TapRooT® Course Planner Diana Munevar shared this photo from our 3-Day TapRooT®/Equifactor® course March 26-28, 2014 in Bogota, Colombia. Our Equifactor® Course is held in limited dates and locations, so it’s special treat to be able to attend one! Click here to learn more about our equipment troubleshooting & root cause analysis course.
TapRooT® Instructor Harry Thorburn shared these photos from our March 31-April 4, 2014 5-Day TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Team Leader Training in Aberdeen, Scotland. Enjoy!
Interested in learning more or attending a 5-Day TapRooT® Course? Click here to learn more about our 5-Day Course.
We really enjoyed the gorgeous weather and fabulous course at the Horseshoe Bay Resort on Friday April 11th, 2014. Between your generous donations and System Improvements’ matching, we raised over $4,700 for Oasis of Love Women’s Shelter in Clinton, Tennessee. A big thank you to everyone who contributed to this wonderful charity.
Here are a few photos:
And the winners:
Ken Scott’s team of Buck Griffith, Loren Stagner, and Paul Larson was the winner again this year. Since this was our last golf tournament for a while, we were glad it was one of the best!
This Summit has been a great one. We’ve enjoyed sunny Texas weather, gorgeous LBJ Lake sunsets, and a truly motivational time of learning root cause best practices and meeting new colleagues.
This morning, our own Barbara Phillips shared interviewing tips for reading non-verbal behavior. I never knew there were so many little body language signals to read and find out what people are really communicating! Baarbara also received an award for being a favorite speaker here at the TapRooT® Summit.
Then we gathered together in groups for our Planning Your Improvements sessions, and discussed the best practices we’ll bring back home to improve our workplaces.
And we ended our day and our 2014 TapRooT® Summit with a keynote address from Rocky Beleier, Vietnam Veteran and former Pittsburgh Steeler. What an honor to meet him and an inspiration to hear his story and what he learned through life’s challenges.
Now that the day’s done, we’re ready for more fun! We’re headed to our annual Summit Charity Golf Tournament. Join us tomorrow for photos of that!
What was your favorite part of the Summit experience? Share in the comments below!
Day 2 of the 2014 Global TapRooT® Summit was just as great as the first. Mark Paradies, TapRooT® Co-Creator and System Improvements President, discussed how we can perform world class performance improvement in his keynote address.
Then Dan Verlinde showed us What’s New in the TapRooT Software. He asked his over 150 attendees to clap when he showed an improvement they liked, so he could get immediate feedback. Suffice it to say that he received a lot of applause today!
Alan Smith, Alan Scott, and Harry Thorburn shared a sobering and captivating session called Infamous Accidents, in which they discussed the Piper Alpha and Titanic disasters and potential root causes and ways these events could have been prevented. Alan Scott shared his personal experience assisting in the Piper Alpha investigation. It was powerful and fascinating.
Our day rounded out with a passionate keynote address from Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., Former Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA. He let us in on OSHA’s future sweeping workplace safety changes. My favorite quote from him was, “You have to have safety before you can have efficiency, productivity, and quality.”
Join us tomorrow for a recap of our third and final day of the 2014 Global TapRooT® Summit!
Did you attend the Summit? What was your favorite experience of the day? Please share in the comments below!
Last night’s Summit Reception was a blast! The Yacht Club at the Horseshoe Bay Resort hosted us, and served delicious appetizers and drinks in the beautiful Texas evening. Carl Dixon of The Guess Who spent hours jamming on his guitar and making our evening unforgettable. We so enjoyed networking and having fun with you last night!
Thank you to TapRooT® Course Planner Diana Munevar for a great onsite TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Course and for these photos!
Thank you to TapRooT® Instructor Piedad Colmenares for a great onsite TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Course and for these photos! Click here to learn more about our South America courses.
Thank you to TapRooT® Instructor Piedad Colmenares for a great onsite 5-Day TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Course and for these photos! Click here to learn more about our South America courses.
Thank you to TapRooT® Instructor Steve Swarthout for a great onsite TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Course and for these photos!
Are you located in Texas and ready to amp up your root cause analysis? Join us at our 2014 TapRooT® Summit!
“General Motors issued a new recall of 1.5 million vehicles Monday, part of an effort to assure buyers that it’s moving faster to fix safety defects in its cars and trucks.
In a video message to employees posted Monday, CEO Mary Barra said the new recall resulted from a push to review potential safety issues and resolve them more quickly.
