Category: Summit

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

2015 Global TapRooT® Summit After Hours: The Jersey Boys

March 31st, 2015 by

Have you registered for the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit in Las Vegas, NV (June 1 – 5, 2015)? This column highlights some fun things to do after hours.

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Vegas is known for amazing entertainment, and there are several awesome shows to choose from for a fun evening out during Summit Week.

Jersey Boys, Le Theatre Des Arts at Paris Las Vegas, is a true heart-wrenching off-broadway show that will leave you with tears of joy from such a sweet story. The story line isn’t the only highly reviewed aspect of the show, though,  the music and talented quartet are nothing short of exceptional. There’s a reason The Jersey Boys won a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater in 2007 and four Tony Awards in the Musical category in 2006. If you’re in the mood to see true musical entertainment in the heart of The Strip, this one will not let you down.

Watch a sneak peek here!

And CLICK HERE to register today for the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit!

Or CLICK HERE for more info about the Summit!

PS – Want to learn more about shows going on during Summit Week? Check out Zarkana by Cirque Du Soleil and Million Dollar Quartet!

Global TapRooT® Summit Trivia … Can You Answer These Questions?

March 30th, 2015 by

 

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1. Where was the first TapRooT® Summit (then called the TapRooT® Conference) held?

a) Knoxville

b) Orlando

c) San Antonio

d) Gatlinburg

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2. How many TapRooT® Summits have been held since the first Summit?

a) 18

b) 15

c) 10

d) 6

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3. In what year was the first TapRooT® Summit Held?

a) 1988

b) 1994

c) 1997

d) 2000

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4. Who was presented with the “Most Beloved Speaker” Award?

a) Ed Skompski

b) Mark Paradies

c) Beverly Chiodo

d) ED Hill

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5. Counting this year, how many times has the Global TapRooT® Summit been held in Las Vegas?

a) 1

b) 3

c) 5

d) 7

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6. Where was the largest (by attendance) Global TapRooT® Summit ever held?

a) Austin

b) London

c) Houston

d) Las Vegas

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7. How was JR Ewing connected to the Global TapRooT® Summit?

a) He invented it.

b) People from his oil company always attend.

c) He was involved in a TapRooT® investigation.

d) A JR look alike attended the TapRooT® Summit reception in 1998 at the Southfork Ranch.

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8. How many Summit Best Practice Tracks are there at this year’s Global TapRoot® Summit?

a) 4

b) 7

c) 9

d) 11

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9. You can customize your Summit schedule by picking topics from different Best Practice Tracks.

a) True

b) False

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10. Last years Global TapRooT® Summit was held in?

a) Las Vegas

b) Austin

c) Calgary

d) Orlando

 

Check the comments field below for the answers!

And don’t miss the 2015 Global TapRoot® Summit. For more information see:

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

What Pre-Summit Course Should You Attend?

March 26th, 2015 by

There are 15 potential Pre-Summit Courses to choose from in June and five of the courses are new. That’s probably why so many people are asking which course would be best for them. Therefore, I thought I’d share my thoughts to help people make the best choice.

First, the 15 Courses are:

Next, let me say that I like all these courses. I’ve hand-picked them to be included before the Summit because I think they will help you solve some of your biggest problems. But I understand that you can only attend one of these courses and that you want to pick the best one, so I’ll offer some advice.

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If you haven’t attended a TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Course before, then you should consider attending the 2-Day TapRooT® Incident Investigation and Root Cause Analysis Course. This is the basic/starter TapRooT® Course that all investigators/root cause analysts should take. It will make the Summit much more valuable if you understand how the TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis System works. And it will help you perform much better investigations of safety, quality, and production issues. This course (like all Pre-Summit Courses) is completely guaranteed. We know that you and your management will agree that you will find root causes that you previously would have missed and develop much more effective corrective actions.

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Need to improve equipment reliability and apply advanced equipment troubleshooting techniques? Then the Special 2-Day Equifactor® Equipment Troubleshooting and Root Cause Analysis Course is for you. You will learn to apply Heinz Bloch’s advanced troubleshooting techniques to understand how equipment failures occurred. You will then learn to take that information, organize it in a SnapCharT®, identify the Causal Factors, and find each Causal Factors root causes using the TapRooT® Root Cause Tree®. Even equipment troubleshooting experts that have attended this course have commented on the helpfulness of the Heinz Bloch troubleshooting tables and the TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis System.

