Category: Video

Auditing: A better way to approach investigations on problems and losses

May 10th, 2018 by

This Wednesday, for our Facebook Live discussion, TapRooT® professionals Benna Dortch and Dave Janney tackled why companies are not proactive in addressing and solving recurring problems and the key differences between incident investigation root cause analysis and the root cause analysis of audit findings. Within this conversation, we touched on inadequate or ineffective audits and why it is those fall short of yielding improvements.

Dave’s book, TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis for Audits and Proactive Performance Improvement, is part of the TapRooT® for Audits set that fleshes out the topic of audits into seven steps. Feel free to order the set and call on us for further discussion or a training course.

Watch the discussion via Vimeo

Why are Auditing and Proactive Improvement so important? from TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis on Vimeo.

Tune in for our Wednesday Facebook Live next week. We look forward to being with you on Wednesdays! Here’s how to connect with us for next week’s Facebook Live:

Where? https://www.facebook.com/RCATapRooT/

When?  Wednesday, May 16

What Time? Noon Eastern | 11:00 a.m. Central | 10:00 a.m. Mountain | 9:00 a.m. Pacific

 

See you today on Facebook Live!

May 9th, 2018 by

Ben Franklin said it best, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” How can being proactive turn your organization around? A root cause audit can address many problems and losses that persistently plague companies. Join today’s Facebook Live discussion between TapRooT® professionals Benna Dortch and Dave Janney as they evaluate audits and proactive improvements and how they figure in your organizational planning.

We look forward to being with you on Wednesdays! Here’s how to connect with us for tomorrow’s Facebook Live:

Where? https://www.facebook.com/RCATapRooT/

When? Today, Wednesday, May 9

What Time? Noon Eastern | 11:00 a.m. Central | 10:00 a.m. Mountain | 9:00 a.m. Pacific

Newest Aircraft Carrier Breaks Down During Sea Trials

May 8th, 2018 by

USS Ford underway for sea trials …

An article in Popular Mechanics said the the USS Ford had to return early from sea trials because of an overheating thrust bearing on one of the four main engines. Bloomberg reported that:

“inspection of the parts involved in the January 2018 incident revealed improperly machined gears at GE’s facility in Lynn, Massachusetts as the ‘root cause.'”

Is “improperly machined gears” a root cause? That would be a Causal Factor and the start of a root cause analysis in the TapRooT® System. And why wasn’t the “improper” machining detected prior to installation and sea trials?

Here is some footage of sea trials (including a brief glimpse of one main shaft turning).

Join TapRooT®’s Facebook Live tomorrow

May 8th, 2018 by

We cannot overstate Ben Franklin’s sage advice in his safety axiom, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Many problems and losses that persistently plague companies can be best addressed by proactively performing a root cause audit. Join the discussion between TapRooT® professionals Benna Dortch and Dave Janney as they evaluate audits and proactive improvements and how they figure in your organizational planning.

We look forward to being with you on Wednesdays! Here’s how to connect with us for tomorrow’s Facebook Live:

Where? https://www.facebook.com/RCATapRooT/

When? Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 9

What Time? Noon Eastern | 11:00 a.m. Central | 10:00 a.m. Mountain | 9:00 a.m. Pacific

Last week, Michelle Wishoun and Benna Dortch discussed how to efficiently navigate our TapRooT® blog and the significantly positive impact it can have on your professional career. Connect to this important discussion via our Vimeo.

TapRooT® TV – How To Find Content on our Blog and How to Arrange TapRooT® Training from TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis on Vimeo.

View the discussion on video as well:

Do your own investigation into our courses and discover what TapRooT® can do for you; contact us or call us: 865.539.2139.

Save the date for our upcoming 2019 Global TapRooT® Summit, March 11-15, 2019, in the Houston, Texas, area at La Torretta Lake Resort.

 

Cyber Attack Root Cause Analysis

May 4th, 2018 by

(if you can’t see the video, here’s a link)

Yes .. It happened right here in Knoxville! A cyber attack on the county computer system on election night!

