • Causal trees (cause-and-effect diagrams)


  • Learners completing this training can obtain SAAMA CPD points.