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

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[...]
Root Cause Analysis Wiki
I've always wanted to create a knowledgebase for [[Root Cause Analysis]]... something more than a blog or collection of articles. Something like WikiPedia, but without the constant threat of wiki spam, vandals, and random people that just come along and "improve" stuff. Don't get me wrong, I love WikiPedia. However, the topic of Root Cause Analysis[...]
Root Cause Bookshelf for 2014Q4
I used to read a lot more than I do now... sometimes for pure enjoyment, but also for research about my favourite topics (like [[Root Cause Analysis]], of course). Here are some of the books and reports on my root cause bookshelf right now, things I plan to read during the 4th quarter of 2014. I guess I'm in the mood for accident theory and models,[...]

All Earlier Posts

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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