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Want to improve your TapRoot® Skills, especially your ability to identify Causal Factors? Then the Advanced Causal Factor Development Course is for you. Ken Turnbull teaches this course using recent examples of accidents, incidents, and near-misses – some straight from the press. You will get lot’s of hands-on exercise practice and instructor feedback.

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Do you need to learn to trend your safety and performance data? Especially data from infrequently occurring accident statistics? Would you like to prove that you have improved performance? Or do you need to mathematically demonstrate that a “trend” really isn’t a trend, but rather, is just normal process variation? That’s what the Advanced Trending Techniques Course is all about. I developed after I saw a client’s advanced trending best practices that blew me away. This was trending that really worked and showed when a trend was real and when it was just normal process variation. It was based on advanced lean/six sigma techniques that were specially modified for low frequency accident data. But the same techniques can be applied to all your data. It truly is a one size fits all trending program that will help your management focus their improvement initiative. In the course you will learn how to draw advanced graphs and practice your skills so that you can apply the techniques to your data back home. The course is taught by Kevin McManus, a quality/safety guru, and I know that you will find it enlightening and very useful.

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The topic of Safety Culture is a hot button in the nuclear, oil, and aviation industry. If you would like to analyze and improve your safety culture, then the TapRooT® Analyzing and Fixing Safety Culture Issues Course is for you. Brian Tink and Brian Tink (Jr & Sr) will show you how to use TapRooT® Tools along with culture analysis tools to analyze and fix safety culture issues. Part of this course is a practice safety culture analysis for your company. If safety culture is a hot button topic at your company, don’t miss this course.

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Interested in risk assessment and management? Want to learn about the latest international standards and how they can help keep your management out of trouble? Then you need to listen to risk management guru Jim Whiting in his course: Risk Assessment and Management Best Practices. Jim shares all the latest risk management techniques and tons of documentation that you will use when you return to work

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Interested in applying advanced root cause analysis techniques in a Lean, Six Sigma, or Quality program? Then attend the TapRooT® Quality/Six Sigma/Lean Advanced Root Cause Analysis Training taught by Chris Vallee. Chris is a Six Sigma Black Belt. He will show you how to use TapRooT® Techniques to analyze and fix quality problems, lean waste issues, and problems discovered using Six Sigma techniques.

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Do you provide technical support for the TapRooT® Software? Are you a TapRooT® Software “Power Users” who wants to learn the latest tricks and see the latest software updates? Are you interested in the changes coming in Version 6 of the TapRooT® Software. Are you responsible for setting up the TapRoot® Software and preparing the trending fields and linking the software to other databases? Then you want to attend the Getting the Most from Your TapRooT® Software Course taught by Dan VerLinde, VP for Software Development at SI. You will be amazed how much you learn and how much better your software usage will be.

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What is a hazard? Do you see them before they can cause an accident? If you are interested in Hazard recognition and elimination, then the Hazard Recognition Course is for you. Peter Berkholtz, a TapRoot® Instructor from Australia with 25 years of mining and industrial experience, will teach this practical course. Don’t let hazards sneak up on you. Recognize and eliminate them!

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Did you know you could use the TapRooT® System to solve problems before they cause a crisis? If you want to stop problems BEFORE they happen, then the Proactive Use of TapRooT® Course is for you! Dave Janney developed this course after realizing that people would rather stop fatalities before they happen rather than investigate fatalities after they happen. He explains how TapRooT® can be applied to improve auditing, observations and BBS, and pre-job hazard assessments. Learn new ways to apply the TapRoot® System to proactively improve performance at your facility.

And now for the new courses …

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Interviewing and Investigation Basics: We’ve taught this course before but after we had so many positive comments about Barbara Phillips talk on Body language and interviewing at last year’s TapRooT® Summit, we decided to completely revise the course adding new material on interviewing, I think you will find this course to be engaging, useful, practical, and a good use of your time if you are interested in effective cognitive interview and non-verbal techniques and the tools and practices needed to collect information for an effective root cause analysis.

