May 11, 2022 | Mark Paradies

Root Cause Analysis: Everything You Need to Know (But Were Afraid to Ask)

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Three Bogus Root Cause Analysis Articles this Week

I read a lot of articles about root cause analysis. They usually claim to be everything you need to know. This week I read three of them with almost identical advice. They recommended:

  • 5 Whys
  • Fishbone Diagrams
  • Cause Trees

as all you needed to know to perform a root cause analysis and solve your problems. What a joke!

You have probably already read one of these articles about the drawbacks of using 5-Whys:

Or this article about the Pros and Cons of Fishbone Diagrams:

When I see someone recommending these techniques as “all you need to know,” I know these “experts” don’t know what they are talking about.

Seeing experts recommend techniques that really don’t work well is very disheartening. Some people may believe these so-called experts. They may use these substandard techniques to investigate incidents. They will develop poor corrective actions. These will be “failed fixes” that won’t prevent more serious accidents. Accidents and incidents that can cause great facility damage, lost customers, regulatory action, and worst of all, lost lives.

What Should You Do? Advanced Root Cause Analysis!

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Attend this course, go back to work, and use what you have learned to analyze accidents, incidents, near-misses, equipment failures, operating issues, or quality problems. If you don’t find root causes that you previously would have overlooked and if you and your management don’t agree that the corrective actions that you recommend are much more effective, just return your course materials and we will refund the entire course fee.

Students working on an exercise at a TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Course.

Don’t wait! You need advanced root cause analysis now to start developing effective fixes and prevent major incidents.

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