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Ed Skompski

Posted: May 28th, 2015 in Instructor Videos, Video Depot

System Improvements Vice President and TapRooT Instructor Ed Skompski shares a little about himself, his teaching experience, and why TapRooT works so well.

Root Cause Analysis Training in Brazil: Sao Paulo Local Attractions

Posted: May 28th, 2015 in Uncategorized

TapRooT® will be traveling to Sao Paulo, Brazil June 22 – 26 for a 5-Day TapRooT® Advanced Root Cause Analysis Team Leader Training Course. Will you be joining us? Sao Paulo is the most populous and wealthiest city in Brazil. The city is full of cultural, museums, parks, and monuments. It is also a melting pot city, home to Italian, Arab, and Japanese diasporas. This gives visitors an unique experience when visiting Sao Paulo. So stay a couple of days after the course to immerse yourself in what Sao Paulo has to offer.

 

Food:

Vila Das Rosas – Looking for a vegetarian option? Well, look no further. At Vila Das Rosas you can enjoy your meal in a tranquil garden after your long day of shopping.

Savor Sao Paulo: Are you a foodie? Then you definitely want to check out Savor. They offer different types of food tours around Sao Paulo. So sit back, relax, and prepare to get stuffed!

Tche Cafe Bar: Is a great place to go if your looking for friendly staff and live music. The atmosphere is laid back and the drink selection is vast.

Templo Da Carne Marcos Bassi: Try out TripAdvisor’s top rated Brazilian Steakhouse. It is one of the best meat restaurants located in Sao Paulo. Below is a video explaining how they prepare their meat for guest.

 

Attractions:

Jardim Zoológico: This zoo is situated in the beautiful Parque do Estado. It is Brazil’s biggest zoo that provides shelter for more than 3,000 animal species.

Ibirapuera Park: Your trip to Sao Paulo wouldn’t be complete without visiting this exquisite park. It is home to the Japanese Pavilion, a planetarium, sports arena, an array of museums, and many other attractions.

Sao Paulo Museum of Art: Known locally as MASP, it houses one of Latin America’s most important art collections. You can see famous European artist such as: Degas, Renoir, Bonnard, and many many more!

 

Below is a video showing you the beautiful sights and the top 7 places you should visit in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

 

Have you been to Sao Paulo before? What are some of your favorite attractions?

 

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: http://www.wsj.com/articles/obama-torpedoes-the-nuclear-navy-1432591747

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.

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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!

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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.

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

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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!

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

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

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:

taproot.com/download/TapRooT_RCT_CAH_Updater_2015.exe

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:

http://www.taproot.com/products-services/about-taproot

TapRooT® Public Courses in Central & South America

Posted: May 21st, 2015 in Courses

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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

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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:

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

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 info@taproot.com.

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: http://www.taproot.com/store/2015-DUOCAH.html

**If you attended a course in 2015, contact info@taproot.com 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 info@taproot.com for more information

TapRooT® Public Courses in Europe, Africa & Middle East

Posted: May 20th, 2015 in Courses

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Aberdeen, Scotland

Upcoming TapRooT® Public Courses:

Europe: 

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

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

Africa: 

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.

1) CLICK HERE

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

GLOBAL TapRooT® PRE SUMMIT and SUMMIT

Forbes, Australia | June 26, 2015

Weekly Wisdom: The Power of the Mind

Posted: May 19th, 2015 in Wisdom Quote

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

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