THE FIRST UNIVERSAL PROBLEM-SOLVING SYSTEM FOr REGULATED INDUSTRIES

BlueDragon
Integrated Problem-Solving System (IPS)

A modern, holistic and sophisticated system for accident investigations, root cause analysis and enterprise risk assessments. With BlueDragon IPS, organizations can proactively strengthen their defenses and eliminate the causes of costly human errors and other complex recurring problems in the modern workplace!

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INTRODUCING

BlueDragon IPS

BlueDragon IPS is not a set of RCA tools for your tool kit, but an overarching framework that can easily integrate all of the tools in your company’s tool box, including tools from Lean Six Sigma, TQM, ASQ, and all of the traditional Root Cause methodologies.  With the BlueDragon universal system, organizations can solve problems faster and more accurately than traditional methods, dramatically improving safety & performance and reducing overhead by returning lost time and resources to mission critical tasks.

BlueDragon has been vetted and implemented at some of the most technically challenging sites in the world, including nuclear power plants, the nuclear weapons complex and the DOE National Science Laboratories.

The Challenges

The cost of recurring human-centered problems in the United States are in the trillions per year. The costs of recurring issues in the Healthcare system and poor software quality in the United States are over 3 trillion dollars per year, on average. The following three reasons explain why organizations are not preventing their recurring, complex problems.

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Lack of Awareness

Industries are not recognizing that complex human-centered problems in modern sociotechnical work environments require a different set of skills to solve, as they are not probles that can be solved by math and science alone.

This leads to...

Organizations waste time, money, and resources dealing with recurring problems resulting in less time focused on their mission.

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Lack of Education

Researchers tells us that mainstream education falls short of graduating students with the critical thinking and problem solving skills needed to solve the modern problems in today’s workplace.

This leads to...

More and more leaders are becoming aware that their personnel lack critical thinking skills and are relying heavily on what they hear or find on the internet.

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Outdated Methodologies

Most of the methods, tools and techniques for root cause analysis were created over 50 years ago and do not account for complex, 21st century problems.the complexities of the modern workplace.

This leads to...

Management is frustrated because problems are recurring in spite of best efforts to find and eliminate the causes.

The Solution: BlueDragon IPS

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IPS transforms your team into strong critical thinkers and problem solvers.

The BlueDragon Integrated Problem-solving System (IPS) is an advancement in root cause analysis that emphasizes efficiency and critical thinking to pinpoint human-centric problems that are costing the business money.

This is important because regulated industries—such as Energy, Aerospace, Food and Drug, Transportation, and Healthcare—are subject to laws requiring root cause analysis (RCA), but RCA often requires proprietary software that doesn’t provide enough detail to target complex problems.

Spend more time and resources on the mission

Accurately identify what's actually causing your problems

Prevent events from recurring and reduce your backlogs

Gain essential skills that will transform your team and advance your career



What We Do

“At BlueDragon, we unlock the infinite human potential for solving the deepest and most complex problems through employee and management empowerment and engagement”

 
 

Key Attributes of BlueDragon IPS

Click on each attribute to learn more about why BlueDragon IPS is the gold standard in root cause analysis and investigator training.

Lean

BlueDragon IPS is arguably the leanest method on the market.  [Lean is the elimination of waste in a process].

 

For example: subject matter experts are used sparingly (usually one to two hours); Interviews are done in small groups; There is little or no note taking (answers are posted on the chart); Results are validated as we go, so there is no lengthy validation process. And, there is no lengthy report. 

Agile

To increase efficiency, we incorporated the four values of the Agile Manifesto into the methodology.


For example: Root causes are developed through interactions with subject experts and not through proprietary software; Results are captured in their final format; End-users and process owners are brought in to collaborate in the root cause.

 
Scalable

IPS is scalable enough to be used to investigate any issue of any level of significance and complexity, making for a truly graded approach to causal analysis.

One benefit of using a scalable model for all causal analysis is that analysts rapidly gain proficiency.

 
Flexible

When investigating a complex problem, new information and inputs are coming in on a daily (and sometimes hourly) basis. 