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Combating Fatigue: fatigue in the workplace (and while driving) is one of the most frequent, and least investigated, causes of accidents. Studies of actual auto accidents that were video tapped inside the car for later analysis showed that actual fatigue and sleeping was often NEVER reported but was the cause of the accident. What can you do to fight fatigue at your company? Get great ideas from fatigue expert Bill Sirois. Learn to understand the risks of fatigue. Learn the five levels of defense against fatigue. Learn to build and improve a Fatigue Risk Management System (required in several industries). Understand specific methods to handle fatigue in high hazard industries. This course has been completely updated since it was last given before the 2012 Summit and we see it as completely new.

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Understanding and Stopping Human Error: Mark Paradies, President of System Improvements and Joel Haight, Professor of Industrial Engineering at the University of Pittsburg, will bring their considerable knowledge of the practical application of human factors engineering to this newly developed course. The course will cover the human abilities and limitations that lead to human error, how to understand error likely situations and error causing designs, and how to apply error reducing techniques that work and to understand why some error reducing techniques that are frequently suggested are of little practical value. If you are interested in human performance and stopping human error (or at least reducing it as far as practical), then don’t miss this course.

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Root Cause Analysis for Sentinel Events & Healthcare Quality Improvement: Ed Skompski, Vice President at System Improvements, has created a 2-Day TapRooT® Course especially for the healthcare community that focuses on the analysis of the root causes of sentinell events and healthcare quality issues. The course is built around real clinical events and uses the TapRooT® System, a recognized good practice in the healthcare industry and that the terminology is recognized by The Joint Commission.

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Creative Corrective Actions: You may remember this course from the past. Michele Lindsay was a TapRooT® Instructor for over a decade. But she now is a performance improvement coach at a healthcare facility. But this year she will be coming back to the TapRooT® Summit and is presenting a new course on creative corrective actions using Dr. Edward de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats™ techniques.

That’s a lot of training to choose from! But don’t wait too long to register. Seats are limited in these courses and we want you to get your first choice!

Additionally, you get a $200 discount on the training when you also attend the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit. For more Summit info, see:

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

And if you have any questions about the Pre-Summit Courses or the Summit, please call us at 865-539-2139. Or CLICK HERE to drop us a note with your question.

How to Navigate our Online Schedule for the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit

March 25th, 2015 by

The hardest thing about registering for the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit (June 1-5, 2015, Las Vegas) is deciding which best practices sessions to sign up for among all the great options. This video will help you navigate our online schedule so that you can begin thinking about it before you go through the actual registration process. The video also gives a couple of tips about how to modify your schedule during the registration process.  If you need assistance, please contact us at info@taproot.com.

Here is the link to the schedule page: http://www.taproot.com/taproot-summit/summit-schedule

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

2015 Global TapRooT® Summit After Hours: Zarkana by Cirque Du Soleil

March 24th, 2015 by

Have you registered for the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit, June 1 – 5, 2015 in Las Vegas Nevada? This column is to help you plan for some fun things to do after hours.

Thrilling, funny and non-stop action are words I’d use to describe Zarkana by Cirque Du Soleil. Below are a couple of clips from the performance I attended that demonstrate the complexity and beauty of the set, and the heartwarming cast.

ARIA Resort and Casino is hosting this awe-inspiring show filled with 70 world class acrobats, aerialists, jugglers, high wire and trapeze artists.

The theme for Zarkana is an extraordinary circus coming alive in an old abandoned theater. You can just imagine the excitement and entertainment the performers can bring to life with a theme like that. The NY Post calls it an “ideal choice” when it comes to the world of Cirque du Soleil.

If you enjoy the heartstopping acts in a “traditional” circus, you will love Zarkana by Cirque Du Soleil.  It offers tradition plus an extra dose of magic that will leave you feeling awestruck!

Get your tickets here:

https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/zarkana/default.aspx

Register for the Summit and pre-Summit here:

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

And learn more about the Summit here:

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

2015 Global TapRooT® Summit After Hours: Guy Fieri’s Kitchen and Bar in The LINQ

March 17th, 2015 by

Have you registered for the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit in Las Vegas, NV (June 1 – 5, 2015)? This column highlights some fun things to do after hours.

We’ve all heard about the famous chef and host of the popular show Diners, Drive Ins and Dives, Guy Fieri. His expertise and creativity comes to life in his new Vegas kitchen and bar located in The LINQ Hotel and Casino.

Some of the favorites are the Triple-T Fries, Bacon Mac-N-Cheese burger and the homemade Mexican Churros.

