Category: Best Practice Presentations

Need New Ways to Fix Old Problems? Sign up for the 2-Day Creative Corrective Actions Course!

April 27th, 2015 by

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This 2-Day Creative Corrective Actions course is a popular interactive and practical workshop that provides participants with a process and tools to uncover innovative and creative solutions and discover opportunities that will lead to breakthrough thinking. Follow this process for increasing creativity in process improvement, strategic thinking, or product design. Included in this workshop is Dr. Edward de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats™. Quit solving problems with the same thinking that created them, this course will take you outside the box and around the corner to a place where new ideas are designed.

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Michele Lindsay

This course is taught by Michele Lindsay, President, of P2 – Performance Potential Inc. Toronto, Ontario Canada. Michele is the type of leader that inspires others to design a better outcome and gives them the tools they need to go back to their facilities and create an exciting future. She has been working in the field of investigations and root cause analysis for over 20 years and is passionate about helping organizations and individuals access their potential.

A long time out of the box thinker and a focus on high performance has led Michele down a unique career path not only as a technical specialist in left brained, highly analytic root cause analysis, but uses her right brained creativity and connection to others to help her optimize performance with individuals, teams and organizations.

Michele has contributed to the Wiley Publication – Handbook of Loss Prevention Engineering on the topic of Leadership; Creating Conditions to Get Beyond Compliance to High Performance.   As a TapRooT® instructor for 1000s of learners, and a facilitator or reviewer in close to 100 significant investigations, her extensive background focuses not only on the process and system improvements but engaging  people to take performance to the next level.

Michele has developed this 2-day course on innovation and creative thinking intended to move teams to new solutions to old problems.  Join her in the Summit course “Creative Corrective Actions” to take these tools and skills back to your facility.

Course Outline

  • Identify and remove roadblocks to Creativity & Innovation
  • We are not all born creative – understanding how to get there
  • Describe and practice the Innovation process, which includes:
    • Focus – Define the problem or opportunity and bring it into focus
    • Uncover Alternatives – New ways to solve old problems, open the creativity tool box to help build solutions and NEW ideas.
    • Narrow your choices – Effectively and efficiently make decisions in teams that break down walls and create team collaboration including the using the globally renowned Six Thinking Hats™ method.
  • Create alignment in decision making
  • Apply the process and tools to a current business problem or opportunity
  • Lay the groundwork for successful implementation
  • Build a climate of innovation

This is the last chance to register for this course this year!

REGISTER for this course and the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit (June 1-5, 2015).

REGISTER for this 2-day course only (June 1-2, 2015).

Certified Instructors: How to Recertify at the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit

April 2nd, 2015 by

Register for the Certified Instructor Track: http://www.taproot.com/taproot-summit/register-for-summit

Learn how to View the Best Practice Sessions on Your Track and How to Customize your Schedule:  http://www.taproot.com/archives/48975

Southlake Hospital Staff Lives Their Values

March 24th, 2015 by

Michele Lindsay, President of Performance Potential Inc. and member of the Quality and Risk Department at Southlake Hospital recently shared this awesome video with us. Join Michele at the Global TapRooT® Summit June 1 and 2 for her exclusive 2-Day Creative Corrective Actions Course and sign up for the Improving Healthcare and Patient Quality track June 3 – 5 to attend her best practice session, RCA of Multiple Events, which is a case study of performing root cause analysis on several incidents that appear to be related. Take the opportunity to learn from many incidents that may not trigger a root cause analysis on their own, but collectively provide significant insights into process and system weaknesses so effective corrective actions can be put in place.

Hope you enjoy the video! Learn more about the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit at:

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

Don’t Miss Our International Event in Las Vegas! 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit

March 9th, 2015 by

The Linq Promenade – the best dining and entertainment district in Vegas (steps from the conference hotel!)

In less than three months , we’ll be convening in Las Vegas for the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit, an international event with world-renowned speakers and multiple tracks designed to share best practices within and across industries and professions.

Best Practice Tracks with Award-Winning Speakers

There are NINE learning tracks and the biggest problem may be choosing just one. But we even have a solution to that — you can also create your own custom track by picking any sessions you want to build a custom schedule. If you are unsure of how to customize your schedule, please call Barb at 865.539.2139, and she’ll walk you through it, or contact our admin staff at info@taproot.com with questions about registration.