What is the root cause? The county is having an outside contractor look into it.

Can you use the TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis System to do a root cause analysis of a cyber security attack. Yes! People have been doing it for decades.

Tips, Tricks, & Tools: Discover how TapRooT®’s blog can help you

May 2nd, 2018 by

Tune into TapRooT®’s Facebook Live today. Join TapRooT® professionals Benna Dortch and Michelle Wishoun as they discuss the TapRooT® blog and how its contents can make a significant difference in your professional life. Among blog features to be discussed are:

  • TapRooT® Training Courses are designed to further your professional development. TapRooT® is the best method for performing investigations and doing root cause analysis. Our courses are scheduled across diverse global locations, or we can come to your facility. Take advantage of city-specific Local Attraction blogs paired with TapRooT® Pinterest boards to help you explore your host location
  • Technically Speaking is a weekly series highlighting various aspects of the TapRooT® VI software and occasionally includes a little Help Desk humor

TapRooT®’s blog also brings you wisdom, testimonials, Friday humor, insights into what a bad day is all about, and how far away death may be. Through our Accident blog posts, we delve into a current incident or a near-miss. Browse our Root Cause Analysis blog to pick out your favorite posts.

We look forward to being with you on Wednesdays! Here’s how to connect with us for today’s Facebook Live:

Where? https://www.facebook.com/RCATapRooT/

When? Today, Wednesday, May 2

What Time? Noon Eastern | 11:00 a.m. Central | 10:00 a.m. Mountain | 9:00 a.m. Pacific

If you missed last week’s Facebook Live session with TapRooT®’s Benna Dortch and Barb Carr as they discussed the benefits of hands-on learning, catch up on the discussion via the Vimeo below. Feel free to comment or ask questions on our Facebook page.

TapRooT® TV – Benefits of Hands On Learning from TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis on Vimeo.

NOTE: Remember to save the date for the 2019 Global TapRooT® Summit: March 11-15, in the Houston, TX area (La Torretta Lake Resort)!

How to Keep Your Investigators Proficient

April 26th, 2018 by

Why work harder when you can work smarter? Ken and Benna discuss great ideas about keeping your investigation team sharp. It’s easier than you think with a few simple guidelines.

Lunch & Learn: Meet TapRooT® at noon EST on Facebook Live!

April 18th, 2018 by

Tune into TapRooT®’s Facebook Live today. You’ll join TapRooT® professionals as we explore a contemporary, workplace-relevant topic. We look forward to being with you on Wednesdays!

Here’s how to connect with us for today’s Facebook Live:

Where? https://www.facebook.com/RCATapRooT/

When? Today, Wednesday, April 18

What Time? Noon Eastern | 11:00 a.m. Central | 10:00 a.m. Mountain | 9:00 a.m. Pacific

If you missed last week’s Facebook Live session with TapRooT® co-founder Mark Paradies and Barb Carr, editorial director at TapRooT®, as they discussed methodologies for root cause analysis in incident investigation, you can catch up on the discussion via the Vimeo below. You may want to peruse Mark’s article, Scientific Method and Root Cause Analysis, to supplement this significant learning experience. Feel free to comment or ask questions on our Facebook page.

The Scientific Method In Relation To Root Cause Analysis from TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis on Vimeo

NOTE: Remember to save the date for the 2019 Global TapRooT® Summit: March 11-15, in the Houston, TX area (La Torretta Lake Resort)!

You’re invited to Facebook Live for Wednesday lunch

April 16th, 2018 by

We invite you to tune into TapRooT®’s Facebook Live every Wednesday. You’ll be joining TapRooT® professionals as we bring you a contemporary, workplace-relevant topic. Put a reminder on your calendar, in your phone, or stick a post-it on your forehead to watch TapRooT®’s Facebook Live this week for another terrific discussion and for news you can use. We look forward to being with you on Wednesdays!