It’s part of the fallout from the recall last month of more than 1.6 million small cars for defective engine switches. The defect is linked to 12 deaths, and GM is facing multiple investigations into how it handled the recall. GM first began investigating the switches in 2004.
“Something went wrong with our process in this instance, and terrible things happened,” Barra said.
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“It’s been said that history repeats itself. It’s doubtful that the author of that saying had oil spills in mind at the time – and even less likely the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Still, the irony of this weekend’s collision and spill near Galveston Bay, Texas on the eve of the 25th anniversary of the 1989 Exxon spill has been hard to ignore.
Approximately 168,000 gallons of crude oil has been leaking into the Houston Ship Channel and Galveston Bay since Saturday — when a barge being pulled by a towboat collided with a cargo ship in the channel off the coast of Texas City, Texas.”
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Do you ever get discouraged when you make a mistake? Well don’t fret, because you’re in good company. Albert Einstein made mistakes all the time, as reported by NPR:
Einstein’s theory of relativity is arguably the 20th century’s greatest idea. But not everything he did was right: Some newly uncovered work from the brilliant physicist was wrong. Really, really wrong…
Faced with evidence the universe was growing, Einstein apparently wanted to figure out why it wasn’t filling up with empty space. His proposed solution is in this newly discovered paper. As the universe expanded, he suggested, new matter showed up to fill the gaps. New stars and galaxies would just pop up, according to Einstein’s model, so that even as the universe grew, it would look the same.
Just to be clear, this theory is totally wrong. But for a little while Einstein thought it was right. The numbers made sense, because he had made a mathematical mistake. In the middle of a complicated calculation, he wrote a minus sign where he should have written a plus.
Einstein screwed up his equations all the time, it turns out…
“About 20 percent of Einstein’s papers contain various mistakes of various degrees,” says Mario Livio, an astrophysicist at the Space Telescope Science Institute.
And Einstein’s not alone. Livio has written a book, Brilliant Blunders, all about some big mistakes made by great scientists.
“You try to think in unconventional ways and when you do that, guess what? Sometimes you encounter mistakes,” Livio says.
Sometimes, when you take a risk, you take a fall. But that’s what improvement is all about.
Read the full article from NPR:
Our March 6-7, 2014 2-Day TapRooT® Incident Investigation & Root Cause Analysis in Bogota, Colombia had beautiful weather. Hernando Godoy instructed the course and Diana Munevar planned it. Click here to learn more about our South America TapRooT® Courses.
Root Cause Analysis Training in Horseshoe Bay, Texas – Join Our Annual Summit Charity Golf Tournament!Posted: March 26th, 2014 in Summit, Video
Check out this short video of the fun we had last year at the Charity Golf Tournament:
The 2014 TapRooT® Summit Charity Golf Tournament will be held at the Horseshoe Bay Golf Club on Friday, April 11th at 12:00 pm. No experience necessary! The tourney is fun for golf enthusiasts and those new to golf.
It’s all for a great cause. Money raised will be donated to the Oasis of Love Women’s Shelter in Clinton, Tennessee. This not-for-profit 501(c)(3) qualified shelter houses around a dozen women and their children who are seeking a safe transition from an abusive situation so they can build a new life.
Pricing: $120 per person / $50 Golf Rental
Rules: Each team member can buy 4 charity items for their own use in the tournament. Items costs $25 each. All items will be available for purchase via check (payable to “Oasis of Love”) or cash at the golf course prior to the tournament. They are:
- Mulligan: Re-do on any tee-off except the longest drive and closest to the pin competitions.
- Yellow Tee Off: Instead of using the regular tee (gold for men, orange for ladies), golfers can use the yellow tee for one hole. Not to be used for the longest drive and closest to the pin competitions.
- Toss: You can advance your ball from where it stops by tossing it as far as you can to “continue” the shot. Not to be used for the longest drive and closest to the pin competitions.
- Save-a-Stroke: You can take one stroke off your team’s score.
All these items must be used by the individual player who purchased them. They cannot be traded or given to other team members.
Donations: Additional donations may be made via cash or check (payable to “Oasis of Love”). All donations will be matched by System Improvements.
TapRooT® Instructor Marco Flores sent over these photos from our 5-Day TapRooT® Advanced Root Cause Analysis Team Leader Training course held in Monterrey, Mexico on March 3-7, 2014. Interested in attending a TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis course in Mexico? Our next one is a 2-Day TapRoT® Incident Investigation & Root Cause Analysis course located in Mexico City, held June 16-17, 2014. Click here to learn more or register today!