If you prefer to choose sessions concentrated around a certain topic, choose one of our tracks focused on:

Equipment Reliability Improvement & Troubleshooting

Human Error Reduction & Behavior Change

Improving Healthcare Quality & Patient Safety

Incident Investigation & Root Cause Analysis

Process Quality and Corrective Action Programs

Safety Improvement

TapRooT® Software

If you are a Certified Instructor, register for our Certified TapRooT® Instructor track designed to give you the tools you need to take your facility to the next level and make your job easier.

And don’t forget to add one of our exclusive 2-day Pre-Summit courses to your schedule to make it a career-changing week of learning, sharing and networking.  Check out our Pre-Summit Courses here:  http://www.taproot.com/taproot-summit/pre-summit-courses

Last but not least … book your room in the block!  Room block rates are available for a limited time.  Learn more here: http://www.taproot.com/archives/48587

We hope to see you in Las Vegas June 1 – 5 2015 for the Global TapRooT® Summit!

 

2015 Global TapRooT® Summit Brochure

February 9th, 2015 by

Here is our hot-off-the-press 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit Brochure! We hope you will join us June 1 – 5, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

For more information, visit:  http://www.taproot.com/taproot-summit

To register, visit:  http://www.taproot.com/taproot-summit/register-for-summit

Richard Phillips, Real Life Inspiration for the Movie Captain Phillips, to Speak at 2015 Summit

January 19th, 2015 by

Learn important lessons on leadership at the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit from Richard Phillips, real life inspiration for the movie, Captain Phillips, who will be the closing keynote speaker on Day 3. The Summit begins on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 right after our 2-day Pre-Summit courses (June 1 and 2, 2015).

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Richard Phillips

For five days in April 2009, the world was glued to their TV screens as Captain Richard Phillips became the center of an extraordinary international drama when he was captured by Somali pirates who hijacked his ship, the first hijacking of a US ship in more than 200 years.

Though Captain Phillips describes himself as a “regular guy,” the world knows that his actions were anything but ordinary after the pirate attack. His harrowing and heroic efforts to survive an ordeal that riveted the world were only matched in valor by his decisive actions to save his crew and the ship they sailed. President Obama said, “I share the country’s admiration for the bravery of Captain Phillips and his selfless concern for his crew. His courage is a model for all Americans.”

REGISTER for the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit, June 1-5, 2015, Las Vegas.

 

 

 

Don’t Miss Important Lessons Learned from Multi-fatality Incidents at the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit

January 12th, 2015 by

Alan Smith and Mhorvan Sherret, Directors, Matrix Risk Control (UK) Ltd
and Law Enforcement Specialists,  are the closing keynote speakers for the second day of the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit. The Summit begins on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 right after our 2-day Pre-Summit courses (June 1 and 2, 2015).

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Alan Smith

Alan Smith and Mhorvan Sherret founded Matrix Risk Control (UK) Ltd. following successful careers in law enforcement when they were at the forefront of many major investigations. They wanted to promote excellence in investigation within industry to improve performance, and ensure that many of the tragic events they had witnessed never happened again. Both Alan and Mhorvan are passionate about not only finding out what happened, but why it happened and, most importantly, helping to put in place preventative measures that really work.

They have worked closely with System Improvements Inc. since 2009, spreading the TapRooT® word throughout the globe, and assisting organizations in making things better.

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In founding and developing their own business, Alan and Mhorvan are acutely aware of the importance of their people and that their success is entirely relative to the performance of their staff.

Sadly, both have been involved in many incidents where the value of people has not been fully appreciated until it was too late, and they have learned the hard way how crucial it is to build a caring culture around a business and the importance of being ready for the unthinkable.

A death or deaths in the workplace can have a hugely negative impact on an organization but much can be done in readiness to ensure that the business continues effectively and, more importantly, those left behind continue to function in an environment where they know that the organization has done the right thing, and dealt with the helplessness that such an event brings in a sensitive and caring manner.

Alan and Mhorvan will share with you their experiences of multi-fatality incident consequences, and how you can prepare your organization for the nightmare scenario.

