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Caption Contest Winner!

February 20th, 2018 by

Alright everyone, the caption contest is over! There were a lot of great, funny, and creative entries. I asked the staff here to vote on the winner, and because we had so many hilarious entries it was a really close call.

And the winner of this caption contest is…

Steve K. with “Burning Man’s in August, silly.”

I also want to give a shout out to TWO honorable mentions.

“This girl is on firrrreeee…” (to the tune of Adele Fire) ~ Amy Shute.

Love that song!

“Look Ma…..No Hands!!!!!” ~ Claude

Haha! I can hear it now.

I want to thank everyone for playing along. Don’t forget just because you won past Caption Contest doesn’t mean you can’t enter to win. The more captions you come up with the greater your chances of win!

Stay tuned for the next Caption Contest coming soon after the 2018 Global TapRooT® Summit.

New TapRooT® Family Member

February 12th, 2018 by

Sat hello to Lucy Belle … an 8 lb 8 oz girl.

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Pass along congratulations to the proud mom, Amanda Biesbroeck (our Corporate Counsel) by leaving a comment below!

How far away is death?

February 8th, 2018 by

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Just one more ladder and …

What is the Fastest Way to Get Fired After an Accident?

February 7th, 2018 by

If you work at a blame-oriented company, the answer to the question above is easy. Just admit that you were the last person to touch whatever went wrong that caused the accident.

Or, if you are in the Navy, all you have to do is to be the CO of a ship that has a collision at sea.

A slower way to get fired is to be the Plant Manager or Division Manager who doesn’t have good answers when he or she is asked by the corporate VP, “What are you going to do to prevent a repeat accident in the future?” Actually, they probably don’t fire someone this high in the organization. Rather, they transfer them to a staff job where they are never heard from again.

What is the best way to avoid being fired? Don’t have the accident in the first place! Instead, have a proactive improvement program that identifies problems, finds their root causes, and effectively fixes them before an accident happens.

Want to learn more about using TapRooT® in a proactive improvement program? Attend Dave Janney’s pre-Summit course: TapRooT® for Audits.

What’s covered in the course?

DAY ONE

  • TapRooT® Process Introduction and Initial Audit
  • SnapCharT® and Exercise
  • Significant Issues and Exercise
  • Root Cause Tree® and Exercise
  • Generic Causes
  • Corrective Actions and Exercise

DAY TWO

  • The Root Cause Tree® and Preparing for Audits with Root Cause Exercise
  • Audit Programs, Trend and Process Root Cause Analysis
  • TapRooT® Software Introduction
  • Frequently Asked Questions about TapRooT®
  • Final Audit Observation Exercise

Don’t miss this course coming up quickly on February 27-27 in Knoxville, TN. Register by CLICKING HERE.

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Where Do You Get Ideas To Improve Root Cause Analysis?

January 31st, 2018 by

When I was assigned the job of figuring out how to improve investigations and root cause analysis … I knew that we were NOT finding the causes of human errors. But where would I get ideas to help make things better? The year was 1985 and there wasn’t an easy place to start …

  • no internet
  • no e-mails with upcoming courses
  • no conferences on the topic (maybe one talk at a nuclear industry conference’s breakout session)

I knew that the Institute for Nuclear Power Operations was working on a system because they had tried to hire me to help create it.

So what did I do?

  • Started looking at the human factors research.
  • Networked with the folks I knew at our corporate headquarters, INPO, the University of Illinois, INEL, EPRI, and several utilities where I knew people.
  • Started trying to create a list of causes that encompassed the human factors research that I was familiar with.

This lead to a beginning system to find root causes that, eventually, led to the development of TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis System.

It was a long road with many lessons learned.

In 1988, we started System Improvements to help people improve their root cause analysis systems. In 1990, we won a contract to help the US Nuclear Regulator Commission improve their analysis of human errors. In 1991 we started working with our first oil and chemical company (Chevron) to improve their root cause analysis as part of their efforts to improve process safety. From there our growth into all types of industries with incidents – incidents that need fixes to prevent recurrence based on the real root causes – has been … pretty dramatic.

In 1994 we held the first TapRooT® Summit (not named the Summit until sometime later). It had great speakers and 35 attendees. I cooked steaks for everyone as our closing session.

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 1996 Summit Keynote Speaker with Mark Paradies (left)

Why did we decide to have a summit to focus on root cause analysis and performance improvement? Because I thought that our clients needed it. They needed:

  • a place to learn the latest ways to improve human performance.
  • to network and share best practices they were testing and perfecting.
  • to hear about what we were doing to improve the TapRooT® System.
  • motivation to keep them at the “performance improvement grindstone.”