Here’s how to connect with us for Wednesday’s Facebook Live:

Where? https://www.facebook.com/RCATapRooT/

When? Wednesday, April 18, 2018

What Time? Noon Eastern | 11:00 a.m. Central | 10:00 a.m. Mountain | 9:00 a.m. Pacific

If you missed last week’s Facebook Live session with TapRooT® co-founder Mark Paradies and Barb Carr, editorial director at TapRooT®, as they discussed methodologies for root cause analysis in incident investigation, you can catch up on the discussion via the Vimeo below. You may want to peruse Mark’s article, Scientific Method and Root Cause Analysis, to supplement this significant learning experience. Feel free to comment or ask questions on our Facebook page.

The Scientific Method In Relation To Root Cause Analysis from TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis on Vimeo

NOTE: Be sure to save the date for the 2019 Global TapRooT® Summit: March 11-15, in the Houston, TX area (La Torretta Lake Resort)!

The Scientific Method In Relation To Root Cause Analysis

April 13th, 2018 by

Did you miss last week’s Facebook Live session with TapRooT® co-founder Mark Paradies and Barb Carr, editorial director at TapRooT®, as they discussed methodologies for root cause analysis in incident investigation? Here’s an opportunity to catch up on the discussion, as Mark and Barb distill the disciplines and factors that historically have been involved in solving complex problems. Also, peruse Mark’s article, Scientific Method and Root Cause Analysis, to supplement this significant learning experience. Feel free to comment or ask questions on our Facebook page.

The Scientific Method In Relation To Root Cause Analysis from TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis on Vimeo

Tune into TapRooT®’s Facebook Live every Wednesday. You’ll be joining TapRooT® professionals as we bring you a workplace-relevant topic. Put a reminder on your calendar or in your phone to watch TapRooT®’s Facebook Live this week for another terrific discussion and for news you can use. We look forward to being with you on Wednesdays!

Here’s the info you need to connect with us for our next Facebook Live:

Where? https://www.facebook.com/RCATapRooT/

When? Wednesday, April 18, 2018

What Time? Noon Eastern | 11:00 a.m. Central | 10:00 a.m. Mountain | 9:00 a.m. Pacific

NOTE: Save the date for 2019 Global TapRooT® Summit: March 11-15, in the Houston, TX area (La Torretta Lake Resort)!

Tune in today: Is the scientific method best for root cause analysis?

April 11th, 2018 by

Scribble yourself a note to clear your calendar at lunchtime today. You don’t want to miss TapRooT® co-founder Mark Paradies and Barb Carr, editorial director at TapRooT®, as they discuss methodologies for root cause analysis in incident investigation. You may hear some namedropping, such as “Albert Einstein” and “Isaac Newton,” as Mark and Barb distill the disciplines and factors that historically have been involved in solving complex problems. Take time to peruse Mark’s article, Scientific Method and Root Cause Analysis, to supplement this significant learning experience. Feel free to comment or ask questions on our Facebook page.

Here’s the info you need to connect with us today:

Where? https://www.facebook.com/RCATapRooT/

When? Today! April 11, 2018

What Time? Noon Eastern | 11:00 a.m. Central | 10:00 a.m. Mountain | 9:00 a.m. Pacific

In last week’s Facebook Live session, we delved into the timely topic of autonomous vehicles. Join the conversation below with Ken Reed and Benna Dortch as they discuss safety and other factors surrounding these vehicles. After listening to Ken and Benna, post your comments here. As always, we look forward to chatting with you!

Be sure to tune into TapRooT®’s Facebook Live every week. You’ll be joining TapRooT® professionals as we bring you a workplace-relevant topic. Put a reminder on your calendar or in your phone to watch TapRooT®’s Facebook Live next week for another terrific discussion and for news you can use.

NOTE: Save the date for 2019 Global TapRooT® Summit: March 11-15, in the Houston, TX area (La Torretta Lake Resort)!

Wednesdays & TapRooT® Topics: How safe is safe enough? Are you ready for autonomous vehicles?

