In simple terms, a FMEA process is a structured way of asking the question “What could go wrong?”, even if the device, circuit or product meets requirements. The FMEA process seeks to identify potential impacts that can affect the customer or mission at various levels, and works to put measures in place to mitigate or eliminate undesired performance or unexpected failure. A key benefit is that it continuously improves the successful development of new products, processes and missions, and saves cost. Conducting an FMEA evaluation, including inputs from diverse project members familiar with the mission, as early as the analysis-of-alternatives stage, can yield significant benefits later. In some cases, customers request evidence that an FMEA was conducted at some level.