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Linda Under and Mark Paradies with 1997 Astronaut Keynote Speaker

Little did I know that this first conference would turn into an annual event that had hundreds of attendees who are some of the smartest people improving industrial safety, quality, patient safety, process safety, asset optimization, and operational excellence from around the world.

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Linda Unger with Summit attendee from South Korea in 1998

I would never have guessed that I would draw people from Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, UK, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, New Zealand, Colombia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, South Africa, Russia, Denmark, France, and many other countries (even the USA!) to hear what we thought others needed to learn to make their performance great.

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People sharing best practices at the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit

But it happened. And now, if someone asks:

“Where Do You Get Ideas To Improve Root Cause Analysis?”

The answer is … The Global TapRooT® Summit.

The next Summit is rapidly approaching. Where is it? It is being held in Knoxville, Tennessee, (our hometown) on February 26 – March 2.

Want to find out more about the 10 pre-Summit courses being held on February 26-27? CLICK HERE.

Want to find out more about the blockbuster talks being delivered by the Keynote Speakers? CLICK HERE.

Want to see a list of the Best Practice Presenters? CLICK HERE.

Want to see the schedules for all nine Summit Tracks? CLICK HERE.

But don’t spend too much time clicking. You need to REGISTER ASAP and get your hotel and travel plans finalized because you need to attend this Summit.

Watch this video to see what past Summit attendees have to say…

Monday Accident & Lessons Learned: How Long Should a Root Cause Analysis Take?

January 29th, 2018 by

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On January 25th, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Georgia Power had not identified the cause of the December 17th electrical fire that shut down power to large portions of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. The article reports that the service disruption caused massive passenger disruptions and will cost $230,000 to repair. Delta says that the disruption from the fire and an early December snow storm will cost the airlines $60 million dollars.

Obviously this incident is worth preventing and needs an effective root cause analysis. It has been over a month since the fire. The questions is … how long should a root cause analysis take? A month, three months, a year, three years?

Of course, the answer varies depending on the type of the incident but what do you think is reasonable?

Leave your comments by clicking on the Comment link below.

Have FUN at the 2018 Global TapRooT® Summit!

January 25th, 2018 by

We don’t want the 2018 Global TapRooT® Summit to be boring. We want you to meet smart industry leaders, learn amazing best practices, and have fun!

Learning while having fun is much more effective that trying to stay awake during boring presentations. That’s why we organize the Global TapRooT® Summit to have activities, Keynote Speakers, and sessions that are active and entertaining.

Plus we start with the Name Game and have an excellent Reception on Wednesday.

This year we will again have rock star Carl Dixon as our entertainment at the reception where you can network with the new friends and important contacts that you have established.

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Here’s Carl back in the day playing with April Wine …

And more classic rock from Carl and April Wine …

And just one more …

I think he is even better today. Don’t miss the 2018 Global TapRooT® Summit reception!

Interesting Article in “Stars & Strips” About Navy Court-Martials for COs Involved in Collisions

January 22nd, 2018 by

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The article starts with:

The Navy’s decision to pursue charges of negligent homicide against the former commanders of the USS Fitzgerald and USS John McCain has little precedent, according to a Navy scholar who has extensively scrutinized cases of command failure.”

See the whole article at:

https://www.stripes.com/news/navy/few-navy-commanders-face-court-martial-for-operational-failures-1.507226

The article implies that blame and shame is the normal process for COs whose ships are involved in accidents.

Isn’t it time for the US Navy to learn real advanced root cause analysis that can teach them to find and fix the causes of problems at cause collisions at sea?

Ready for a road trip? Then wrap up your travel planning for the 2018 Global TapRooT® Summit in Knoxville, Tennessee!

January 18th, 2018 by

 


When some people think of Knoxville, Tennessee they often think of the regional attractions such as the Smoky Mountains and the area’s large, picturesque lakes. However, this city has plenty to offer without ever leaving town. Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness is just three miles from the Knoxville Convention Center where the 2018 Global TapRooT® Summit will be held. It includes 50 miles of natural surface for hikers, mountain bikers and trail runners. The city also has a rich musical heritage, which includes stars like Dolly Parton, the Everly Brothers and Roy Acuff. Popular music venues today include the historic Tennessee Theatre, Bijou Theatre, the Square Room and a host of clubs that present live music every night of the week. Dining options are numerous . . . you’ll find a heavy focus on farm-to-table fare during your visit downtown. In addition to hiking, biking, music, history and arts, the city has an exciting craft beer scene and the opportunity to relax with some of the country’s finest beers and people.

Have you taken the steps to a memorable road trip? It’s simple!

Step 1: REGISTER for the 2018 Global TapRooT® Summit.

Step 2: Do your travel planning and get a hotel booked.