REGISTER for the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit.

Learn How Character Drives Success from Dr. Beverly Chiodo at the 2015 Summit

January 5th, 2015 by
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Dr. Beverly Chiodo

Dr. Beverly Chiodo is the opening keynote speaker for the second day of the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit. The Summit begins on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 right after our 2-day Pre-Summit courses (June 1 and 2, 2015).

Known as the “Dr. of Encouragement,” Dr. Beverly Chiodo has received state and national recognition for her teaching including National Business Teacher for 1997 by the National Business Education Association. She has also been “Hero of the Day” on CBS national TV program, This Morning.

Dr. Jerome Supple, President of Southwest Texas State University said, “She has won every teaching award this university has to offer.”

We are excited to invite this award-winning, inspiring speaker back to the Summit to teach us about the importance of character.

REGISTER NOW for the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit, June 1 – 5, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Learn How to Be Unstoppable with Walter Bond, former NBA Player, at the 2015 Summit

December 29th, 2014 by

Walter Bond is the closing keynote speaker on opening day of the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit. The Summit begins on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 right after our 2-day Pre-Summit courses (June 1 and 2, 2015).

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Walter Bond

Only 41% of the US workforce say “people take full responsibility for their actions” in their organization. That means that less than half of American workers are accountable for their work performance and production. If the key to production is accountability, Walter Bond, Mr. Accountability, is a no-brainer. Walter knows how teams and individuals should adapt, motivate themselves and hold themselves accountable for delivering great results when the game is changing. We believe that accountability from the top down is the key business game-changer that nobody is talking about or truly understands. In a competitive world, we are helping our clients thrive in business by teaching the power of accountability. Clearly, research reveals that organizations with poor accountability have high turnover, poor performance, subpar products and services, and low employee engagement. The bottom line is that the elephant in the room is . . . ACCOUNTABILITY.

Your organization is a reflection of your people, “No One Can Stop You But You,” is a powerful presentation that will connect with each individual and packed with powerful insights on how to build healthy confidence, become a peak performer, dominating your current role, eliminating all excuses and point the finger where it should be, at yourself.

REGISTER NOW for the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit, June 1 – 5, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Dan Quiggle to Present “Excellence in Leadership” at the 2015 Summit

December 22nd, 2014 by

Dan Quiggle is the opening keynote speaker for the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit. The Summit begins on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 right after our 2-day Pre-Summit courses (June 1 and 2, 2015).

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Dan Quiggle

Dan Quiggle founded The Quiggle Group to promote and expand excellence in leadership. Beginning his professional career in the Office of Ronald Reagan, Dan learned leadership personally from the master himself – Ronald Reagan. Politics aside, President Reagan was one of the most gifted leaders our nation has seen in a generation and Dan was right there to see up close how President Reagan used and applied his natural skills to not only impact the lives of those around him, but lead the Free World! Dan has spent his career emulating and refining the skills he observed directly from President Reagan and is passionate about sharing his experiences with a new generation of leaders.

Having successfully started five companies in fields as varied as retail distribution and medical technology, Dan has the hands-on experience to authentically communicate with today’s top business leaders. As a graduate of UCLA, Dan currently serves as President and CEO of America’s Choice Title Company, recognized by Inc. Magazine as the 2nd fastest growing title agency in America. He is a company founder and serves on the Board of Directors. Dan’s professional accomplishments give him the experience and credibility needed to successfully support the leadership growth of any professional.

Root Cause Analysis Tips: 2014 Global TapRooT® Summit Best Practices (KBR)

October 8th, 2014 by

John Hodges from KBR (Kellogg, Brown & Root) shared his TapRooT® Best Practice with us at the 2014 Global TapRooT® Summit during our Users Share Best Practices session. Watch his video below to hear more about how his team at KBR implements TapRooT® into their product line and various other areas of the company.

If you don’t have time to watch the video, here is his Best Practice tip:

“One of the things that we feel like is a best practice is that we have several product lines that not only investigate injuries or serious incidents, we also drop it down to a level of Near-Miss incidents and investigate those as well because those are the things that are going to lead to a serious incident in the future. The other thing we do is that any of our people that go through TapRooT® training, have to attend a refresher every two years. The third thing that we do, that I feel like is significant, is offer all the people that we train on their first several TapRooT® analyses to send them in to us and we give them some coaching on what they need to do.”

