June 23, 2022 | Barb Carr

Don’t Be Misled by Academic Studies about High-Reliability Organizations

High-eliability

Mark Paradies will be presenting, “How Admiral Rickover Built the First High-Reliability Organization.”

When?

This presentation is scheduled during Best Practice Session 9 at the 2023 Global TapRooT® Summit, Margaritaville Lake Resort, Lake Conroe – Houston, Texas, April 26 – 28, 2023, (PreSummit Courses, April 24 – 25, 2023).

Session Description

Admiral Rickover built the FIRST (and perhaps only) high-reliability organization – the Nuclear Navy. Here is the story of how he created it, the standards he set, and the performance he achieved (as Forbes magazine wrote: America’s Nuclear Navy is one of the oldest and largest nuclear organizations in the world and has the best safety record of any industry), and the ways that it has lived on long after Admiral Rickover was retired. Not all the stories are success stories. There are potential improvements that could be implemented. But if you understand the standards maintained by the Nuclear Navy, you will understand why governmentally required process safety programs fall short and continue to allow process safety accidents to occur.

Mark Paradies, the speaker for this session, was interviewed by Admiral Rickover, served on two nuclear-powered ships, was qualified as an “Engineer” by NAVSEA 08 (the headquarters Nuclear Navy organization), and has studied Rickover’s methods for decades. Don’t be misled by academic studies of high-reliability organizations by people who have never achieved high-reliability. Here are the key factors from someone who has been there paid the price, and done that.

Speaker Bio

Mark Paradies is President of System Improvements. He has 43 years of experience in high-reliability organizations, process safety, equipment operations and maintenance, incident investigation, and root cause analysis.

His career started in Admiral Rickover’s Nuclear Navy (where he earn Engineer Qualification). He also worked for DuPont in the areas of process safety, human factors, and performance improvement management before he started System Improvements in 1988. Mark worked with Linda Unger to create the TapRooT® System and worked with Heinz Bloch on the original development of the Equifactor® Troubleshooting Techniques. He also is a co-creator of the Stopping Human Error Course.

He has a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Nuclear Engineering (with an emphasis on human factors), both from the University of Illinois. Mark has worked on several incident investigations and root cause analysis standards-setting committees, including the IEEE Standards Committee for root cause analysis in the nuclear industry and the AICHE/CCPS Committee that wrote the book (version 2 and 3) on investigating process safety incidents.

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