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Root Cause Analysis Software Demos

Root cause analysis can be a fairly data-intensive process. You need a way to store, organize, and track individual pieces of data. On top of that, you've got to be able to relate individual pieces of data to each other in a logical fashion. You can do this the old-fashioned way, using pencil and paper (or index cards, or sticky notes). You could also use computer software to accomplish the same thing. In this article, I'll provide links to specialized investigation and/or root cause analysis software packages for which free demonstration packages are available.
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RCA Tool Comparison

As a discipline, Root Cause Analysis (RCA) has been approached from several different areas, but two of the major ones are industrial safety and performance improvement. The industrial safety viewpoint is oriented primarily at preventing bad things, while the performance improvement viewpoint is aimed at producing good things. There is overlap between the two priorities, but overall, the differing viewpoints have led to the development of different "schools" of RCA, with different tools and philosophies.
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