Want to know more about the upcoming 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit in Las Vegas in June?

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Best Practice Session 1 – Global TapRooT® Summit

April 7th, 2014 by

Here are the presentations and handouts received thus far for:

Best Practice Session 1
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
10:30 a.m. – noon

at the 2014 Global TapRooT® Summit. Presentations will be uploaded as they are received. If the presentation you are looking for is not available, check back later. If you have any questions, please e-mail Barb.

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TapRooT® Users Share Best Practices (Linda Unger, Benna Dortch and Michelle Wishoun) (Presentation will be uploaded when received from presenter.)

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Advanced Causal Factor Development (Ken Turnbull)

Causal Factor Worksheet

Causal Factor Worksheet Portrait

Safeguard Chart with Categories

Potential Causal Factor Test

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Character Driven Success (Beverly Chiodo) (View presentation.)

Best Practice Session 2 – 2014 Global TapRooT® Summit

April 7th, 2014 by

Here are the presentations and handouts received thus far for:

Best Practice Session 2
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
1:00 p.m. to 2:20 p.m.

at the 2014 Global TapRooT® Summit. Presentations will be uploaded as they are received. If the presentation you are looking for is not available, check back later. If you have any questions, please e-mail Barb.

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Slips, Trips and Falls: The Science Behind Walking HSL (Robert Shaw) (View presentation.)

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Maintenance & Safety Improvement – How They Are Related (Jade Washmon) (View presentation.)

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Error Proof Health Care – How to Accelerate Your Improvement Efforts (Kevin McManus) (View presentation.)

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Using TapRooT® for a Process Improvement (Jonathan Kennedy) (View presentation.)

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A Beginner’s Guide to Investigation Using TapRooT® Single User Software (Ralph Brickey) (View outline – Presentation will not be public.)

Best Practice Session 3 – 2014 Global TapRooT® Summit

April 7th, 2014 by

Here are the presentations and handouts received thus far for:

Best Practice Session 3
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
2:40 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.

at the 2014 Global TapRooT® Summit. Presentations will be uploaded as they are received from the presenters. If you have any questions, please e-mail Barb.

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Using TapRooT® to Prevent Serious Injuries and Fatalities (Dave Janney) (View presentation.)

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Where is Your Equipment Reliability Program? The Good, The Bad & The Ugly (Mark Olson) (View presentation.)

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How Good Communication Changes Human Performance (Clare Solomon and Mark Ormond)(Handout 1) (Handout 2)

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Systems Root Cause Analysis of Intergenerational Issues (Akivah Northern) (Presentation will be uploaded when received from presenter.)

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Measure Your RCA System: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly (Richard Mesker, Ralph Blessing, Brian Dolin) (Presentation will be uploaded when received from presenter.)

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TapRooT® Case Studies (Kevin McManus) (View presentation.)

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Stump (and Advise) the Software Experts (TapRooT® Development Team) (Presentation will be uploaded when received from presenter.)

Best Practice Session 4 – Global TapRooT® Summit

April 7th, 2014 by

Here are the presentations and handouts received thus far for:

Best Practice Session 4
Thursday, April 10, 2014
9:10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

at the 2014 Global TapRooT® Summit. Presentations will be uploaded as they are received. If the presentation you are looking for is not available, check back later. If you have any questions, please e-mail Barb.

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What’s New in the TapRooT® Software (Dan Verlinde) (Presentation will be uploaded when received from presenter.)

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The Business End of Equipment Reliability, Part 1 (Heinz Bloch) (View Presentation.)

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Why Exceeding Customer Expectations is Wrong (Chris Vallee) (Presentation will be uploaded when received from presenter.)

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Do You Have What It Takes To Sell Safety? (Clare Solomon & Larry Perkinson) (Presentation will be uploaded when received from presenter. (Handout 1) (Handout 2)

Best Practice Session 5 – 2014 Global TapRooT® Summit

April 7th, 2014 by

Here are the presentations and handouts received thus far for:

Best Practice Session 5
Thursday, April 10, 2014
10:50 a.m. to noon

at the 2014 Global TapRooT® Summit. Presentations will be uploaded as they are received. If the presentation you are looking for is not available, check back later. If you have any questions, please e-mail Barb.