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And don’t miss the activities the week of the Summit.

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Miranda Lambert is performing at Thompson-Boling Arena on Thursday, March 1, 2018.

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Tape Face, the Comedian, is performing at the Bijou Theatre on Sunday, February 25, 2018.

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Jonny Lang with Tony Lucca Solo is performing at the Bijou Theatre on Tuesday, February 27, 2018.

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Beth Hart is performing at the Bijou Theatre on Thursday, March 1, 2018.

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The Wizard of Oz national tour will be starring at The Tennessee Theatre on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 1, 2 and 3, 2018.

Is this a good idea? … Navy to have “Article 32” hearings for COs involved in collisions at sea.

January 17th, 2018 by

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Didn’t I just read (see this LINK) a Navy investigation that implied there were Management System causes of the two collisions in the Pacific? Didn’t the report suggest that the Navy needed to change it’s culture?

An article in USNI News says that both Commander Alfredo J. Sanchez and Commander Bryce Benson will face Article 32 hearings (the prelude to a court martial) over their role in the ships’ collisions in the Pacific.

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Will punishment make the Navy better? Will it make it easier for ship’s commanding officers to admit mistakes? And what about the crew members who are facing disciplinary hearings? Will that make the culture of the Navy change from a reactive-punitive culture to a culture where mistakes are shared and learned from BEFORE major accidents happen?

What do you think…

Here is the press release from the Navy’s Consolidated Disposal Authority (Director of Naval Reactors Adm. James F. Caldwell):

On 30 October 2017, Admiral William Moran, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, designated Admiral Frank Caldwell as the Consolidated Disposition Authority to review the accountability actions taken to date in relation to USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) collisions and to take additional administrative or disciplinary actions as appropriate.

After careful deliberation, today Admiral Frank Caldwell announced that Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) charges are being preferred against individual service members in relation to the collisions.

USS Fitzgerald: Courts-martial proceedings/Article 32 hearings are being convened to review evidence supporting possible criminal charges against Fitzgerald members. The members’ ranks include one Commander (the Commanding Officer), two Lieutenants, and one Lieutenant Junior Grade. The charges include dereliction of duty, hazarding a vessel, and negligent homicide.

USS John S. McCain: Additionally, for John S. McCain, one court- martial proceeding/Article 32 hearing is being convened to review evidence supporting possible criminal charges against one Commander (the Commanding Officer). The charges include dereliction of duty, hazarding a vessel, and negligent homicide. Also, one charge of dereliction of duty was preferred and is pending referral to a forum for a Chief Petty Officer.

The announcement of an Article 32 hearing and referral to a court-martial is not intended to and does not reflect a determination of guilt or innocence related to any offenses. All individuals alleged to have committed misconduct are entitled to a presumption of innocence.

Additional administrative actions are being conducted for members of both crews including non-judicial punishment for four Fitzgerald and four John S. McCain crewmembers.

Information regarding further actions, if warranted, will be discussed at the appropriate time.

Why do people try to make root cause analysis so difficult?

January 17th, 2018 by

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I read a comment string on LinkedIn about root cause analysis. People made the concepts and techniques so hard to understand.

First, there was an argument over what is a root cause. One person argued that there was no such thing because EVERY cause had another deeper cause. Someone else argued that there wasn’t a root cause because most incidents had multiple causes. Someone else introduced the idea of root causes, contributing causes, causal factors, and initiating events. Someone else brought up the concept of latent causes and Swiss cheese.

If that wasn’t enough disagreement, another side argument started over what was an incident, and accident, a near-miss, and a significant incident. This lead to a discussion of what needed investigation and how good an investigation was good enough.

At SI, we too had discussions about these topics 30 years ago. However, in the TapRooT® System, these arguments are settled and the terminology is either settled or irrelevant.

Perhaps it is my engineering and Nuclear Navy training that lead me away from philosophical discussions and turned me toward practical solutions to problems.

Perhaps it was my human factors training that made it easy to see why people made mistakes and what we could do to prevent them.

Perhaps it is my ability to take complex subjects and make them understandable that lead to the development of a systematic, practical, repeatable system to find the root causes of problems – the TapRooT® System.

So, if you are tired of debate and just want a system that has been proven around the world to find and fix the root causes of safety, quality, equipment, and production issues, learn about TapRooT® and save lot’s of time by avoiding needless arguments.

CLICK HERE to find out more about our 2-Day and 5-Day TapRooT® Training.

CLICK HERE to see where our upcoming public TapRooT® Training is being held.

Or CLICK HERE to contact us about having a course at your site.

Why are the SMARTEST people going to the 2018 Global TapRooT® Summit?