April 9th, 2018 by

When we delve into the timely topic of autonomous vehicles, we encounter myriad discussion points. Join the conversation with Ken Reed and Benna Dortch as they discuss the safety factors involved with autonomous vehicles. After listening to Ken and Benna, post your comments here. We look forward to chatting with you!

Be sure to tune into TapRooT®’s Facebook Live every week. You’ll be joining TapRooT® professionals as they bring you a workplace-relevant topic with takeaways.

Where? https://www.facebook.com/RCATapRooT/

When? Every Wednesday (The next one is April 11, 2018.)

What Time? Noon Eastern | 11:00 a.m. Central | 10:00 a.m. Mountain | 9:00 a.m. Pacific

If you missed the recent FB Live session, featuring Benna Dortch and Barb Carr discussing Effective Listening Skills Inventory for Investigative Interviews, be sure to tune into this one to incorporate great takeaways. Put a reminder on your calendar or in your phone to watch TapRooT®’s Facebook Live next week for another terrific discussion and for news you can use.

NOTE: Save the date for 2019 Global TapRooT® Summit: March 11-15, in Houston, TX (La Torretta Lake Resort)!

The multilayers of human and safety factors in autonomous vehicles

April 4th, 2018 by

Did you miss our Wednesday lunchtime Facebook Live with Ken Reed and Benna Dortch today? No worries! Catch up here with an absorbing discussion about autonomous vehicles, safety factors, human performance, and more.

In tandem with the Facebook Live discussion, take a look at Ken Reed’s insightful article, How Safe Must Autonomous Vehicles Be? Feel free to make a point or ask a question about this topic on our Facebook page.

If you missed last week’s FB Live session, featuring Benna Dortch and Barb Carr discussing Effective Listening Skills Inventory for Investigative Interviews, be sure to tune in to incorporate news you can immediately use.

Plan ahead for next week’s Wednesday lunch with FB Live. Put a reminder on your calendar, in your phone, or a post-it on your forehead to tune in for TapRooT®’s FB Live. Dig in with us as we explore a workplace-relevant topic with takeaways.

Here’s the scoop for tuning in:

Where? https://www.facebook.com/RCATapRooT/

When? Wednesday, April 11

What Time? Noon Eastern | 11:00 a.m. Central | 10:00 a.m. Mountain | 9:00 a.m. Pacific

NOTE: Save the date for 2019 Global TapRooT® Summit: March 11-15, in Houston, TX (La Torretta Lake Resort)!

Have Wednesday lunch with us! Watch Facebook Live at noon (EST)!

April 4th, 2018 by

Be sure to catch TapRooT®’s Facebook Live session today. You’ll be joining TapRooT®’s VP Ken Reed and Implementation Strategist Benna Dortch as they bring you a workplace-relevant topic with takeaways.

Where? https://www.facebook.com/RCATapRooT/

When? Today, Wednesday, April 4

What Time? Noon Eastern | 11:00 a.m. Central | 10:00 a.m. Mountain | 9:00 a.m. Pacific

If you missed last week’s FB Live session, featuring Benna Dortch and Barb Carr discussing Effective Listening Skills Inventory for Investigative Interviews, be sure to tune into this one to incorporate great takeaways. Put a reminder on your calendar or in your phone to watch TapRooT®’s Facebook Live next week for another terrific discussion and for news you can use.

NOTE: Save the date for 2019 Global TapRooT® Summit: March 11-15, in Houston, TX (La Torretta Lake Resort)!

Have Wednesday lunch with us: Watch Facebook Live today

March 28th, 2018 by

Be sure to catch TapRooT®’s Facebook Live session today. You’ll be joining TapRooT®’s VP Ken Reed and Implementation Strategist Benna Boring as they bring you a workplace-relevant topic with takeaways.

Where? https://www.facebook.com/RCATapRooT/

When? Today, Wednesday, March 28

What Time? Noon Eastern | 11:00 a.m. Central | 10:00 a.m. Mountain | 9:00 a.m. Pacific

If you missed last week’s FB Live session, featuring Benna Boring and Ken Reed discussing Staying Proficient, tune in to incorporate great takeaways. Be sure to watch TapRooT®’s Facebook Live next week for another terrific discussion and for news you can use.