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Get Your RCA PhD: Advanced Root Cause Analysis Using TapRooT® (Mark Paradies) (View Presentation.)

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The Business End of Equipment Reliability, Part 2 (Heinz Bloch) (View Presentation.)

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Slips, Trips and Falls: The Science Behind Walking HSL (Rob Shaw) (View Presentation.)

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Metrics & Trending

Kevin McManus – Your Metrics Must Have a Purpose (View Presentation.)

Chris Vallee – (Presentation will be posted when received from presenter.)

Best Practice Session 6 – 2014 Global TapRooT® Summit

April 7th, 2014 by

Here are the presentations and handouts received thus far for:

Best Practice Session 6
Thursday, April 10, 2014
1:00 p.m. to 2:20 p.m.

at the 2014 Global TapRooT® Summit. Presentations will be uploaded as they are received. If the presentation you are looking for is not available, check back later. If you have any questions, please e-mail Barb.

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TapRooT® Certified Instructor Recertification Workshop (Presentation is not public – Certified Instructors only.)

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The Foundations of Equifactor® (Heinz Bloch) (View presentation.)

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Human Performance Tools & Organizational Factors (Mark Paradies and Frank Verschueren)

(View Mark Paradies’ Presentation.)

(View Frank Verschueren’s Presentation.)

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Expert Facilitation of Investigations Using TapRooT® Software (Brian Tink) (Presentation will be uploaded when received from presenter.)

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Driving Safety – Culture Leads to Success (Bruce Huber) (View outline – presentation will not be public.)

 

Best Practice Session 7 – 2014 Global TapRooT® Summit

April 7th, 2014 by

Here are the presentations and handouts received thus far for:

Best Practice Session 7
Thursday April 10, 2014
2:40 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.

at the 2014 Global TapRooT® Summit. Presentations will be uploaded as they are received. If the presentation you are looking for is not available, check back later. If you have any questions, please e-mail Barb.

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Infamous Accidents:

  • Piper Alpha (Alan Smith & Alan Scott) (Presentation will be uploaded when received from presenter.)
  • Titanic (Harry Thorburn) (View Presentation)

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Fatigue & Human Performance – The Tell Tale Signs of Fatigue-Related Mistakes (William Sirois) (Presentation will be uploaded soon.)

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CAPA Best Practices: Is Your Industry Really that Different?

  • Power Distribution Industry: Establishing and Sustaining a Corrective Action Steering Committee (Amy Bratkovic) (View Presentation.)
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Corrective Action Effecitveness Review Approach (Theresa Triplett) (View Presentation.)

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How We Implemented TapRooT® Enterprise Software (Scott Gunderson & Jennifer Hegert)

(View Scott Gunderson’s presentation.)

(View Jennifer Hegert’s presentation.)

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The Foundations of Equifactor® (Heinz Bloch) (View Presentation.)

 

 

Best Practice Session 8 – 2014 Global TapRooT® Summit

April 7th, 2014 by

Here are the presentations and handouts received thus far for:

Best Practice Session 8
Friday, April 11, 2014
8:00 a.m. to 8:50 a.m.

the 2014 Global TapRooT® Summit. Presentations will be uploaded as they are received. If the presentation you are looking for is not available, check back later. If you have any questions, please e-mail Barb.

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Interviewing: DeCoding Non-Verbal Communication (Barb Phillips) (View Presentation.)

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Best Practices in Equipment Reliability (Heinz Bloch) (View presentation.)

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Wellness Programs (Dr. Becky Blessing and Ralph Blessing) (View presentation.)

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High Reliability Industry Lessons Learned for Healthcare (Gard Clark, Kay Gallogly & Dana Barclay) (View presentation.)

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Test Drive the Version 6 Software (Dan Verlinde) (Presentation will be uploaded when received from presenter.)

