June 20, 2017 | Mark Paradies

How do you plan your root cause analysis?

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General George Patton said:

“A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow.”

But for many investigations, I might ask … Do you have any plan at all?

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Planning is the first step in the TapRooT® 7-Step Major Investigation Process. We even recommend a simple plan for simple investigations.

You may have read the earlier article about using a SnapCharT® to plan your investigation (see: https://www.taproot.com/have-a-plan-using-the-taproot-tools-to-plan-your-investigation/)

What else can help you plan your investigation? Here’s a list:

  • Have an investigation policy that specifies team makeup and other factors that can be predefined.
  • Ensure that people on the scene are trained to preserve evidence and obtain witness statements.
  • Consider PPE requirements for team members visiting the scene.
  • Collect any recorded evidence (cell phone recordings).
  • Maintain a chain of custody for evidence.
  • Do you need legal or PR assistance for your team?

That’s just a few ideas. There is a whole chapter about planning in the new book: TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis for Major Investigations.

When you order the book you will also get the latest copies of the Root Cause Tree® Diagram, the Root Cause Tree® Dictionary, and the Corrective Action Helper® Guide – all of which were recently updated.

Order your copy by CLICKING HERE.

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