May 29, 2024 | Mark Paradies

All Root Cause Analyses Are NOT Created Equal


Bad Root Cause Analysis

I saw an article about a hospital error that injured a patient. The article said they were going to perform a root cause analysis. Then, I started to wonder … Were they going to perform a BAD root cause analysis?  

What defines bad root cause analysis?

  • They look to place blame.
  • They look to cover up mistakes.
  • They look for easy answers.
  • They jump to conclusions.
  • They pick their favorite root causes.
  • They don’t improve performance.

That’s a BAD list. But I see these types of root cause analysis all the time.

That’s why, back in the 1980s, I started developing TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis. I wanted to solve those types of problems. And for many people who adopted TapRooT® RCA, we solved those problems and more.

But there still is a long way to go.

Why Do Root Cause Analysis Problems Still Exist

Why is there still a long way to go? Because people continue to pick bad methods to perform root cause analysis…

  • People think 5-Whys is a good way to find root causes.
  • They don’t recognize the drawbacks of using Cause and Effect to analyze problems. (That there is a tendency to find the answer that you want to find rather than looking at the evidence objectively. This is called “confirmation bias.”)
  • Some think that just filling out a form is good enough. Somehow, the form will prevent mistakes and save lives.
  • Some think all they need to do is apply the scientific method, and they will discover the root causes of the problem.

WELL … These techniques haven’t worked for years, and they won’t start working today!

What is the definition of insanity?

Don’t be insane!

Try Guided Root Cause Analysis

It is time to try a system that uses expert systems to guide you to root causes? You need to try the TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis System. See how it guides you to the real, fixable causes of problems. Find out more about guided root cause analysis HERE. Or watch the video below…

  Or CLICK HERE to see an example of an analysis of an environmental accident analyzed using the TapRooT® System.

Guaranteed Root Cause Analysis Training

We guarantee our courses. Here is the guarantee:

Attend the course, go back to work, and use what you have learned to analyze accidents, incidents, near-misses, equipment failures, operating issues, or quality problems. If you don’t find root causes that you previously would have overlooked and if you and your management don’t agree that the corrective actions that you recommend are much more effective, just return your course materials/software and we will refund the entire course fee.

If you are investigating serious problems, attend a 5-Day TapRooT®  Advanced Root Cause Analysis Team Leader Course. Get more information about the course HERE.

See our upcoming public courses held around the world HERE.

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