Lessons *Not* Learned from Deepwater Horizon & Texas City (and How to Improve Investigations)

March 3rd, 2014 by

Mark Paradies, President of System Improvements, Inc./TapRooT®, presents a view of lessons *not* learned according previous reports related to Deepwater Horizon & Texas City. In this 2013 Global TapRooT® Summit presentation he critiques the failure to learn and prevent accident recurrence, and offers suggestions to improve investigations.


View four-part video of this presentation:

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four

Court Hearing Reveals Pilots Complained of Fatigue Before Fatal Crash

February 20th, 2014 by

280px-Nose_and_forward_section_of_UPS_1354On August 14, 2013, UPS Airlines Flight 1354 crashed and burst into flames short of the runway on approach to Birmingham–Shuttlesworth International Airport. Both pilots of the cargo plane were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

The Federal Aviation Administration issued new rules aimed at ensuring airline pilots have sufficient rest 2 years ago, and proposed to include cargo airlines in draft regulations, but exempted them when final regulations were released, citing cost.

Read the rest of the story on The Washington Post.

Learn more about tell-tale signs of fatigue-related mistakes at the 2014 Global TapRooT® Summit. Summit speaker Bill Sirois, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Circadian Technologies, will be speaking about fatigue and human performance.

Fatigue in the workplace is difficult to measure, and it is even more difficult to identify as a causal factor of accidents and injuries. However, fatigue does contribute to human errors including errors in judgment, risk-taking behaviors, clouded decision-making, ability to handle stress and reaction time. 

Join us for the Human Error Reduction and Behavior Change track, April 9 – 11, 2014 in Horseshoe Bay, Texas, to hear this talk.

LEARN MORE on the Summit website.

REGISTER NOW for the Human Error Reduction and Behavior Change track.

2014 Global TapRooT® Summit Best Practice Tracks: Our Track Leaders Make it Easier to Choose!

January 27th, 2014 by

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Still undecided about which best practice track to choose?

Our next exciting Summit is just around the corner (April 7 – 11, 2014 in Horseshoe Bay Texas), and our Track Leaders invite you to solve your most pressing issues in 2014 with these special invitations and useful information:

Incident Investigation & Root Cause Analysis: Do you want to increase your incident investigation & root cause analysis skills? Learn advanced topics on this track and take your skills to the next level. (View Ken Reed’s video invitation.)

Human Error Reduction & Behavior Change: Improve human performance at your facility! This track is full of ideas you can take back and apply immediately. (View Mark Paradies’ video invitation).

Safety Improvements and Serious Injury / Fatalities Reduction: If you are a safety professional, you will find a good mix of TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis information as well as general safety info on this track. (View Dave Janney’s video invitation.)

Process Quality & Corrective Action Program: Are your corrective actions falling flat? Does your process quality leave something to be desired? Come and share your top concerns and let us help you find solutions. (View Chris Vallee’s video invitation.)

Improving Healthcare Quality & Patient Safety: Does your healthcare facility need a reboot when it comes to root cause analysis? Attend this track and learn how to do better sentinel event investigations, and improve the quality of investigations in healthcare. (View Ed Skompski’s video invitation.)

Equipment Reliability Improvement and Troubleshooting: Have you heard about our special guest speaker? If you work with equipment, you won’t want to miss this track. (Learn more about this track.)

Certified TapRooT® Instructor Track: Calling all Certified Instructors! It’s required that you attend the Summit and some additional training once every two years.  (View Michelle Wishoun’s video invitation.)

Software Track: Do you use the TapRooT® software to conduct your investigations? It doesn’t matter if you are a new or seasoned TapRooT® Software user, this track was designed for you. Do you want to know all the updates we’ve made in the last year? Do you want all the tips and tricks for using the TapRooT® Software for SnapChart®s, trending, reports, and communicating/tracking corrective actions? (View Ed Skompski’s video invitation.)

Special Topics: Consider the Special Topics Track as an “extra” topics list you can choose from to replace a topic on your track that may not apply to what you do or to replace a topic you’ve already studied in depth. If you are bringing your spouse this year, he or she may also find some interesting topics here. (Learn more about this track.)

REGISTER TODAY!