When we went for our site visit, even though the Chicken Fried Bacon Biscuits & Gravy sounded like something that would knock my cholesterol off the charts, I had to try it.  It was so worth it!

A M A Z I N G!  

If you like bacon, and you like fried chicken you will LOVE chicken fried bacon.

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One review said each menu item is served like an “edible masterpiece” so if that doesn’t make your mouth water, I don’t know what will.

With it being being within walking distance from the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel where the Summit will be held, it’s a must-visit.  But if you decide to walk over there, don’t forget to invite me!!

REGISTER TODAY for the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit!

LEARN MORE on the Summit website!

Five New Courses – One Awesome Location

March 16th, 2015 by

Did you know that we have FIVE new Pre-Summit Courses on the schedule for the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit? Register for one of these exclusive courses and join us in Las Vegas, Nevada June 1 and 2 to learn how to take your facility to the next level as well as re-energize your career.

The 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit will be held at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel

The 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit will be held at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel

Interviewing & Investigation Basics: There’s so much to remember when conducting an investigation … and so much to lose if you don’t remember or just don’t know where to begin. (Instructors: Ken Scott & Barb Phillips) (Read course description here.)

Combating Fatigue: This session will explore the underlying causes and costs of fatigue, review best practices in FRMS design, and illustrate why implementing and maintaining compliance to FRMS “Systems” will provide the next step change in HSEQ for industries as diverse as oil and gas, mining, manufacturing, pipelines, and transportation. (Instructor: Bill Sirois) (Read course description here.)

Understanding and Stopping Human Error:  This course is built around the goal of helping us better understand human errors (analysis, prediction and categorization) and why we make them. (Instructors: Mark Paradies and Joel Haight) (Read course description here.)

Creative Corrective Actions:  This popular interactive and practical workshop will provide participants with a process and tools to uncover innovative and creative solutions and discover opportunities that will lead to breakthrough thinking.  (Instructor: Michele Lindsay)  (Read course description here.)

Root Cause Analysis for Sentinel Events and Healthcare Quality Improvement:  Come learn the TapRooT® process with other healthcare professionals and understand why the TJC recognizes our terminology and understands the quality of what TapRooT® provides in healthcare.  (Instructor: Ed Skompski) (Read course descriptions here.)

LEARN MORE about the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit!

NEW Root Cause Analysis for Sentinel Events & Healthcare Quality Improvement

March 11th, 2015 by

Come learn the TapRooT® process with other healthcare professionals and understand why the TJC recognizes our terminology and understands the quality of what TapRooT® provides in healthcare. Ed Skompski will lead this 2-day course offered June 1 and 2, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada — right before the 3-day Global TapRooT® Summit.

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System Improvements

This course provides the basic building blocks of performing both a reactive TapRooT® investigation as well as the use of the TapRooT® tools for Proactive analyses.

With clinical examples and healthcare experts teaching, this learning experience will provide you with the best RCA tools on the market and the knowledge to use them. Tools include:

  • SnapCharT® for organizing and understanding the data you collect;
  • Root Cause Tree® and Dictionary for finding consistent, real root causes that you can communicate to your organization; and
  • Corrective Action Helper® and SMARTER tools to help you define detailed, measurable corrective actions to prevent future events.

All of this adds up to a great training session that you will find to be not only valuable but also practical and useable.

REGISTER for this course and the Improving Healthcare Quality & Patient Safety track at the Summit:

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

REGISTER for this course alone: http://www.taproot.com/store/2-Day-RCA-Sentinel-Events-1506LASV01.html

LEARN MORE about the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit: http://www.taproot.com/taproot-summit

2015 Global TapRooT® Summit After Hours: The Mob Museum

March 10th, 2015 by

Have you registered for the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit, June 1 – 5, 2015 in Las Vegas Nevada? This column is to help you plan for some fun things to do after hours.

Las Vegas is known for many things such as neon lights, great shows and of course casinos. I wanted to take a step away from the hustle and bustle of the strip and I was told by a local individual that I should check out the Mob Museum. I’ll admit, I’ve never been a big fan of mob movies, but that suggestion piqued my interest and I thought I’d check it out and it was worth the short taxi ride away from the Vegas strip.

