RCA Articles

Listed below are some of the better Root Cause Analysis articles from my weblog. I’ll start the list with what is probably the most popular article on my whole site… the one that’s been linked to by many blogs and websites (some run by government agencies), cited by others in several journal articles, presentations, and even discussed in a couple of books. (Not trying to brag here, but it’s pretty cool to find such references.)

Five-by-Five Whys

Purpose and Definitions
Processes and Tools
Risk and Significance

Last 5 Posts

Followup... System Focused Root Cause Analysis of Complexity
My previous post about root causes in complex systems, in retrospect, looks a little bit like a rant. That doesn't bother me too much, really... but I wish I had included the following info: it is one way to go about resolving the mess that complex systems can make of your [[root cause analysis]].Basically, when you need to analyze a proble[...]
Systems Thinking, Complexity, and Root Cause
I'm getting so very tired of safety/accident researchers claiming that [[root cause analysis]] is an invalid, blame-focused practice that ignores systems and complexity. Most root cause investigators that I know are pretty well oriented towards process, organization, and system issues as the fundamental sources underlying problems and accidents... [...]
New Root Cause Analysis Group on LinkedIn
There are several discussion groups on LinkedIn dedicated to Root Cause Analysis in one way or another. I follow a couple of them, but the one I like the most has a serious problem. So, being the dynamic (ha) and proactive (haha) person that I am, I created a new one.This new LinkedIn group is intended to be an active, open, broadly applica[...]
A Little Confession...
What would the Internet be without Wikipedia? I remember when it was still a brand new thing back in 2001... and what an awesome thing it was, and still is: the Open Source philosophy applied to human knowledge itself. Can you imagine not being able to look something up on Wikipedia, if only to get a quick précis of some topic that just caught your[...]
Evaluating the Quality of a Root Cause Analysis
The quality of a [[Root Cause Analysis]] (RCA) and its Corrective Action Plan (CAP) should be evaluated many times over its lifecycle (i.e., from initial [[problem]] or [[event]], through to final verified and sustainable improved state). Reviews occurring earlier in the lifecycle can really consider only the apparent quality of the investigation/a[...]

All Earlier Posts

Root Cause Analysis Wiki
Cross-Pollination #2
Software as Root Cause
Einstein, Root Cause Guru
Root Cause Checklists
Cross-Pollination #1
Five-by-Five Whys
Human Error
Root Cause Tools
Patterns of Response
RCA Tool Comparison
The BOGUS Test
Four Ignoble Truths

by Bill Wilson
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