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February 3, 2021 Amanda DomanEMC Member Services 200 Views

Find out without blame – Root Cause Analysis

Does your team go into blame mode when something goes wrong?

Do they have the tools to get to the root of the problem?

Recently manufacturers joined to learn and discuss how to find the root cause of a problem without the blame.  The presentation by Chad Metcalf, Value Stream Solutions Inc., included information on Quality Controls vs Quality Assurance and the tools needed to find Root Cause.

Quality Control measures are a temporary method to fix the problem, however adding additional check points into your process without changing or amending the process allows the problems to still occur.  While Quality Assurance is a permanent solution where you build in Quality at the source to eliminate the problem.  To do this, you first need to find your root cause. 

How do we find root cause and what tools are used? 

Two problem solving tools discussed were the 5 Why method and the Fishbone method and when to use which method to find your root cause.

Lastly, how do you know when you have reached the Root Cause?  Chad provided the group with the final questions to ask yourself to confirm you have found the source of your problem.

To hear more about the next step in the Plan, Do, Check, Act Process please join us for our event on Kaizen – Improvement Every Day on Feb 11th at 10am.

As a reminder for Northern Companies, training programs such as Root Cause Analysis and several others are available at a discounted rate through our Lean Training Initiative. Most courses are now available through virtual facilitation!