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The building housing the Mob Museum was completed in 1933 and originally was the site of the new Las Vegas Post Office and Federal Courthouse. It is considered a historically significant building and is included on both the Nevada and National Registers of Historical Places. As I walked into the building, there was something about it that felt special. The museum is spread over three floors and includes the actual courtroom where the seventh hearing of the U.S. Senate Special Committee to Investigate Organized Crime in Interstate Commerce, was held on November 15, 1950. Along with information regarding these historic hearings, you will find history about many notorious criminals including Al Capone and Charles “Lucky” Luciano. One artifact I particularly enjoyed seeing was the wall from the St. Valentine’s Day massacre where five members of the North Side Gang were shot and killed. The event itself, is sad, but I appreciated seeing a piece of mob history in person.

Exhibits in the museum include a mock lineup room where you can have your picture taken holding up an identification placard, a case containing various types of mob weapons and the actual chair where a mob member was sitting when he was killed. Most information is posted using cards on the wall as you would expect, but there are also several interactive displays as well including a replica Tommy gun simulating the kick you feel when shooting the gun. Come wearing comfortable shoes as you will be standing and walking a good amount traversing the museum.

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The museum also includes numerous short video presentations giving you deeper insight to the history of the mob and those that worked to stop the violence across the country. Each video is only a few minutes long, but they give you a quick respite from reading all the placards detailing various aspects of mob history. One video I really enjoyed detailed the process to become a member of a mob family. I didn’t realize all that was required to become a member.

As I was walking through the museum, I came to sign indicating graphic material ahead. Continuing on, I found this section contained actual crime scene photographs. Even though the images were in black and white, I found the brutality of the crimes amazing and disturbing at the same time. It appears at times, it wasn’t enough to kill the person with a single bullet, but rather multiple bullets. Should the attacker get close enough, the killings would be extremely brutal with multiple stab wounds and deep lacerations all over the body.

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The Mob Museum may not be right on the strip, but it’s well worth the 15 minute taxi ride to see a piece of American history and one aspect that helped Las Vegas become the city it is today.  The Mob Museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and tickets can be purchased here.

And if you haven’t registered to the Summit yet, go here.

 

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!

 

Upcoming Course in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

March 5th, 2015 by

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Mark your calendars for our 2-Day Incident Investigation and Root Cause Analysis Training Public Course in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada April 8-9. TapRooT® courses are a great opportunity to learn root cause analysis skills and work on your investigations. Halifax is a great place to join us! This global city has an impressive economic center, voted second on the list for “Large Cities of the Future” and is home to many of Canada’s major resource industries. Halifax is a powerhouse and will be a great host to TapRooT®, don’t miss it!

Food: 

Stories Casual Fine Dining: Come taste and learn the story behind every flavor of their unique dishes.

2 Doors Down: Fun and exciting describe both their atmosphere and menu. Give it a try!

The Bicycle Thief: Authentic Italian cuisine and wine with a rich historical background. A must visit.

Attractions: 

Halifax Citadel: This National Historic Site is one of the top ranked tourist attractions for Halifax.

Great Escapes Wine Tours: Love wine? Love wine tasting? Take a tour through some of the best.

Local Food Tasting Tour: If you enjoy trying new foods and expanding your palette, take one of these food tours to try all Halifax has to offer.

 

Ready to REGISTER? Click here!

SAVE THE DATE for our annual Global TapRooT® Summit this June 1-5. Click here for more information and registration.

2015 Global TapRooT® Summit After Hours: Las Vegas Fashion Show Mall

March 3rd, 2015 by

Who doesn’t love a huge mall with 250 stores, fashion shows and tons of food and dining options?  The Fashion Show Mall has it all and it’s all within walking distance from the Flamingo Hotel Las Vegas Hotel where the Global TapRooT® Summit is being held June 1 – 5, 2015. Just another reason you can’t miss this year’s Summit!

The variety of stores from Louis Vuitton to American Eagle to BareMinerals to Nordstrom allows it to cater to anyone who loves to shop.  The unique fashion shows put on most weekends are one of the many events they host, as well.

Here are some favorites from our recent site visit.

BOOT STAR

Being from Tennessee, we thought we had some pretty great boot shops in Nashville, but we have to say Boot Star at the Fashion Mall made us feel like we were back home.

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These boots are an awesome find!

TOMMY BAHAMA

We are taking the TapRooT® reception back to Margaritaville in June! If you don’t have anything to wear with that island feel, run down to Tommy Bahama and come to the reception in style!

