Kathleen DeFilippo over at
The AntiSyphus Effect (lost to the ravages of time, kind of, but see below) has written a very nice collection of 10 articles on root cause analysis. I especially like how the articles flow from a logical starting point to a logical conclusion… something I’ve never really bothered to do. She’s also developed a couple of nice little tools (FERCS and the PHaTS Domino) that should be useful to anyone trying to get started in root cause analysis.
Below is a pointer to the Internet Archive of Kathleen’s collection of RCA related articles. (Link updated 25-Sep-2014. Tip: once the page loads, scroll down to the bottom and then work your way back up to read the articles in logical sequence; they’re posted in reverse date order.)
The AntiSyphus Effect: Root Cause Analysis @ the Wayback Machine
I hope you enjoy Kathleen’s articles as much as I did. (She definitely seems to have more energy than me… I am not what you would call a prolific writer.)
by Bill Wilson