January 17th, 2018 by

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About three Summits ago, I had a Summit attendee come up to me and say:

Mark, it is amazing the quality of speakers and topics you put together for the Summit.
But even more amazing is the networking. The people at this Summit are some of
the smartest people working on real life performance improvement in industry!
I just wanted to tell you thanks for making this happen.

 How do we get such high quality attendees? That’s the kind of people who use TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis to stop accidents, improve quality, reduce risk, and improve equipment reliability.

If you haven’t registered for the 2018 Global TapRooT® Summit yet, GET HOT! Visit the Summit web site and get registered TODAY!

Don’t Miss the TapRooT® Family Reunion

January 17th, 2018 by

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The Global TapRooT® Summit was almost named the TapRooT® Family Reunion. Why? Because that’s the way it feels.

Friendly folks getting together to say hello and get reacquainted.

Unless you belong to a dysfunctional family, you know what I mean.

This family has a common goal. They to share best practices and learn how to achieve outstanding performance. TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis is a part of that effort. But there is so much more to learn and share at the reunion (Summit). And that’s why we sponsor the Summit and spend lavishly on speakers.

We want to provide the opportunity for our best clients to meet face to face, develop relationships, and get new ideas to make safety, quality, equipment reliability, patient and process safety, and productivity even better. And leave the Summit inspired to go back home and make performance great.

The learning that takes place is one of the reasons that we require Certified TapRooT® instructors to attend the Summit at least once every two years. We think that keeping up to date on the latest improvement ideas is that important.

So don’t miss the reunion (the Summit) and your chances to make your performance improvement efforts that much better. Register for the 2018 Global TapRooT® Summit (February 26 – March 2, Knoxville, TN) TODAY by CLICKING HERE.

Time for some advanced root cause analysis?

January 15th, 2018 by

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What do you think? Does someone in the Hawaii government need to attend TapRooT® Training?

Which Summit Track Should You Attend?

January 15th, 2018 by

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There is so much to new information to learn and so many best practices being shared that the hardest question you have to answer is:

“What Best Practice Track should I attend at the 2018 Global TapRooT® Summit?”

 That’s a tough question to answer. Maybe you should bring enough folks so that some attends each track?

If you have to pick just one, watch these videos and read the information at the links below to help you select the right track that will help you improve performance at your company.

Quality

http://www.taproot.com/archives/61257

Patient Safety

http://www.taproot.com/archives/61721

Human Performance

http://www.taproot.com/archives/60950

Investigator

http://www.taproot.com/archives/61241

Asset Optimization

http://www.taproot.com/archives/61327

Safety

http://www.taproot.com/archives/60790

Software

http://www.taproot.com/archives/61000

Some info about the new software …

 

TapRooT® Certified Instructor

http://www.taproot.com/archives/61023

General Discussion and Keynote Speakers

Now REGISTER! 

What Will You Learn in the Patient Safety Best Practice Track at the Summit?

January 12th, 2018 by

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Since 1994, System Improvements has included information about improving Patient Safety in the Summit. This year we have a whole best Practices Track dedicated to improving patient safety and a Keynote Speaker talking about a fatal sentinel event.

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Let’s start by telling you about Dr,. Carol Gunn, one of our Keynote Speakers. She is a medical doctor who was trained to use the TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis System before she became a doctor. While she was a doctor, her sister died in a hospital from “complications.” It turns out that those complications were a result of a medical error. She will tell the story of her sisters death and what can be learned when root cause analysis is used properly and what happens when sentinel events are covered up.

Now let’s look at what’s covered in the Patient Safety Best Practices Track:

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Improving Patient Safety – Gaining a Win from a Loss (Michel Lindsay): Michele will share the evolution and success of their system for managing patient safety incidents and the expanded role of the Quality of Care Committee (QCC) on its journey to a high reliability organization at Southlake Regional Health Centre. A serious incident can have devastating outcomes to patients, their families, and to the caregivers involved. Even errors that result in no or mild harm to the patient can be devastating and career changing for staff and physicians. We have created structures and supports for immediate and long term organizational learning and improvements from incidents while maintaining a culture of care. Learn how the process QCC role has assisted in removing the shame and blame from an incident and turned it into a powerful lever for caring, sharing and repairing. Michele will describe the investigation processes using illustrations and case studies to describe how patient safety, learning, performance and culture has been positively impacted by their approach. The presentation includes the input from the COO & SVP Operations, Director of Surgery, the Director of Risk, the Manager of Risk, the Manager of a Cardiac Clinical Program, a Physician and the Quality Specialist.

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Improving Sentinel Event Investigations (Ken Turnbull): Ken is one of the authors of the new book, Improving Patient safety with TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis (to be released somewhere around the time of the Summit) and will share some of the new ideas presented in the book.