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Get ready for Margaritaville!

THE LEGO STORE

Have a child, grandchild, niece or nephew back home? Don’t get them a cheesy Las Vegas t-shirt — bring back something from the awesome stock at the Lego Store and you will surely be their favorite relative!

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Bring Back a Cool Gift for Your Favorite Kid!

REGISTER NOW for the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit.

LEARN MORE on the Summit website.

 

Upcoming Risk Management Course Houston, Calgary, Las Vegas

March 2nd, 2015 by

Australian risk management expert and TapRooT® Instructor, Jim Whiting, (member of the committee that wrote the international risk management standard ISO 31000 and now the USA Standard ANSI Z690 and CAN/CSA/ISO 31000 ), has enhanced the Risk Management Best Practices course for 2015. He is offering this exclusive course three times in 2015 – don’t miss out!

Jim brings his risk management and root cause analysis experience and best practices from around the world (Australia/New Zealand, North America, Asia, Africa, and Europe) to this course.

If you are interested in improving the efficiency of your improvement efforts by getting the most out of your use of risk management and root cause analysis techniques, join us for this course.

Get the Course Outline: http://www.taproot.com/taproot-summit/pre-summit-courses#RiskManagementBestPractices

Upcoming Courses:

Houston, Texas – May 20

Calgary, Canada – May 27

Las Vegas, Nevada (Summit Week) – June 1

Email Jim at jim@workplaces.com.au for testimonials & more information.

LIVE from Las Vegas: 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit Update!

February 25th, 2015 by

It’s a wrap everyone! We are going back to the office tomorrow to sift through volumes of information we’ve gathered to make this Summit the best experience ever for you. But we can’t do that if you aren’t here! So send in your registration and look forward to lots of upcoming news including info about our speakers, sessions, reception, places to eat and things to do after-hours!

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Register for the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit!

Learn more at: http://www.taproot.com/taproot-summit

LIVE from Las Vegas! An Exciting New Benefit of Booking at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel for the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit!

February 24th, 2015 by

We’ve been busy today getting as much info as we can to share with you about the upcoming Global TapRooT® Summit, June 1 – 5, 2015. But as promised yesterday, I wanted to tell you about an exciting new feature right here at The Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel that was not here the last time we held our Summit here:

The LINQ Promenade

The Flamingo Hotel is one of only two hotels where you can walk right out the doors and right onto the LINQ Promenade.  Formerly the “dead space” between the Flamingo and Imperial Palace, the LINQ has totally revitalized the area, offering everything you could want in a Las Vegas experience within steps from your Summit hotel! Dining, shopping, entertainment – it’s like one large block party with something for every personality. Check out The Flamingo Hotel’s perfect access to the LINQ in the video we shot this morning:

The main attraction is the 550 feet tall High Roller (the world’s LARGEST observation wheel).  While many are drawn to the LINQ for that attraction, it’s all of the other amazing attractions that make them stay the entire night right on the LINQ Promenade.

The High Roller

The High Roller

The Kitson sells trendy clothes, pop culture books, souvenirs, and other novelty items. Check out the Polaroid Fotobar while you are there and print out pictures from your phone that look like old Polaroid photos, and then buy a shadowbox to display them in to remember your visit here.

Want to try an interesting adult beverage? The Purple Zebra has lots of fun, colorful cups to choose from and just as many colorful flavors.  Think adult “Slurpee” — and bring your cup back for a discount on your next refreshment.

Like recreation that doesn’t necessarily involve slot machines and alcohol? Get a group together to play at Brooklyn Bowl, and then enjoy a dessert after at Ghirardelli or Sprinkles.

I’m writing this on the fly today but I’ll be revisiting the LINQ Promenade as we move toward the Summit because there is ALOT to share about this amazing venue.

DON’T FORGET to book in the TapRooT® Room Block at the Flamingo Las Vegas today!

2015 Global TapRooT® Summit After Hours: A Free Show in Vegas Worth Attending

February 24th, 2015 by

This June, the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit will be held in Las Vegas. As you can imagine in a city like Vegas, there’s all kinds of hype and pull for you to go to one show or another after hours. A “free” show in Vegas worth attending after a long day of work is the Bellagio fountains.

