April 16, 2009 | Dave Janney

TapRooT® Summit – Building your Business Case

Corrective Action Program Track

We understand that for you to spend your valuable time away from work and fund attendance to an event like the Summit, you have to be able to show your organization the benefits.  But what if you could improve your corrective actions and prevent recurrence of your biggest problems?  How much would that be worth?

I’d like to discuss the sessions in the Corrective Action Program Track
and the benefits of them:

•  In “Success Stories from the Field,” Dennis Ward will discuss “Improving Performance by Analyzing Multiple Aviation Incidents for Common Causes,” and Ron Pryor will present “Using TapRooT® in a Kaizen Project to Improve Product Quality,” showing how TapRooT® can be used proactively in conjunction with your quality improvement processes.

•  In the “TapRooT® User Best Practice Sharing Forum,” Linda Unger and Michelle Lindsay will facilitate a user discussion so everyone can learn from each other.  Two heads are better than one, so bring your best practices to share with the group.

“The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly: Which Describes Your Investigations and Reports and What Can You Do To Improve?” Brian Tink and Tom Brower will lead a discussion and an interactive workshop to allow participants time to develop a quality improvement strategy for their company.  Through examples from the session leaders and open discussion, the session will help you gain insight and develop some ideas you can implement when you return to your site.

•  Dan Verlinde and Ed Skompski will present “Managing Incidents & Corrective Actions Using the TapRooT® Software,” covering Corrective Actions, Corrective Action Helper, and Corrective Action Status in the TapRooT® V5 Software, including user management of Investigations/Documents and Corrective Action Management.

•  “Tools to Help Management Evaluate Corrective Actions,” facilitated by Dana Barclay and Ralph Brickey.  If you could write just one corrective action that would prevent an incident, would this pay for your summit attendance many times over?

•  Kevin McManus will present “8 Reasons Why People Don’t Report Problems & 8 Solutions to Improve Employee Involvement” to give you more ideas of how to unleash the power of employee involvement and good morale.

•  “Improvement Effectiveness Measurement” will be presented by Dr. Joel Haight and Brian Tink.  Learn how upstream measures are used to improve performance; more importantly, see how to show the link between these measures and the outcome of your safety activities so you know what is working and what is not.

•  “Trending Using the TapRooT® Software” will be presented by Ed Skompski, Dan Verlinde, and Chris Vallee.  This session will cover how to use your data for trending purposes in the TapRooT® V5 Software, including Corrective Action Status Reports, Root Cause Reports, the search function, and defining trending going forward.

That is a lot of value for $995!  And that does not count the benchmarking with old and new friends from your and other industries.  But WAIT!  There is MORE:

You’ll meet in the morning and afternoon with attendees from all tracks to hear the keynote speakers:

•  Dr. Joel Fish, Brian Tink, and Jim Thompson will talk about how just one root cause analysis changed an industry practice.

•  E.D. Hill from Fox News will talk about “Lessons Learned from Success.”

•  Mike Kelley will deliver an empowering talk called “Establishing a Culture that Promotes Super-Performance” where he will discuss his view that personal and professional growth are tied together and how they ultimately add to the success of the organization.

•  Mark Paradies, our President, and Dave Prewitt will present thoughts on systematic ways to manage performance.

•  Best selling author John Miller will open the day on Friday with a powerful talk on personal accountability.

These keynote talks provide a good balance of usable techniques, personal improvement, and motivation, and alone are easily worth the $995!  How much would it cost to hire just one of these amazing speakers?

And by the way, there is one more thing – the last session you attend will be “Planning Your Improvements” where TapRooT® Instructors will facilitate attendees in developing action plans for when you return.  The difference in success and failure can come down to one simple process; setting goals and following through to achieve them.

Be proactive!  Tell your management that you want to attend the Corrective Action Program Track at the 2009 Summit.   Write down the value to you of each of these sessions, and put some thought around the cost of human error in your business.  What if you could reduce these costs just a small %?  How much is the summit worth to you?  I think you’ll agree, much more than the cost.

Don’t forget our guarantee:  Attend the Summit and go back to work and use what you’ve learned.  If you don’t get at least 10 times the return on your investment, simply return the Summit materials and we’ll refund the entire fee.

P.S. – I would be remiss if I did not mention that it is also a great idea to come two days early and attend a two-day course at a cost of $1895 for a course and the summit (a $200 discount).  See the list of two-day pre-summit course here:


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