Author name: Rob De La Espriella

Unleashing the Power of High Reliability Organizations

The HRO designation is not an official title or certification, rather, it is a set of attributes that the most effective organizations share. Adopting the five characteristics of an HRO organization is a worthy transformational initiative that will pay many dividends. And BDIPS is a cost-effective methodology that can help organizations to better understand and implement those principles.

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Why Are Institutions Still Teaching Root Cause Analysis Methodologies from the Previous Century?

Institutions that continue to teach outdated root cause analysis methodologies inadvertently restrict the potential of their problem-solving efforts. To effectively navigate the complexities of the modern era, it’s imperative to embrace innovative and advanced approaches…

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Bringing the 5-Why’s, Fishbone and Event & Causal Factors Chart Into the 21st Century!

BlueDragon Hyper-Integrated Causal Analysis (HCA) was created in the commercial nuclear industry and is rapidly becoming the root cause analysis (RCA) method of choice in the Energy sector. HCA is by far the most advanced and comprehensive problem solving methodology available. It can be used to solve any level of human-centric problems and it can be applied in any industry.

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Ready, Fire Aim! Establishing a “Just Culture”

Today we pay tribute to the American workforce that built our nation.  It also reminds me of the many instances that my clients have nearly fired workers without properly analyzing the event or situation. In most cases, the work force at the sites that I support is largely comprised of the Trade Unions. I have walked into many cases where the relationships with these Unions ranged from “not the best” to downright “terrible.” when I look back at these instances, it was apparent in every case that the site had not established a “just culture.”

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Make Your Industrial Safety Programs More Proactive/Preventive With HCA Rapid Investigations

What is significant about the two examples above is that the root causes for the events could have been identified sooner had the organizations taken a more proactive approach to trend and analyze their “precursor” events (i.e. minor events). What I routinely find when I investigate Industrial Safety events, is that the organizations are largely in a reactive mode.

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Does Your Root Cause Analysis Take Too Long?

An art teacher’s anecdote describes very well how, as a root cause practitioner, I struggled with cumbersome and time consuming tools and techniques for completing investigations. Most root causes would take approximately 6 to 12 weeks with a team of 4 to 12 subject matter experts. But after three decades of practice, I’ve learned how to lean out the process so that my average duration to complete a complex root cause analysis is right at 5 days. In three cases they have gone as long as 10 days.

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It is Difficult But not Impossible to Eliminate Bias from Your Root Cause Analysis…Here’s How

In the classic approach to root cause analysis (RCA), we form a team of subject matter experts (SMEs) and set out to complete our interviews by dividing and conquering. The team splits up and each of us interviews a number of the subjects on the list. Then we return to our conference room, compare notes, and convey what we heard during each interview.

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