A short walk from the Summit host hotel, the Bellagio fountains features an 8.5-acre lake which explodes with 1,214 spritzers shotting water 460 feet in the air. The water is choreographed to music which sounds cheesy, but compared to a lot of things you may see around Vegas, this show is quite classy and relaxing to view.

Showtimes are every one-half hour, 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., so you can easily take in a show after a busy day at the Summit.  To learn more visit:

https://www.bellagio.com/attractions/fountains-of-bellagio.aspx

When you travel to the Summit, there are lots of places for you to explore. Here are a couple of other fun things we recently highlighted that you may consider for after-hours fun:

Exotic Racing: Ever dream about driving a Ferrari or Lamborghini?  Well, now you can!

Million Dollar Quartet: A Tony® Award Winning musical!

And register for the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit, June 1 – 5, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada:  http://www.taproot.com/taproot-summit/register-for-summit

For more info visit the Summit website:  http://www.taproot.com/taproot-summit

LIVE from Last Vegas! News About the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit Hotel

February 23rd, 2015 by

We were excited to talk to the folks at The Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel and find out so many people are already booking in the TapRooT® room block for the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit.

Have you booked your room? Don’t wait too long and lose your chance!

My room is super comfy! Here is one photo with more info to come during our site visit this week.

Nice View of Caesar's Palace!

Great View of Caesar’s Palace!

Did you know when you book a room in the TapRooT® block for just $129/night you are not only enjoying the convenience of having a room in the same hotel that the Summit and Pre-Summit are being held, but you are also centrally located on the Las Vegas Strip to enjoy lots of after-hours fun? (We are working on a post about a very EXCITING NEW FEATURE that was not here the last time we held our Summit here.  You’re gonna LOVE it!)

Also, you get 50% off of Internet fees for three devices in our room block, and will not be charged resort fees that are a very common charge at most Las Vegas hotels. So if you think you might be getting a better deal elsewhere, be sure to ask the hotel what they add on for resort fees.

I don’t know about you, but I love the convenience of running up to my room to catch up on emails and make phone calls during breaks or freshen up for dinner.  Not to mention, in Vegas, you want to maximize your morning sleep-in time, and don’t want to spend those precious minutes commuting to the conference hotel.

BOOK YOUR ROOM in the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit room block today!

2015 Global TapRooT® Summit After Hours: Reporting LIVE from Las Vegas! Visit Capo’s Speakeasy!

February 23rd, 2015 by

Our team has landed in Las Vegas with a big list to check off to make your trip to the Global TapRooT® Summit in June the best ever! So keep an eye on the blog as we report LIVE over the next couple of days.

We’ve been featuring awesome spots to visit after hours recommended by our TapRooT® Friends & Experts, like:

Million Dollar Quartet and Exotics Racing

but what do the Las Vegas locals love? Well I’ve only been off the plane for an hour, and I’ve got a great tip for you from the first local I met:

Capo’s Speakeasy / Steakhouse

Do you love independently-owned restaurants? Capo’s mob-style restaurant has a cool speakeasy vibe and live nightly entertainment!

Nico Santucci grew up with his family’s Italian restaurants in Chicago, and brought the best of what he learned to Vegas!

Try Al Capone’s family secret sauces and their “made-man” pastas.  And they are known as having the best meatballs on earth!

“Takes you back to the old country,” said our local source.

Learn the latest that’s happening at Capo’s on their blog:  http://www.caposrestaurant.blogspot.com/

2015 Global TapRooT Summit After Hours: Million Dollar Quartet

February 17th, 2015 by

There’s so much to see and do in Las Vegas!  We asked the TapRooT® Friends & Experts about their favorites, and we will share them with you here every Tuesday until the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit week begins (June 1, 2015). Make plans to come the weekend before the Summit or stay the weekend after and enjoy this amazing city.  Don’t be that guy (or gal) that goes to work in a different city (or country) and never sees the outside of the conference hotel.  Life is short, and this year will be half over by the time the Summit begins!

Last week we shared entertainment for the brave at heart, Exotics Racing. This week’s entertainment will appeal to those who like to kick back and take in a show after a busy day of learning.

Million Dollar Quartet

Do you like hits like “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “Walk the Line,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” and “Hound Dog”?  Then you will love  the Tony® Award Winning musical, Million Dollar Quartet at Harrah’s Las Vegas.  The show is set on December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together. It is an irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal and celebrations that is both poignant and funny.  Relive the era with the smash-hits, performed live onstage by world-class actors and musicians.