NOTE: Save the date for 2019 Global TapRooT® Summit: March 11-15, in Houston, TX (La Torretta Lake Resort)!

Wednesday’s Watch: TapRooT® on Facebook Live (Noon, EST)

March 27th, 2018 by

Be sure to catch TapRooT®’s Facebook Live session tomorrow, Wednesday, March 28. Join TapRooT®’s VP Ken Reed and Implementation Strategist Benna Boring as they bring you a workplace-relevant topic with takeaways.

Where? https://www.facebook.com/RCATapRooT/

When? Wednesday, March 28

What Time? Noon Eastern | 11:00 a.m. Central | 10:00 a.m. Mountain | 9:00 a.m. Pacific

If you missed last week’s FB Live session, featuring Benna Boring and Ken Reed discussing Staying Proficient, tune in to incorporate great takeaways. Be sure to watch TapRooT®’s Facebook Live next week for another terrific discussion and for news you can use.

NOTE: Save the date for 2019 Global TapRooT® Summit: March 11-15, in Houston, TX (La Torretta Lake Resort)!

Watch Facebook Live Today! Next up: Staying Proficient

March 21st, 2018 by

Be sure to catch TapRooT®’s Facebook Live session today, Wednesday, March 21. Join TapRooT®’s VP Ken Reed and Implementation Strategist Benna Boring as they discuss Staying Proficient, an apt, applicable topic for every day. Think: You have to practice skills to get good at them AND to maintain your proficiency. Performing TapRooT® investigations are very similar. The techniques are not difficult; they can be used by pretty much anyone, once they’ve been trained.

Where? https://www.facebook.com/RCATapRooT/

When? Wednesday, March 21

What Time? Noon Eastern | 11:00 a.m. Central | 10:00 a.m. Mountain | 9:00 a.m. Pacific

If you missed last week’s FB Live session, featuring Benna Boring and Barb Carr discussing Building Rapport with Nonverbal Communication, tune in to incorporate great body language takeaways. Be sure to watch TapRooT®’s Facebook Live next week for another terrific discussion and for news you can use.

Highlights from the 2018 Global TapRooT® Summit

March 5th, 2018 by

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Coming up with a highlight reel from the 2018 Global TapRooT® Summit is almost impossible. I always think that the Summit just can’t get any better and then we outdo ourselves planning the next one. Here are some highlights followed by the top six items attendees shared that they needed to do better at their facilities.

First, a video to share the experience…

By the way, the next Global TapRooT® Summit is scheduled for March 11-15, 2019, in Houston (Montgomery, TX) at the La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa (picture below).

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Now for my impressions of the highlights …

First, the Keynote Speakers were outstanding.

We started with Dr. Carol Gunn who gave an inspiring talk about medical errors and how to encourage error reporting and effective investigations. Carol is a TapRooT® User and medical doctor … she knows what she is talking about.

Next, we had an UNBELIEVABLE talk by Boaz Rauchwerger who told us all to take a positive approach to improvement.

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The final keynote on Wednesday was Inky Johnson. How can I explain how he inspired us? There was a long line of people who just came up to thank Inky and get their picture taken with him. If you don’t know Inky’s story. watch it below for motivation to accomplish more in life.

 

After Inky’s keynote, Carl Dixon entertained us at the Summit Reception. Here I am singing Proud Mary with him…

 

On Thursday, I was the opening keynote and concluded with a TapRooT® Implementation Gap Analysis. People shared where they needed to improve their TapRooT® implementation. What were the top 6 items they needed to do better?

  1. Use advanced root cause analysis (TapRooT®) for both reactive and proactive investigations.
  2. Use an investigation rewards program more effectively.
  3. Guide their improvement programs through management’s use of performance measures and advanced trending techniques.
  4. Proactive improvement that drives improvement success (tie with 5).
  5. Develop a leadership succession plan.
  6. Communicate improvement accomplishments successfully.