Best Practices in Equipment Reliability Improvement & Troubleshooting

January 23rd, 2014 by

images_heinz.bloch2-1-tm.jpgLearn Best Practices in Equipment Reliability Improvement & Troubleshooting at the 2014 Global TapRooT® Summit! Join us in Horseshoe Bay, Texas (near Austin) April 9 – 11, 2014 and learn about the business end of equipment reliability and the foundations of Equifactor® from global expert, Heinz Bloch.

The Business End of Equipment Reliability

Reliability engineering efforts often suffer from a fragmented approach. Some companies and facilities repeat consultant-conceived generalities and wonder why they get bogged down in squabbles over definitions and benchmarking numbers. In fact, some could even dispense with the reliability engineering function without seeing a blip in their company’s profitability (or lack thereof).

However, other corporations and business entities are far more structured and productive. Their reliability engineering endeavors are well defined and they have budgets and accountability. For them, reliability engineering is never an afterthought. This presentation shows where the two differ. It is short on vague generalities and long on value-adding specifics.

The Foundations of Equifactor

The presenter has authored or co-authored 18 textbooks on reliability improvement topics. His text “Machinery Failure Analysis and Troubleshooting” is now in its 4th Edition. This book contains time-tested methods of identifying root causes of failures which were subsequently melded into the “Equifactor-approach.” Equifactor is a straightforward and repeatable method which, for many decades, has kept a select few user companies at the top of Best Practices or Best-of-Class performers. The presenter shares several case histories to illustrate how he successfully used its core approach 30 years ago and still practices it today.

LEARN MORE about the equipment track from track leader, Ken Reed (view video).

MAKE A WEEK OF IT by attending the 2-day equipment Pre-Summit Course in addition to the 3-day Summit (learn details about the 2-day).

REGISTER NOW for the 2014 Global TapRooT® Summit!

Mark Paradies to Speak at the 2014 Global TapRooT® Summit

December 3rd, 2013 by

Mark9-tm.jpgMark Paradies will be a keynote speaker at the 2014 Global TapRooT® Summit.

Mark is President of System Improvements in Knoxville, Tennessee. He is co-author of TapRooT® – Changing the Way the World Solves Problems, a contributor to the Root Cause Analysis Blog and the editor of the Root Cause Network newsletter. He is a member of the IEEE Committee writing a root cause analysis standard for the nuclear industry and is a co-author of the book Guidelines for Investigating Chemical Process Incidents published by the Center for Chemical Process Safety.

Mark earned a Master’s Degree in Nuclear Engineering with an emphasis on human factors at the University of Illinois. He was certified by Navsea 08 as an engineer in the Nuclear Navy and is a Certified Professional Ergonomist and a Certified Hazard Control Manager. He is a senior member of the American Society for Quality.

To learn more about the Summit, visit: http://www.taproot.com/taproot-summit

Which Best Practice Track Will Revolutionize Your Efforts in 2014?

November 21st, 2013 by

Did you know the Global TapRooT® Summit offers nine best practice tracks that can revolutionize your efforts in 2014? You won’t find another conference that offers so many opportunities to learn best practices in incident investigation, root cause analysis, and performance improvement.

The thing that makes the Summit Tracks so revolutionary is the personal attention to the selection of presenters. Behind every informative Best Practice Track is a dedicated Track Leader who has put significant thought into selecting best practice speakers.

Today, I’d like to introduce three of these Best Practice Track Leaders and give you an opportunity to hear what they have to say about their unique tracks.

Ken Reed, Partner, System Improvements has an awesome line-up of advanced sessions in Incident Investigation and Root Cause Analysis. Click on the image below to learn more about Ken’s track (two minute video).

Incident Investigation and Root Cause Analysis Best Practice Track (2:32).

Dave Janney, Senior Associate, System Improvements, has included “a good mix of TapRooT® information and safety information” that he thinks you will enjoy on his Serious Injury/Fatalities Reduction Best Practice Track. Click the image below to learn more about Dave’s track (three minute video).
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Chris Vallee, Senior Associate, System Improvements, lists topics that you can look forward to this year on the Process Quality & Corrective Actions Programs Track. Click the image below to learn more about Chris’ track (one minute video)..

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So, after viewing the above videos, which Best Practice Tracks or sessions mentioned by the Track Leaders stand out for you? Which track would most likely revolutionize your incident investigation, root cause analysis, and performance improvement efforts in 2014?  Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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