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Using Wearables to Minimize Daily Human Errors (Kevin McManus): Look at how wearables are being used both now and in the future to help prevent errors and identify problems more effectively.

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Deep Dive Into the Procedures Basic Cause Category (Ralph Brickey): Procedures (checlists) are almost a new concept being used to improve patient safety. Learn from the TapRooT® procedures best practices including: Learn: the philosophy and practice of using procedures; different types of procedures and how they are addressed in the TapRooT® Root Cause Dictionary and the Root Cause Tree®; and two human performance tools to aid in proper procedure use

Influencing Change (Jonathon Kennedy): Change is what improving performance is all about. What is the best way to influence change? Hear what Jonathan Kennedy has to say.

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Top 7 Secrets of a Great Investigation Interview (Barb Carr): Take your interviewing skills to the next level and collect better quality and quantity of information from your investigative interviews by harnessing the power of the seven secrets.
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TapRooT® Users Share Best Practices (Linda Unger): Share best practices about root cause analysis, investigations, and performance improvement with industry leaders from around the world.

Performance Improvement Gap Analysis (Linda Unger): Evaluate where you are and where you want to go and how you will apply what you have learned at the Summit to improve performance at your facility. The goal of this session is to go back to work with a plan to improve patient safety.

That an impressive list of breakout sessions.

So are you really interested in improving patient safety? Then you should attend the 2018 Global TapRoot® Summit. Register HERE!

Why does your site need someone (or a team) at the 2018 Global TapRooT® Summit?

January 10th, 2018 by

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Since there are so many high-quality conferences and events put on each year, you really need to think about which ones you should go to. If you haven’t signed up for the 2018 Global TapRooT® Summit yet, here are four top reasons to attend.

REASONS TO ATTEND THE SUMMIT

1. SAVE MONEY

You can’t afford a major accident, a fatality, a serious quality defect, a sentinel event or an unexpected equipment failure.

The TapRooT® Summit is a unique gathering of people intent on improving performance. They share ideas across companies, disciplines, and continents. The sharing of new ideas and best practices will help you develop ideas to stop accidents, fatalities, quality issues, sentinel events, and equipment failures.

What you may not have thought of is how much money this could save your company. Do you know the costs of human errors that occurred at your site? What were your workman’s comp costs? How much does unexpected downtime and lost production cost your site? What were the costs of legal issues due to mistakes and the resulting lawsuits? You will be far ahead financially if you stop just ONE major issue.

2. GET A PROMOTION

What will happen to your career is you are seen as an essential problem solver that leads the sites improvement efforts?

But where will you get the skills and ideas to lead improvement at your site? That’s easy. Attend the 2018 Global TapRooT® Summit.

When we plan the Summit we take the lessons we learn from teaching root cause analysis around the world and build sessions that we know will help solve frequently occurring issues that we have observed at courses. You will be surprised how many people face issues similar to the ones that you face and how there are people who have figured out how to improve performance and stop those problems. Don’t reinvent the wheel. Attend the Summit and learn from the success of others.

3. GET FIRED UP!

Improving performance requires constant attention. Working hard to constantly improve performance can wear you down. Where do you get the motivation to continually challenge the status quo? Attend the TapRooT® Summit!

Most people we talk to before the Summit say that they are attending to learn new skills and get new ideas and best practices to help their site improve performance. And after the Summit they agree that they learned valuable information well worth the time and expense of attended. But they are surprised that they got an unexpected benefit that was even more valuable. They left the Summit FIRED UP to go back to work and make things happen.

Why is motivation so valuable? Because an unmotivated person is unlikely to have the stamina to see an improvement effort through to completion. They get started but they don’t get things done.

We understand motivation and making improvements happen and that’s why we know that motivation is important. That’s why we build in events to motivate you throughout the Summit. Attend the 2018 Global TapRooT® Summit and go back to work CHARGED UP to make improvement happen.

4. HAVE FUN

What? How can fun be an important reason to attend the TapRooT® Summit? We have learned that people learn more, retain more, and bring more and better ideas back to work from the Summit if they have fun learning and sharing.

After all, who says that work and learning have to be dull and boring? We have discovered how to make the Summit an activity that you will find valuable and ENJOYABLE every time you attend.

ONE MORE IDEA…

Have you ever noticed how an effective team accomplishes much more than a single motivated individual?

That’s why we recommend that a site truly interested in achieving excellence send an improvement team to the TapRooT® Summit.

A team can spread out across the various sessions (there are tracks with various topics to pick from). Someone might attend the Safety Track while someone else attends the Quality Track, while someone else attends the Human Factors Track, while someone else attends the Asset Optimization Track. See the schedules for the various tracks by CLICKING HERE.

