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Functional Safety Core Tools: Algorithm Failure Modes and Effect Analysis

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Seminar Content

This one-day workshop is designed to help your company conduct software FMEA on new program and software design program development. Not only will you learn the how to develop a software FMEA, but how to develop a safety plan for software development events to meet ISO 26262 requirements.

Software FMEA analysis is conducted by software engineering develop teams to identify critical failure risk within the program concept which can cause a faults and a failure to meet safety goals. Software analysis is used in critical and safety and non-safety related programs.

Software FMEA analysis is part of ISO 26262, which is the Functional Safety standard that is applied to Safety Related Systems that include electric/electronic systems installed in production passenger vehicles.

Who Should Attend

Software and programing engineers, and managers responsible for the development and implementation of software in a motor vehicle.

Recommended Training and/or Experience

Participants should be involved in or aware of software development as it relates to the motor vehicle industry.

Seminar Materials

Each participant will receive a seminar manual and a workbook including case study exercises.

Seminar Goals

  • Be able to perform a Software FMEA analysis during any phase of the development process
  • Be proficient in Software FMEA immediately after completing this workshop
  • Study examples of Software FMEA from real-world systems

Seminar Agenda

  • Chapter 1: Software Risk Analysis introduction
  • Chapter 2: Design Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (DFMEA) Introduction
  • Chapter 3: DFMEA Preparation
    • Breakout Exercise 1: Boundary (Block) Diagram
  • Chapter 4: Developing the DFMEA
    • Breakout Exercise 2: Starting the DFMEA
    • Breakout Exercise 3: Design Failure Modes
    • Breakout Exercise 4: Potential Design Causes
    • Breakout Exercise 5: Design Controls
    • Breakout Exercise 6: Design Effects & Classification
    • Breakout Exercise 7: RPNs and Improvements
  • Chapter 5 – Design Verification Plan and Report (DVP&R)
  • Chapter 6 – Algorithm FMEAs


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