AND REGISTER for for the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit, June 1 – 5, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada:  http://www.taproot.com/taproot-summit/register-for-summit

FOR MORE INFO visit the Summit website:  http://www.taproot.com/taproot-summit

 

Pre-Summit Course: Special 2-Day Equifactor® Equipment Troubleshooting and Root Cause Analysis

February 11th, 2015 by

Want to know how to save over half the price of attending the 3-Day TapRooT®/Equifactor® Equipment Troubleshooting & Root Cause Failure Analysis Course PLUS save one day’s living expenses?

Go to the Special 2-Day Equifactor® Equipment Troubleshooting and Root Cause Analysis Course!

We are offering a special 2-Day Equifactor®/TapRooT® course (only offered one time this year!) as a pre-Summit course June 1 and 2, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This pre-Summit course is only $1,295, but if you register for the TapRooT® Summit June 3 – 5, you can take an additional $200 off the price, making it only $1,095 – less than half of the normal price of the 3-day course!  Plus, since it is taught in just two days, you will save one day’s travel expenses!

This is a perfect opportunity for those who are planning to be part of the Equipment Reliability & Maintenance track at the Summit — where Heinz Bloch and our panel of experts will be offering innovative solutions to the biggest equipment reliability problems facing the industry today. Take this pre-Summit course, and then join the ranks of a select group of industry leaders at the Summit!

This course is taught by Equifactor® Program Manager, Ken Reed. Below, he gives us a brief overview of Equifactor® and talks about how to use this tool proactively.

In just two days learn the basics of the TapRooT® System for finding the root causes AND the Equifactor® Equipment Troubleshooting Technique for Root Cause Failure Analysis of Equipment Problems. Once you find the real root causes using this systematic process, learn to develop effective fixes that will keep problems from happening again. Check your corrective action effectiveness using the SMARTER technique. Also, learn to find and fix equipment problems proactively BEFORE an accident or incident occurs and to analyze the Safeguards that keep problems from happening or from getting worse once a single Safeguard fails.

LEARN MORE about this special course:  http://www.taproot.com/taproot-summit/pre-summit-courses#Equifactor

REGISTER TODAY on our website: http://www.taproot.com/taproot-summit/register-for-summit

FOR MORE INFORMATION about the 2015 TapRooT® Summit, download a brochure from the Summit Website: http://www.taproot.com/summit.php

2015 Global TapRooT® Summit After Hours: Exotics Racing

February 10th, 2015 by

When you travel from another city (or country!) to attend the Global  TapRooT® Summit, why not plan some time for fun too? This year the Summit will be held in the Entertainment  Capital of the World!  The Summit has historically been held in awesome locations, so many of our frequent attendees make plans to come the weekend before or stay the weekend after to fully take advantage of the opportunity to explore someplace new.  This is a new Tuesday column to highlight some favorite Las Vegas entertainment venues recommended by our TapRooT® Friends & Experts.

Exotics Racing

No experience required, except maybe a few laps that you’ve taken in your daydreams!

Ever dream about driving a Ferrari or Lamborghini?  Well, now you can!  Exotics Racing has a fleet of amazing cars for you to choose from.  They provide everything that you need including an exotic car, track, professional racing instruction, insurance … even helmets.  No security deposit required!

Located approximately twenty minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, Exotics Racing’s private 1.2 mile track includes eleven turns and a 1,800-foot straight.  Imagine yourself cruising around that track — it will be a memory of a lifetime.  Following your dreams will help you to take risks and step outside of your comfort zone.

Learn more on Exotics’ Racing’s website:  http://www.exoticsracing.com/

And register for the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit, June 1 – 5, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada:  http://www.taproot.com/taproot-summit/register-for-summit

For more info visit the Summit website:  http://www.taproot.com/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

Early Bird Registration Deadline is February 28

February 2nd, 2015 by

early birdWe are giving away an iPad Mini to the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit early bird prize drawing winner, and you still have a chance to get a ticket in the drawing.

You will receive one ticket in the drawing if you submit your paid registration before the end of February.

The early registration drawing will be held at the Kickoff Session, Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. at The Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel (You must be present to win!). This drawing is in addition to the other prize giveaways we have planned for the 2015 Summit.

If you are planning to register for the Summit, don’t delay!

REGISTER NOW for the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit!

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