GUARANTEE

We know that you will find the 2018 Global TapRooT® Summit a valuable experience. We know that you will have a great return on your investment of time and money. And we provide you with this guarantee:

Attend the Summit and go back to work and use what you’ve learned. If you don’t get at least 10 times the return on your investment, simply return the Summit materials and we’ll refund the entire Summit fee.

So don’t wait. REGISTER TODAY!

Want to see what people who attend the Summit have to say after they attend? Here’s a video I made a few years ago and it sure is a blast from the past that still applies today…

Sorry, we won’t be having golf at this Summit (the first week in March in Tennessee just doesn’t work) but we will have a great reception and a lot of sharing.

Resolve to Improve!

January 2nd, 2018 by

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On New Year’s Eve, did you make a resolution? According to the data company, iQuanti, here were the top seven resolutions made:

  1. Get healthy.
  2. Get organized.
  3. Live life to the fullest.
  4. Learn new hobbies.
  5. Spend less/save more.
  6. Travel.
  7. Read more.

Are you surprised by any of the above? Nothing earth shattering there.  Outside personal improvements, there is a way to truly make a difference in your own life as well as the lives of others. The one resolution not on the top seven list that you shouldn’t overlook is a work-related resolution.

Here are some work-related resolutions to consider…

  • Eliminate the blame environment when someone makes a mistake.
  • Stop problems from happening over and over again.
  • Save time and get better results when you perform an incident investigation.
  • Learn best practices to make your workplace safer and more productive.
  • Become better at your job by applying state-of-the-art root cause analysis.

How do you do these things?

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Start by attending TapRooT® Training. See our upcoming courses here:

 http://www.taproot.com/store/Courses/

Then make sure that you are at the 2018 Global TapRooT® Summit to learn best practices from around the world. That’s the best place to learn best practices from industry leaders from around the world. The Summit is in Knoxville, TN, on February 26 – March 2. See the Summit schedule here:

http://www.taproot.com/taproot-summit/summit-schedule

And register here:

http://www.taproot.com/taproot-summit/register-for-summit

The knowledge you will gain will help you make 2018 the best year ever.

Take some time off!

December 26th, 2017 by

Each week I try to write something engaging about root cause analysis, incident investigation, or performance improvement.

This week I’m taking some time off to be with the family.

I suggest you do the same.

  • Stop responding to electronics.
  • Stop reading e-mails.
  • Put your cell phone on do not disturb.

Live in the minute and enjoy those around you for one week.

Then you can get back to the grind of making your company excellent.

Best Regards!

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The Georgia State Public Services Commission Demands Root Cause Analysis of Atlanta Airport Blackout

December 21st, 2017 by

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Read about the story in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: http://www.ajc.com/news/georgia-regulators-demand-answers-about-atlanta-airport-blackout/nDwICT5QFrUyXOvFnZbroM/

It’s hard to believe there wasn’t a redundant transmission line and transformers to such a vital resource.

Are you interested in improving human performance? Try this four step plan!

December 19th, 2017 by

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Is discipline the main way you “fix” human error problems?

Are you frustrated because people make the same kind of mistakes over and over again?

Have you tried “standard” techniques for improving human performance and found that they just don’t get the job done long term (they have an impact short term but not long term)?

Is management grasping for solutions to human error issues?

Would you like to learn best practices from industry human performance experts?

Try this four step plan:

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1. Attend a 5-Day TapRooT® Advanced Root Cause Analysis Course.

The TapRoot® System is made to reactively and proactively help you solve human performance issues. It has built in human factors expert systems that guide you to the root causes of human errors and help you develop effective fixes. The 5-Day TapRooT® Course is the best way to learn the system and get started fixing human performance issues.

See the upcoming course schedule here: http://www.taproot.com/store/5-Day-Courses/

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2. Attend the Understanding and Stopping Human Error Course

At this two day class, Dr. Joel Haight, a human factors and safety improvement expert and industrial engineering professor at the University of Pittsburg (where he is the Director of the Safety Engineering Program) shares the reasons why people make mistakes and what you can do to understand the problems and fix them.

Joel is an expert TapRooT® User having extensive experience apply TapRooT® to fix human factors problems at a Chevron refinery and in the oil field in Kazakhstan. He is also an expert in applying other human performance analysis and improvement techniques. He brings this knowledge to the 2-Day Understanding and Stopping Human Error Course.

It is best if you have already attended at least a 2-Day TapRooT® Course prior to attending this course. See the course description here: http://www.taproot.com/taproot-summit/pre-summit-courses#HumanError

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3. Attend the Human Factors Track at the 2018 Global TapRooT® Summit

Once a year we put together a track at the Global TapRooT® Summit that is designed to share best practices and the latest state-of-the-art techniques to improve human performance. That’s what you get at the Human Factor Track at the Summit. What are the sessions at the 2018 Global TapRooT® Summit?

