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3 04, 2018

Top Five Tips for Effective Evidence Collection

By |2018-11-21T07:44:24+00:00April 3rd, 2018|Process Improvement, root cause analysis, Safety Systems|Comments Off on Top Five Tips for Effective Evidence Collection

Top Five Tips for Effective Evidence Collection By Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems Several years ago, I contributed a chapter to a John Wiley textbook on loss prevention engineering methods. My chapter focused on conducting effective incident investigations, which includes evidence collection. I also find that a lot of my TapRooT® root cause analysis [...]

20 03, 2018

Measuring Investigator Competency

By |2018-11-21T04:13:31+00:00March 20th, 2018|Measurement, root cause analysis, Safety Systems|Comments Off on Measuring Investigator Competency

How are You Measuring Investigator Competency? By Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems Most organizations these days have at least thought about creating competency models for all formal job positons. Typically, these models focus more on defining skills that must be possessed and displayed on the job more than they do on ensuring the [...]

15 06, 2017

Measuring Investigation Process Effectiveness

By |2018-11-21T03:56:30+00:00June 15th, 2017|Measurement, Process Improvement, root cause analysis, Safety Systems|0 Comments

Measuring Investigation Process Effectiveness By Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems Recently, I received a great e-mail question from one of my TapRooT® root cause analysis course participants. His question was basic, but meaningful. “What are your thoughts on measuring investigation process effectiveness?” he asked. He went on to explain that he wanted my [...]

1 06, 2017

How Confusing are Your Equipment Controls?

By |2018-11-21T04:11:12+00:00June 1st, 2017|Process Improvement, root cause analysis, Safety Systems|0 Comments

Confusing Controls by Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems In the recently released Guardians of the Galaxy sequel, Rocket Raccoon is desperately trying to make sure that Baby Groot detonates a nuclear device correctly. If Baby Groot is successful, he just might help save the galaxy once again. If he fails, all could be [...]

11 04, 2017

Six Key Questions Problem Solvers Fail to Ask

By |2018-11-21T04:25:12+00:00April 11th, 2017|Process Improvement, root cause analysis, Safety Systems|Comments Off on Six Key Questions Problem Solvers Fail to Ask

Six Key Questions Problem Solvers Fail to Ask By Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems Whenever I talk to groups about incident investigations in the TapRooT® root cause analysis courses I facilitate, I kick off the dialogue by telling the group that I did 25 years of relatively weak investigations before the light bulb [...]

31 03, 2017

The Psychology of Failing Fixes

By |2018-11-21T05:05:38+00:00March 31st, 2017|Error Proofing, Process Improvement, root cause analysis|Comments Off on The Psychology of Failing Fixes

The Psychology of Failing Fixes by Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems After tens of thousands of corrective and preventive actions have crossed my eyes and passed through my ears over the past thirty plus years, I began to see a definite pattern. It wasn’t the obvious ‘weak fix’ pattern most people see in [...]

16 03, 2016

Evaluating Safeguard Effectiveness

By |2018-11-21T04:47:31+00:00March 16th, 2016|Measurement, root cause analysis, Safety Systems|Comments Off on Evaluating Safeguard Effectiveness

Evaluating Safeguard Effectiveness by Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer and Systems Guy, Great Systems Back when my son has just become a teenager, I included a hike up Half Dome, the iconic monolith in Yosemite National Park, as a side hike during one of our summer vacation visits. The rock did not look that imposing [...]

13 03, 2016

Food Safety Root Cause Analysis

By |2018-11-21T05:03:26+00:00March 13th, 2016|Process Improvement, root cause analysis, Safety Systems|Comments Off on Food Safety Root Cause Analysis

Are Your Food Safety Systems Hungry for TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis? by Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer and Systems Guy, Great Systems I’ve been teaching, facilitating, and leading process improvement efforts for over 35 years, but I’ve only known about the TapRooT® root cause analysis process for a little over twelve of those years.  Eight of those initial 25 years were [...]

3 02, 2016

The Three Stooges of Problem Solving

By |2018-11-21T09:04:09+00:00February 3rd, 2016|Error Proofing, Process Improvement, root cause analysis|Comments Off on The Three Stooges of Problem Solving

By Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer and Systems Guy, Great Systems When it comes to problem solving, we should be much better at the process collectively than we seem to be these days. After all, the improvement methodologies that were introduced over 35 years ago as part of the Total Quality movement (namely the Toyota [...]

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