November 13, 2012 | Barb Carr

What Does Root Cause Analysis Have to Do with Black Bears?

Two guys are out in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park hiking.  Suddenly, a bear starts chasing them. They climb a tree, but the bear starts climbing up the tree after them.  The first guy gets his sneakers out of his knapsack and starts putting them on.  The second guy says, “What are you doing?”  The first guy says, “I figure when the bear gets too close, we’ll have to jump down and make a run for it.”  The second guy says, “Are you crazy? You can’t outrun a bear”!  The first guy says, “I don’t have to outrun the bear. I only have to outrun you.”

What does this joke have to do with root cause analysis?  Well, root cause analysis friends and experts are gathering together in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park for the 2013 Summit where it is estimated that there are two black bears per every square mile.

I had fun talking with our public meeting planner, Judy, about black bears and the 2013 Global TapRooT® Summit, March 18-22 in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  We just shot a video about some need-to-know tips about visiting the park in early spring as all the bears and newly born cubs are slowly waking up from a long winter’s nap.   We’ll be posting the video in a couple of weeks but, as promised in the video, here is a link to more important safety tips to remember when entering the black bear’s natural habitat:

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