  • TapRooT® Users Share Best Practices – This is a workshop designed to promote the sharing of investigation, root cause analysis, and human performance best practices from TapRooT® Users from around the world. Every year I attend this session and get new ideas that I share with others to help improve performance. Many say this is the best session at the Summit because they get such great ideas and develop new, helpful contacts from many different industries.
  • Top 5 Reasons for Human Error and How to Stop Them – Mark Paradies, President of System Improvements and a human factors expert, shares his deep knowledge of the top five reasons that he see’s for people making “human errors.” For each of these he shares his best ideas to stop the problems in their tracks.
  • Stop Daily Goofs for Good – Kevin McManus, a TapRooT® Instructor and performance improvement expert, shares systematic improvement ideas s to prevent human error and improve cognitive ergonomics on the job.
  • Using Wearables to Minimize Daily Human Errors – Using “wearables” is a technological approach to error prevention. Find out more about how it is being used and may be applied even more effectively in the future.
  • Alarm Management, Signal Detection Theory, and Decision Making – Are people at your facility overwhelmed by alarms? Do the become complacent because of nuisance alarms? Dr. Joel Haight, Director of the University of Pittsburg Safety Engineering Program will discuss control system decisions, decision execution, alarm management, signal detection theory, and decision making theory and how it could be critical in an emergency situation.
  • The Psychology of Failing Fixes – Why do your fixes fail to prevent human error? That’s what this session is all about!
  • What is a Trend and How Can You Find Trends in the TapRooT® Data? – looking for trends in human error data is an important activity to identify generic human factors problems and take the first step to major human performance improvements. Now for the bad news. Most people really don’t understand trending. Find out what you need to know and how to put trending to work in your improvement program.
  • Performance Improvement Gap Analysis – This is the session where you put everything together. Where does your program have holes? How can you apply what you have learned to fill those holes? What are others doing to solve similar problems? Put your plan together so you are ready to hit the ground running and make improvements happen when you get back to work.

And the Best Practice Sessions outlined above are only a start. You will also see five great Keynote Speakers:

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Mike Williams will share his experience surviving the Deepwater Horizon explosion.

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Dr. Carol Gunn will share the story of the her sisters unnecessary death in a hospital and patient safety improvement.

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Inky Johnson will share his experience with a debilitating football injury and how it changed his life and helps him inspire excellence in others.

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Mark Paradies will help you get the most out of your application of TapRooT®.

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Vincent Ivan Phipps will teach yo to amplify your leadership skills and communication ability.

We know that the Summit will provide you with new ideas and the inspiration to implement them.

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4. Get started! Analyze your human performance issues and make improvements happen!

Just Do It! get back to work and implement what you have learned. Need more help? We can provide training at your site to get more people trained in using TapRooT® so that you have help making change happen.

Don’t wait! Get your four step plan started! Register for the courses and Summit today!

Old incident (2014) but is the sub fleet still overworked?

December 15th, 2017 by

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Can it be true that a Nuclear Navy submarine has sat in port in Guam for six months awaiting repairs while it was suppose to be deployed? Read: “Bizarre Deployment” in Navy Times.

Secretary of the Navy Strategic Readiness Review – Management System Problems Broke the US Navy

December 14th, 2017 by

Yes, “Management System Problems Broke the US Navy” is my headline.

 

The report to the Secretary of the Navy is much worse than I thought. The report outlines how budget restrictions and congressional leadership made the Navy conform to the structures of the Army and the Air Force and de-emphasized the role of providing seapower. That’s how the US Navy was broken. And it will be difficult to fix. (“All the King’s horses and all the King’s men couldn’t put Humpty Dumpty together again!” was a lesson learned in 1648 during the English civil war.)

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Many of the problems are Management System problems as outlined in a Navy Times article about the Strategic Review report to the Secretary of the Navy. The good news is … the authors of the Strategic Review get the Management System root causes pretty much right! The bad news is that it is less clear that the Navy has the ability to fix the issues because they are a result of Congressional action (funding, ship procurement, the Defense Officer Personnel Management Act, the Goldwater-Nichols Act of 1986, and National Defense Authorization Act provisions) and the Navy’s response to congressional cutbacks (Optimum Manning, the SWOS-in-a-box, modifications to the surface warfare officer sea-shore rotations and assignments, and the 2001 Revolution in Training for enlisted personnel).

The review says that the Navy must cut back their commitments to operational requirements in “peacetime.” But that is unlikely in the near wartime footing that they Navy faces in their forward deployments.

