Root Cause Analysis Blog


Interesting Article: “Obama Torpedoes the Nuclear Navy”

Posted: May 27th, 2015 in Current Events, Performance Improvement

John Lehman, the youngest Secretary of the Navy who fired the oldest admiral ever, says that Obama’s decision to promote the head of the Nuclear Navy after just two years will put the best safety record in the world at risk. 

Here’s a link to the article:

What do you think?

Are You Ready to Meet Captain Phillips?

Posted: May 26th, 2015 in Video

Here are some clips to get you ready to meet the real Captain Phillips – the Keynote Speaker on Friday at the 2015 TapRooT® Summit …

Weekly Wisdom: What’s your excuse?

Posted: May 26th, 2015 in Wisdom Quote

no excuse“I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.” -Florence Nightingale


TapRooT® Public Course in Bogota, Colombia

Posted: May 26th, 2015 in Courses, Pictures

Pictures from a recent TapRooT® Public course in Bogota, Colombia.







Click here for more information on our Public Courses.

Click here to inquire about an Onsite Course for your company.


2015 Global TapRooT® Summit After Hours: Downtown Vegas!

Posted: May 25th, 2015 in Local Attractions, Summit

Are you getting packed for Vegas? Do you have one or two fun things on your list for after hours fun?

On our visit to downtown Vegas, we chatted with one of the locals who told us downtown is where it’s at!  It’s less expensive for a night out on the town, and in his opinion, more fun because it’s old-style Vegas glam!


Hugo’s Cellar at the Four Queens Hotel and Casino is known for classic Las Vegas dining.  Ladies will be greeted with a long stemmed rose.


Adventure seekers will love the thrill of ziplining through downtown.  Click this photo to view an exciting zipline video!


The Golden Nugget and Binion’s sit right across from each other! Binion’s penthouse restaurant offers breathtaking views; and The Golden Nugget was named “Best Downtown Hotel” in 2014!

Last but not least, The Gold Spike has a giant living room and backyard where there is a ton of fun to be had on a warm summer night!


The living room at the Gold Pike is equipped with games and comfy furniture (click to view another photo of the living room.


Judy and I played life-size chess in the backyard of The Gold Spike! Click this image to see the cornhole games and comfy seating!

We’ve listed some more ideas on our Hotel & Travel page (scroll down the page to view the list).

Still haven’t signed up?  We’ll take your registration for a few more days!  Go to this link now:

We are Grateful to Our Military

Posted: May 25th, 2015 in Uncategorized

Memorial Day

We just want to take a moment to honor those who have served, those who are active military, and the families of our military. Home of the free because of the brave. Thank you for your sacrifice.

Monday Accident & Lessons Learned: 1964 Army Aviation Accident Lessons Learned

Posted: May 25th, 2015 in Accidents, Investigations, Video

What can you learn from a 1964 video?

How they viewed human performance was certainly different.

What do we know that helps us do better today?

Could better root cause analysis have helped them then? After all, an engine failure in a helicopter is a serious accident to blame on the pilot.

TapRooT® Software Version 5 Root Cause Tree® and Corrective Action Helper® Update

Posted: May 21st, 2015 in Software Updates

On May 1st, 2015 we released an updated version of the Root Cause Tree® and Corrective Action Helper®. These updates are now available to be added in the software. Feel free to download this update at:

Why do you need advanced root cause analysis after an FDA audit?

Posted: May 21st, 2015 in Quality, Video

This article in the Houston Chronicle about and FDA audit and problems left unsolved at Blue Bell Ice Cream should convince people that thorough root cause analysis and implementation of effective corrective actions is needed to prevent business disasters.

Find out how TapRoot® can help you solve problems by reading this link:

TapRooT® Public Courses in Central & South America

Posted: May 21st, 2015 in Courses


Sao Paulo, Brazil

Upcoming TapRooT® Public Courses:

Central America: 

Monterrey, Mexico | 5-Day | June 8, 2015 (Language: Spanish)

South America: 

Sao Paulo, Brazil | 5-Day | June 22, 2015 (Language: Portuguese)

Bogota, Colombia |2-Day | June 24, 2015 (Language: Spanish)

Bogota, Colombia | 3-Day | June 24, 2015 (Language: English)

Sao Paulo, Brazil |2-Day | July 16, 2015 (Language: Portuguese)

Summit Attendees: Must Know Information Before You Arrive in Vegas!

Posted: May 21st, 2015 in Summit

Performance Improvement

When you attend the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit, there is information you must know before you travel to Las Vegas.

1. PREPARATION: Review your current performance improvement program and find gaps that you would like to improve in the next 12 months. There is a diagram of improvement program elements above to get you thinking about your plan and potential gaps. Also, read Chapter 6 of your black TapRooT® Book. Hopefully, the sessions you chose to attend will help you learn valuable information that will take your improvement efforts to the next level.

2. NETWORK: Come prepared to network. BRING BUSINESS CARDS

3. DRESS: Pack the right cloths. Dress will be business casual for attendees and business for speakers. Also, if you are often cold, bring a light jacket or sweater. Hotel conference facilities are usually kept cool to keep attendees awake!

4. FOOD: Breakfast and lunch are supplied at the Summit and at the pre-Summit courses. There will also be food and drink at the Wednesday night reception.

