May 13, 2009 | Ken Reed

Root Cause Analysis Tip: Causal Factors Made Easy

Once you’re done building your SnapCharT®, it is time to identify your Causal Factors.  Why is this step important?

– Your root cause analysis will be more accurate by making sure your Dictionary® entries are related to the right problem.
– Your analysis will be quicker and more efficient because you only have to answer questions about a small subset of the incident.
– The Dictionary® questions will be easier to answer, since they are asking questions about the actual problem.

In short, taking the time to develop good Causal Factors will save you time and effort during the analysis.

To help with identifying Causal Factors, we have developed a simple procedure to step you through the process.  The 2008 TapRooT® Book describes this new checklist, and it is also part of our 2-Day and 5-Day TapRooT® courses.

Want a little more practice and tips from the experts?  Come to the 2009 Summit!  The Advanced TapRooT® Techniques pre-Summit course will give you more hints, ideas, and practice identifying causal factors in several different examples.  Sign up now while there are still seats available at what we expect to be a sold-out course.

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