Showcase Your Reliability Accomplishments Well

Fred Schenkelberg
4 min readJun 17, 2021

Showcase Your Reliability Accomplishments Well

When a reliability engineer or manager does their job well, the product just works as expected. Maybe even a little better than expected. There isn’t any major problems that need a hero to resolve.

Work done well, may go unnoticed. To avoid that you need to master the art of promoting successes without coming across as bragging or boasting. For your career advancement, you need to be both successful and likable.

For your program and ability to influence outcomes, you also need to be seen as successful, valuable, and again likable.

So, what are some ways to share what you have accomplished without sounding too self-promoting or bragging? Let’s explore a few tips based on the Harvard Business Review article “Savvy Self-Promotion”, by Leslie K. John in the May-June 2021 HBR magazine.

Importance of Showcasing Accomplishments

My relatively new boss at our first annual performance review asked me, “So what have you done of value lately?”. He followed up with, “What is your return on investment?”. This took me by surprise, yet in hindsight, it is actually a fair question.

Over time I along with the team I worked with learned to quantify our value project by project. From quick phone calls that helped answer a question to changes in corporate policy, we learned to understand and quantify how the work we did made a difference. How our work added value to the organization.

My boss had us create a value statement for each project or major accomplishment. Basically, it had the problem statement, an outline of what we did, and the quantification — often in the words of the team we were supporting — of the value the work provided.

This quickly became a slide deck to showcase our group’s reliability consulting capabilities. It increased not only our team’s influence it also increases my ability to articulate how what we were proposing would make a difference and be of value.

As we continued to collect and share our value statements, our ability to make proposals that got accepted became easier and our team’s budget continued to…

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Fred Schenkelberg

Reliability Engineering and Management Consultant focused on improving product reliability and increasing equipment availability.