One of the recommendations made by the Strategic Review is for the Type Commanders to implement the “Rickover Letters” that are part of the Nuclear Navy Commanding Officer reporting structure. This will only work if the Type Commanders maintain strict requirements that Admiral Rickover established in the Nuclear Navy. This has not been the culture in the conventional surface Navy – EVER. Thus this would be a dramatic cultural shift.

Navy brass in the 1980’s and 1990’s wished that sailors at sea could do more with less and that “technology” would make that possible. Unfortunately the cuts were made (Optimal Manning and Continuous Maintenance Plan) without proof of concept testing. Now, over two decades later, the chickens have come home to roost.

The USA is an island nation. We can’t exist in our modern economy without sea trade. Thus, the USA must be the premier sea power. This requirement is independent of the “War on Terror,” the “War on Drugs,” or other missions to support land forces. Somehow past Presidents and Congressional leaders have not funded the seapower mission. Thus, we find ourselves in a bind that will be hard to fix.

The people in senior Navy leadership positions have grown up in a broken system. We must now ask them to fix (restore) the system when they have never seen it work properly. The CNO in a Navy Nuke from the submarine fleet that has faced budget reductions but has not faced the same personnel and training issues. He grew up in a different culture.

By making the US Navy the “same” as the Air Force and the Army, the unique requirements of the Navy were overlooked and the Navy was broken. Can it be fixed? The recommendations of the Strategic Review could start the repair process. But it is only a start. Many uniquely “Navy” cultural and readiness issues are not addressed in the report. Plus, this report probably will not get the attention it deserves until a failure of our war-fighting ability at sea produces a major foreign policy fiasco or, even worse, economic collapse at home because our island nation is cut off from overseas supplies.

One last comment.

The Strategic Review calls for the establishment of a “learning culture.” The authors of the Strategic Review call for proactive learning instead of the current culture of punishment based reactive learning. They frequently mention the “normalization-of-deviation” as if it a relatively recent US Navy cultural problem rather than being the state of the conventional surface navy for decades (or centuries?). They should read the article about Admiral Rickover and the normalization-of-excellence to better understand the changes that are needed. Also, establishing a proactive, learning culture isn’t possible until the US Navy understands advanced root cause analysis (which current investigations and corrective actions prove that the Navy does not understand).

The recommendations of section 6.3 of the Strategic Review are putting the “cart in front of the horse.” The FIRST step in correcting the Navy’s culture is for all naval officers (senior commanders through junior officers) to understand advanced root cause analysis. Without this understanding, learning – either proactive or reactive – is impossible. We have worked with industry leaders and we know of what we speak.

I certainly hope the US Navy makes significant progress in correcting the glaring shortcomings outlined in the Strategic Review. The lives of sailors at sea depend on it. But even worse, a failure to fix the root causes of the Management System problems and the poor understanding of advanced root cause analysis will certainly lead to failures of our seapower and serious foreign policy issues that may cause tremendous economic troubles for the US. I’m old and may not see the day when we discover that under-investment in seapower was a gigantic mistake. But if this problem isn’t fixed rapidly and effectively, certainly my children and grandchildren will face an uncertain, dark future.

I would be happy to discuss the improvements in root cause analysis that are needed with any Navy leader concerned that a more effective approach is needed.

TapRooT® Around the World: Uruguay

December 14th, 2017 by

TapRooT® Instructor, Hernando Godoy Garzón sent us these great photos from his course at ANDRITZ URUGUAY S.A. | Colonia.

Contact us at info@taproot.com to bring a course to your site. We deliver training around the globe.

 

What are the favorite blog posts from this year and from all time?

December 12th, 2017 by

The end of the year is coming and sometimes it is good to look back and see whats been trending for people who read this blog. Let’s look at the articles posted in 2017 and see what’s been trending …

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5. How Far Away is Death? (October – above)

4. Friday Joke: An Old Nuke Navy Joke… (October)

3. US Navy 7th Fleet Announces Blame for Crash of the USS Fitzgerald (August)

2. What happens when root cause analysis becomes too simple? Six problems I’ve observed. (July)

1. What is the Root Cause of the USS Fitzgerald Collision? (July)

And then let’s look back to the past to see the top five most popular articles of all time:

5. Root Cause Tip: What’s a Causal Factor? (2012)

4. 7 Secretos / secretos del análisis de Causa raíz (2011)

3. Live Your Core Values: 10 Minute Exercise to Increase Your Success (2013)

2. 7 Secrets of Root Cause Analysis (2011)

1. An Example of 5 Whys – Is this Root Cause Analysis? Let Me Know Your Thoughts… (2007)

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