BlueDragon is flexible enough to take any new information in stride at any time in the process (even at the final briefing of the executives), providing for a more comprehensive and rigorous investigation with better results. 

Accurate

IPS allows us to identify the deepest-seated causes of an event, issue or negative performance trend with amazing speed and accuracy. The method's accuracy comes from attacking the problem from multiple perspectives as outlined in the "Anatomy of an Event," from developing a great understanding of common causes, and by using an improved BlueDragon definition of a "root cause" that comes from three decades of solving complex problems.

 

Cost-Effective

BlueDragon combines the best features of traditional tools into a single framework and is the most lean, agile, scalable, flexible and accurate method in use at the Department of Energy's National Laboratories and the Nuclear Weapons Complex. Significant cost and resource savings can begin to be realized as soon as BlueDragon is incorporated into your Risk Management, Corrective Action and Contractor Assurance Programs. 

 
Lean

BlueDragon IPS is arguably the leanest method on the market.  [Lean is the elimination of waste in a process].


After three decades of development, BlueDragon’s creator has eliminated many of the wasted time and energy in getting to the root causes.


For example: subject matter experts are used sparingly (usually one to two hours); Interviews are done in small groups; There is little or no note taking (answers are posted on the chart); Results are validated as we go, so there is no lengthy validation process. And, there is no lengthy report. 

Scalable

IPS is scalable enough to be used to investigate any issue of any level of significance and complexity, making for a truly graded approach to causal analysis.

There is a great benefit in using one scalable model for different levels of causal analysis: the more it is used, the more proficient the analysts become in identifying the deepest-seated causes for the event. This leads to better corrective actions. 

 
Cost-Efficient

IPS combines the best features of traditional tools into a single framework and is the most lean, agile, scalable, flexible and accurate method in use at the Department of Energy’s National Laboratories and the Nuclear Weapons Complex. IPS is being adopted as quickly as clients can send their staff through one of our workshops.

The net benefits are clear: Significant cost savings can be realized once BlueDragon IPS has been incorporated into your organization’s Risk Management, Corrective Action Program and Contractor Assurance Systems.  

Accurate

IPS allows us to identify the deepest-seated causes of an event, issue or negative performance trend with amazing speed and accuracy. The method’s accuracy comes from attacking the problem from multiple perspectives as outlined in the “Anatomy of an Event,” from developing a great understanding of common causes, and by using an improved BlueDragon definition of a “root cause” that comes from three decades of solving complex problems.


IPS guides the causal analysts through the comprehensive process of data analysis, the development of evidence-based lines of inquiry, and the cause and effect analysis using the subject matter expertise of applicable parties. The overall results are outstanding.


Using the BlueDragon IPS, our clients identified the root causes for issues that plagued them for months and years.  

 
Flexible

When investigating a complex problem, new information and inputs are coming in on a daily (and sometimes hourly) basis. This requires adjusting timelines, researching requirements, generating new lines of inquiries and engaging different parts of the organization.


IPS is flexible enough to take any new information in stride at any time in the process (even at the final briefing of the executives), providing for a more comprehensive and rigorous investigation with better results. 

 
Agile

To increase efficiency, we incorporated the four values of the Agile Manifesto into the methodology.


For example: Root causes are developed through interactions with subject experts and not through proprietary software; Results are captured in their final format; End-users and process owners are brought in to collaborate in the root cause.


And, there is great flexibility built in to the BlueDragon Framework in that any input or information can be processed any time it comes in.  

Training & Certification

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Training & Certification

Advance your career or build your team with a BlueDragon certification. BlueDragon IPS offers both online and in-person training and certification for Analyst, Practitioner and Master Practitioner levels.

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Management Orientation

Essential training for leaders and managers that are supporting BlueDragon investigations. Choose from either instructor-led management indoctrination or our online, self-paced course.

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Refresher Training

An update for existing BlueDragon Analysts and Practitioners.

Learn the latest techniques of BlueDragon IPS, and keep your skills alive and active.

