December 6, 2023 | Mark Paradies

What are the Goals of Your Root Cause Analysis?


Is Your Root Cause Analysis Goal an EASY Investigation?

The discussion below may make you think about the goals of your root cause analysis. Some people seem to think the easiest technique is the best for performing root cause analysis. What do you think the goal was of this 5-Why user…

     5-Why User: But 5-Whys only takes five minutes.

     Me: What did you learn in those 5 minutes?

     5-Why User: Well, I already knew the answer.

     Me: Ahhh … That’s the problem. Not your knowledge but what you think you know.

What do you think they accomplished in their 5-Why investigation?

Pick What You Want

See if any of these are goals for your root cause analysis system:

  • Takes you beyond your current knowledge.
  • Guides you to the fixable causes of human error.
  • Expands the causes that you look for and are able to identify.
  • Is repeatable.
  • Is based on the evidence that you collect.
  • Isn’t blame-oriented.
  • Doesn’t contribute to hindsight bias or confirmation bias.
  • Helps you develop corrective actions that stop repeat incidents.

TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis meets all of these goals.

Find Out More

Here are some links to find out more about advanced TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis:

Or watch this Worldwide Business interview by Kathy Ireland of Mark Paradies…

Guaranteed Root Cause Analysis Training

Meet your root cause analysis goals by using the TapRooT® RCA System. Register for a course to get started.

But before you register, let me assure you that you won’t be sorry when you attend a TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Course. How can you be assured of that? Because of the TapRooT® Training Guarantee…

Attend a 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.

What Course Should You Register For?

If you want the knowledge to use TapRooT® for major investigations, low-to-medium risk incidents, and analyzing equipment failures … register for the 5-Day TapRooT® Advanced Root Cause Analysis Team Leader Training. See the upcoming courses around the world at THIS LINK.

If you want to troubleshoot equipment failures and use root cause analysis to improve equipment reliability, register for the 2-Day Equifactor® Equipment Troubleshooting & TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Training. See the upcoming courses around the world at THIS LINK.

If you want to learn the essential TapRooT® Techniques to find the root causes of precursor incidents (low-to-medium risk incidents), register for the 2-Day TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Essentials Training. See the upcoming courses around the world at THIS LINK.

Don’t wait to register. Failure to stop repeat incidents can cost lives, quality issues, additional equipment failures, and lost time injuries – none of which you can afford!

Learn Even More!

If you would like to learn even more about incident investigation and root cause analysis? I would suggest attending one of the special advanced pre-Summit Courses on April 29-30 and the Improving Investigations and Root Cause Analysis Track at the 2024 Global TapRooT® Summit on May 1-3. Both are being held at the Horseshoe Bay Resort near Austin, Texas. Bring your whole team and save.


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