September 21, 2022 | Mark Paradies

The Need for Speed (Don’t Be Here Today; Gone Tomorrow!)

Need for Speed

How Fast Do You Need To Improve?


If you knew there would be a major accident, quality problem. equipment failure, production snafu, … tomorrow, you would know that you need to improve TODAY.

The problem with major accidents is that people don’t know they are coming.

They should know. Precursor Incidents have given them clues. But often, management ignores these warnings because they didn’t cause a serious loss. It seems as if they are waiting for a major accident to start the improvement process.

Here Today – Gone Tomorrow

I remember what a VP said after the root causes of a major accident were presented to him. He said:

“If anyone would have told me that these staffing cuts were going
to cause a major accident, we would NOT have gone forward with them.”

Strangely enough, the Division Director of the unit that had the accident was gone the next week. HERE TODAY – GONE TOMORROW.

You may have only one chance to stop the next major accident. If you are a senior manager, they probably won’t let you have two or three or more major accidents to learn your lessons.

If you don’t want to be here today, gone tomorrow, you need an effective plan to stop major accidents BEFORE they happen. And you need that plan NOW! You have a need for speed!

Make Your Plan

How do you develop a plan, and what should it include?

First, you need to identify and find the root causes of precursor incidents. This is sometimes called “Mining the Diamond.” Find out more about it here…

The same theory can be applied to quality incidents, production snafus, equipment failures, … .

Once you identify the incidents worth investigating, you need an advanced root cause analysis tool – TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis.

Why TapRooT® RCA? Perhaps this interview by Kathy Ireland will explain why you should be using TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis…

Read about the basics of how TapRooT® RCA works by downloading this paper (just click on the paper below). It’s a case study using TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis to investigate an environmental incident…

TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Paper

Learn About TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis

The best way to learn about TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis is in one of our courses.

TapRooT® Course
Working on an exercise in a 2-Day TapRooT® Course.

The fastest way is our 2-Day TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Course. Get details HERE.

The most complete way is to learn both how to investigate low-to-medium risk incidents and major accidents in the 5-Day TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Team Leader Course. Get details HERE.

5-Day TapRooT® Course
An exercise in a 5-Day TapRooT® Course.

Or you might choose our VIRTUAL 3-Day TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Course. Details are available HERE.

People in a Virtual 3-Day TapRooT® Course.

See all our upcoming public TapRooT® Courses being held around the world HERE.

Now Design The Complete Program

We’ve already detailed how to design a complete improvement program. Where? At this link…

Designing an Improvement Program

Plus, it wouldn’t hurt to read about the capability trap in this paper from 2001…

Nobody Ever Gets Credit for Fixing Problems that Never Happened

Next, if you would like to develop a Roadmap to Success for your improvement efforts, our TapRooT® Implementation Advisors would be happy to discuss it with you and hold an Executive Briefing for your management. Just call us at 865-539-2139 or CLICK HERE to text us.

Implementation Advisors

But don’t wait. You have the “NEED FOR SPEED.”

You don’t want to be HERE TODAY and GONE TOMORROW.

Accident, Human Performance, Implementation, Investigations
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