These items will help us plan sessions for next year’s Summit.

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Vincent Phipps closed out the day with his discussion of the four personality types and how to use them to communicate more effectively.

On Friday we started with the session that helped attendees develop plans to fill their program gaps (started with the gap analysis performed on Thursday).

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Then, I (Mark Paradies) interviewed Mike Williams about his experiences when the Deepwater Horizon experienced a blowout, explosion(s), and fire. Wow! What an experience. People were sitting on the edge of their seats as Mike answered my questions and all the questions from the Summit participants. We actually ran over the finish time by 15 minutes as people asked interesting questions. The lessons learned from this one session about emergency response, investigations, and safety were … UNBELIEVABLE! I learned several things about the accident that I didn’t know from the various reports (CSB, Presidential Commission, BP, or Coast Guard) that added to my understanding of the Causal Factors and root causes. There was also an important lesson for investigators about empathy and PTSD after a major accident.

And that’s just a summary of the Keynote Speakers impact. There were also some great Best Practice Sharing sessions and speakers. My favorite was the TapRooT® Users Share Best Practices Session (soon, you will be seeing videos from this session to share some of the best practices).

Here are what some TapRooT® Users had to say about their 2018 Global TapRooT® Summit experience…

 

What a Summit! Hope to see you in Houston in 2019!

Deepwater Horizon … The Movie

February 20th, 2018 by

Last night, to prepare for the 2018 Global TapRooT® Summit, I watched the movie Deepwater Horizon.

I’m interviewing Mike Williams (who was played by Mark Wahlberg in the movie … see the trailer above).

I have a hard time watching the movie. The needless death of those men and the needless pain and suffering of the rest of the crew was totally avoidable.

What we do at System Improvements is to teach people to use TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis to find and fix the root causes of problems BEFORE major accidents happen. This could have been done BEFORE the Deepwater Horizon accident. I sometimes think that I didn’t do enough to get people who don’t use TapRooT® to fix problems and improve performance. If only I could have convinced BP and Transocean to use TapRooT®, maybe the accident would have been prevented.

That’s why we hold the TapRooT® Summit each year. It is one more way to get people fired up about performance improvement and stopping major accidents.

Hope to see you next week at the Summit and spend an hour talking to a survivor of the Deepwater Horizon accident.

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If you want to watch the movie before the Summit, you can download it at Amazon by CLICKING HERE.

Or you can read the Presidential Commission report, by clicking on this link: DEEPWATERPresidentCommission.

Ot read the Chemical Safety Board Executive Summary report: CSB BP Deepwater Horizon Exec Summary.

Top 3 Reasons Corrective Actions Fail & What to Do About It

February 15th, 2018 by

Ken Reed and Benna Dortch discuss the three top reasons corrective actions fail and how to overcome them. Don’t miss this informative video! It is a 15 minute investment of time that will change the way you think about implementing fixes and improve performance at your facility.

Carl Dixon returns to the 2018 Global TapRooT® Summit!

February 9th, 2018 by

Carl Dixon, who sang and played with Coney Hatch, April Wine, and The Guess Who, is back at the 2018 Global TapRooT® Summit as the entertainment for our reception. Don’t miss the great music and good times!

Here’s a video from back in the day – Carl and Coney Hatch …

and April Wine …

And here is Carl in 2010 with the Guess Who …

And finally CARL SINGING “No Sugar” with The Guess Who in 2016 …

Friday Joke: Safety Pizza Party

February 2nd, 2018 by

This reminds me of a cookout safety lunch celebration. Something in the food went bad and many got sick.

Carl Dixon at the 2018 Global TapRooT® Summit Reception

February 1st, 2018 by

You’ve heard rock star Carl Dixon talk at previous Summits about his comeback from a near-fatal car crash. Don’t miss him playing at the 2018 Global TapRooT® Summit!

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…

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