5. RECEPTION: Plan to attend the Wednesday night TapRooT® Summit Reception at Margaritaville. There will be live music, food, and drinks. It is a great place to meet and make friends. Your spouse is invited too.

6. BE ON TIME: Don’t miss the OPENING WELCOME at 8 AM on Wednesday. You will have three people looking to meet you during THE NAME GAME and a reward for completing the game. Also, you will get a ticket for a prize drawing whenever you are on time for a session.

7. CONSIDER BRINGING A LAPTOP: Some sessions have exercises that may require a laptop or tablet. Also, you will be able to log into the new software at the Thursday morning breakfast.

8. KNOW ANYONE WHO SHOULD ATTEND? There’s barely enough time to register but if someone really needs to improve their improvement efforts, they should attend the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit. Recommend it to them and send them this link for more information:

9. BREAKFAST ACTIVITIES: Breakfast on Thursday and Friday is from 8 to 9. On Thursday, the breakfast activity will be a Version 6 TapRooT® Software trial. If you want to learn more about the TapRooT® Software, come to breakfast at 8 AM. On Friday, there will be breakfast table discussions about a variety of topics. Arrive at 8 AM to pick your table/topic and participate in the discussion/networking event.

10. DON’T LEAVE EARLY! Friday is an important day at the Summit. The Gap Analysis Session will help you design the improvement to your improvement program in 2015/2016. And the final speaker is Captain Richard Phillips. (The real guy, not the movie actor who played him in the hit movie.) Don’t schedule your flight until the afternoon. Or stay until Saturday and have time to meet and talk with Captain Phillips after his presentation.

11. QUESTIONS? Drop us a note at

Thanks for reading these brief instructions. Look for more details in the meeting instructions you will get from our meeting planner.

Looking forward to seeing you at the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit …

Do You Have the Newest Editions of the TapRooT® Root Cause Dictionary, Root Cause Tree and Corrective Action Helper?

Posted: May 20th, 2015 in Courses, TapRooT, Training

2015 DuoCahA new revision of the TapRooT® Root Cause Dictionary, TapRooT® Root Cause Tree, and TapRooT® Corrective Action Helper Guide was released on May 1, 2015.  This revised 3-piece set is available for purchase to anyone who has attended a TapRooT® course.

Revisions include:

Root Cause Tree: One new root cause and 3 updated root causes.

Root Cause Dictionary: Updates to definitions to cover root cause changes and current industry best practices.

Corrective Action Helper Guide: Updates for new root causes and updated references.

The updated materials are currently available in English only.

Go here to order:

**If you attended a course in 2015, contact for a special discount.

***If you are attending the 2015 Global TapRooT® Summit, you can purchase all at the Summit at a special discount as well! Contact for more information

TapRooT® Public Courses in Europe, Africa & Middle East

Posted: May 20th, 2015 in Courses


Aberdeen, Scotland

Upcoming TapRooT® Public Courses:


Hamburg, Germany | 5-Day | June 15, 2015

Aberdeen, Scotland | 2-Day | June 22, 2015


There are no upcoming public courses scheduled for June and July in this region. Check back frequently for updates or inquire about an onsite course. 

Middle East: 

There are no upcoming public courses scheduled for June and July in this region. Check back frequently for updates or inquire about an onsite course.


For more information regarding our public courses around the world, click here.

Find and Fix the Root Causes of Equipment Related Failures

Posted: May 20th, 2015 in Courses, Equipment/Equifactor®

Don’t end up “fixing” the same equipment problems over and over again. Don’t let equipment issues cause quality, operations, and safety issues. Find the real root causes of your equipment reliability issues and develop effective fixes that will keep them from happening again by using this systematic process.

Did you know that we have 3-day and 1-day courses? What’s the difference? 3-Day Courses include the 1-Day Equifactor® Course along with the 2-Day Incident Investigation and Root Cause Analysis Course so you have it all in one. The 1-Day courses are just the separate Equifactor® course that requires a previously taken 2-Day course along with it, not necessarily all in one trip.

Why take an Equifactor® course? You will not only receive invaluable knowledge for your business, but also a Free single-user copy of TapRooT® Software. (A $2890 Value!) You can’t get a better deal than that.

Still deciding? Watch the video below to hear our Equifactor® instructor, Ken Reed, talk about why this course is right for you.


Steps to register for the course and Free Software.


2) Select a 1-Day Equifactor® Course of your choice (Having already taken a 2-Day course or accompanying it with a 2-Day course)

3) Register for the course and add it to your cart

4) Done!


Upcoming Equifactor® Public Courses:

Sale, Australia | May 15, 2015


Forbes, Australia | June 26, 2015

Weekly Wisdom: The Power of the Mind

Posted: May 19th, 2015 in Wisdom Quote

mind of man

“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” -Napoleon Hill

Monday Accident & Lessons Learned: Hunting Accident

Posted: May 19th, 2015 in Accidents, Video

Could root cause analysis help learn more from this accident? How about a Safeguards Analysis before you hunt?

TapRooT® Public Courses in Canada

Posted: May 18th, 2015 in Courses


Calgary, Canada

Upcoming TapRooT® Public Courses:

Calgary | 2-Day | June 22, 2015

Niagara Falls | 5-Day | July 13, 2015 

Edmonton | 2-Day | July 22, 2015

Edmonton | 3-Day | July 22, 2015

For more information regarding our public courses around the world, click here.

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