January 29, 2020 | Mark Paradies

Is Your Root Cause Analysis “Just OK”?


We’ve all seen the commercial with the doctor who was,

Just OK

That got me thinking … “Is just OK root cause analysis good enough?”

Well, what is at risk?

  • People’s lives?
  • Your job?
  • Your company’s reputation?
  • Your company’s profit margin?

When you have a failure of your root cause analysis, people could die in a future accident.

Is “Just OK” OK?

The obvious answer is “Just OK” IS NOT OK.

Therefore, if you think your root cause analysis is “Just OK,” you should be doing SOMETHING to improve it.

What should you do?

First, consider the fundamentals of root cause analysis. See this link:


The link describes the following:

  • the definition of a root cause,
  • the best way to find root causes,
  • required root cause training,
  • how software helps root cause analysis,
  • how to grade (evaluate) a root cause analysis, and
  • how to trend root cause data.

Next, get some training. The link above will give you some ideas.

If you already understand the basics, you should be working on continuous improvement.

Where can you learn best practices, the latest research, and proven techniques to make root cause better?

That’s easy … the Global TapRooT® Summit.

What do past Summit participants have to say? Here is a variety of attendees talking about there experiences at Summits all the way back to 2006…

2019 Summit

2018 Summit


2007 Summit

2006 Summit

First, those cameras are much better today than they were in 2006. But I wanted to show a variety of people over a number of years to show you that there have been and continue to be great things that you can learn and take back home to apply at your company.

If you want to know the specifics of this year’s Summit, being held on March 9-13 at the Horseshoe Bay Resort near Austin, TX,  see the complete Summit schedule at this link:


That should get you beyond “Just OK.”

Then CLICK HERE to register.

If you need more information or help to design a plan to improve your root cause analysis, feel free to give us a call at 865-539-2139 or drop us a note by CLICKING HERE.

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