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Accident Investigations, Root Cause Analyses, Risk Assessments

Hire our Master Practitioners to lead or facilitate your investigation or analysis.​ BlueDragon Master Practitioners have led or facilitated problem solving efforts at some of the most complex operating environments such as the U.S. National Laboratories and the Nuclear Weapons Complex. 

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Coaches & Mentors for Executive Leadership Teams and Improvement Initiatives

Hire our Master Practitioners to mentor your staff. BlueDragon Master Practitioners have provided award-winning coaching and mentoring consultation services to Executive Leadership Teams (ELTs) and organizations across the Department of Energy campus. 

How is BlueDragon IPS used?

Proactive Self-Assessments

BlueDragon IPS helps clients conduct in-depth assessments of design basis threat scenarios using current operating parameters, guidance, leadership and culture, and to achieve optimal performance by identifying gaps in performance and improving the overall strength of defenses within systems affecting quality and safety.   

Real-Time Analysis & Event Investigations

BlueDragon IPS helps clients rapidly evaluate and address negative performance trends and significant problems or events, so that the organization can efficiently close performance gaps and return to mission critical tasks, minimizing the costs of downtime.   BlueDragon IPS is a methodology for developing and maintaining the relevancy of any crisis portfolio.  

What Makes BlueDragon
The Best Problem-Solving System?

A Holistic Approach

BlueDragon incorporates elements of Systems Theory, to ensure we evaluate the applicable systems and subsystems that are required to deliver desired outcomes.

Integrates The Best Traditional Tools

BlueDragon uses the best features of traditional (but antiquated) tools and techniques (e.g., 5-whys and the Fishbone), and integrates them into a single framework that is many times more accurate, lean, agile and efficient.

Backed By Science

BlueDragon is founded on solid principles such as Behavioral Analysis, High Reliability Organizations, Systems Theory, Lean Mistake Proofing, the Hierarchy of Hazard Controls, and Managing the Risks of Organizational Accidents.

Uses Qualitative & Quantitative Methods

BlueDragon is designed to simultaneously integrate qualitative behavioral analysis with and any number of quantitative data analysis methods, resulting in maximum accuracy and efficiency.

Our Clients

BlueDragon is in use at some of the most technically challenging sites in the world, including most of the Department of Energy’s National Laboratories and the Nuclear Weapons Complex. 

What Our Clients Say

Ishikawa Fishbone rose to prominence in the 1940s, and Six Sigma in the 1980s.
Our clients see that today’s hyper-integrated, data-rich society needs a 21st century approach to problem solving.



Return on Investment

Most organizations can reduce their recurring issues by at least 20% or more, saving millions of dollars in overhead per year!

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The Cost of Recurring Problems

Many organizations are not aware that the costs of recurring issues and corrective actions can be in the millions of dollars per year… all on overhead.The cost of waste in the U.S. caused by human-centric issues are in the trillions per year.  

Calculating ROI

The Hidden Cost of Recurring Problems

  • 10 Root Causes / yr. = $6.875M
  • 100 Apparent Causes / yr. = $2.5M
  • 1000 Minor Issues / yr. = $1.8M

Training Costs for 8000 Employees with a 50% Enterprise Discount

  • 15% Trained on BD1 
  • 5% Trained on BD2 
  • Total Cost over 3 yrs. = $1M

5-Year ROI Based on a Reduction of 20% of Issues and 30% in Time Savings:

1545%

Use the spreadsheet below to calculate your own ROI.

THE RISKS

Can you afford not to prevent recurring problems?

Unless organizations commit the resources to conduct root cause analyses, they will continue to experience recurring events.  

Lost Revenue
Losing trillions of dollars while using outdated Root Cause Analysis
Lost Contracts
Loss of trust and regulatory confidence leading to lost contracts
Industrial accidents
Industrial accidents from lack of problem-solving skills in the organization
Staffing Issues
Problems with recruitment and retention leading to a turnover of quality staff
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Featured Resource

Free Hidden Cost Calculator: Discover How Recurring Problems Are Costing You
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