September 25, 2007 | Mark Paradies

2008 Summit Info

TapRooT® Summit
Las Vegas
June 25-27, 2008

Plan to attend the 2008 TapRooT® Summit. This once a year summit of performance improvement experts is your chance to:

• Learn best practices;

• Network with people from a variety of industries … people who are facing the same issues that you face;

• Learn the latest advanced improvement technology;

• Be inspired by outstanding keynote speakers; and have FUN!

What do we have planned for 2008? Four of the 5 keynote speakers have been set …

The Doctor of Dreams, Marcia Wieder, will inspire you to achieve your dreams for improved performance at your facility.


Olympic champion, Nikki Stone, will share the lessons of overcoming an injured back to win the gold in aerial skiing.

Ed Frederick, Board Operator during the accident at Three Mile Island and now a performance improvement professional, will provide an inside view of the TMI accident and explain how it impacted those caught in the turmoil.

Lt. Col. Ralph Hayles, who will share his story of blame after a friendly fire incident during the first Gulf War.

That’s just the start.

Here’s just a sample of the breakout sessions:

• How to Identify Culture Issues When Performing a Root Cause Analysis

• Exelon’s Error Free Performance Tool

• Dr. Chiodo – Changing Behavior by Praising 49 Character Traits

• How to Get and Keep Management Support

• Latest Human Performance Improvement Ideas from the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations

• Dealing with Obstacles that Make Change Difficult

• Advanced Behavioral Management: Developing a Modern Safety Culture

• Is There a Tradeoff Between Process Safety and Industrial Safety?

• Managing the Risks of Change

• Advanced Behavioral Management: Developing a Modern Safety Culture

• Root Cause Analysis of Major Accidents

• The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: Rating Improvement Programs & Incident Investigations

• What Do Managers Need to Know About Performance Improvement & Root Cause Analysis

• Bringing Safety to the Corporate Board

• What the Corporate Board Needs to Know About Safety

• How to Get & Keep Management Support

• The Human Design Spec – Minimizing Errors While Working in a 24/7 World

• Better Corrective Actions By Using Corrective Action Tools

• Culture Shift Secrets – Changing Systems to Shift Cultures Towards High Performance

• How to Identify Culture Issues When Performing a Root Cause Analysis

• Measuring Performance

• Pursuing Process Excellence – What it Takes to be One of the Best

• Morbidity & Mortality Reviews (Hot Case Rounds)

• Improving Patient Safety & Reducing Risk Go Hand in Hand


• Process for Running a Healthcare Root Cause Analysis

• Engineering Methods for Improving Equipment Reliability

• Hienz Bloch Day (a day of knowledge from Heinz and Ken Bloch)

• Maintenance Best Parctices

•  What’s New in TapRooT® Version 5 Software: A User’s Forum

• TapRooT® Software Techniques & Administrator Best Practices

• TapRooT® Version 5 Software Implementation (From Installation to Configuration)

• Trend Analysis Tools in TapRooT® Version 5 Software

ALSO, there will be 7 Networking/best Practices Sessions:

1. Transportation (airlines, air transport, shipping, rail, rapid transit, trucking) (Wednesday morning)
2. TapRooT® Advisory Board (Wednesday afternoon)
3. Manufacturing, Pharmaceuticals, & Food (Thursday Afternoon)

4. Oil E&P (Thursday Afternoon)
5. Refining, Petrochemicals, Chemicals, Plastics, Pipelines,& Terminals (Thursday Afternoon)
6. Mining (Thursday Afternoon)
7. Nuclear/Utility/DOE (Thursday Afternoon)

Another note…

We are planning on having a day (Friday) of special Spanish sessions for our Spanish speaking TapRooT® Users. These will be on Friday from 9:15 – 2:20.

And BEFORE the Summit we will be offering an extensive list of advanced courses, including:

2-Day TapRooT® Incident Investigation
& Root Cause Analysis Course

2-Day Equifactor® Equipment Troubleshooting
& Root Cause Analysis Course

2-Day Advanced Trending Techniques Training

Advanced Equipment Reliability Techniques Training

Advanced Interviewing & Evidence Collection Training

Stopping Human Error Course

Innovation & Creative Solutions

Risk Management Best Practices

Hazard Recognition Best Practices

Getting the Most from Your TapRooT® Software

TapRooT® and FMEA for
Healthcare Root Cause Analysis

So start planning to attend.

The Summit Fee is $995.

A Course and the Summit is $1890. (Save $200)

If you sign up 3 or more for the Course and the Summit the fee is $1690 each. (Save $400 each).

If you want to sign up 10 or more and hold a special company meeting at the Summit, call Mark Paradies or Linda Unger at 865-539-2139 to arrange your meeting and get additional discounts!

That’s all for now but be watching for the Summit web site when it’s ready:

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