Implement a Cost Effective Root Cause Problem Elimination (RCPE) Process

by Torbjörn Idhammar
Posted 4/17/2006

An effective root cause analysis process can improve production reliability significantly.  But, few organizations have a functioning root cause analysis process in place.  This article will discuss common problems and some suggested solutions in order to improve root cause problem elimination.

Don’t just analyze – implement the solutions
The business process is most commonly named Root Cause Failure Analysis (RCFA) or root cause analysis.  The name itself implies the largest and most expensive problem when implementing problem solving in an organization.   The results wanted from the process are to eliminate the problem, not to analyze the failure.  To convey the desired result to the organization, the name should therefore be changed to Root Cause Problem Elimination (RCPE).   Continue reading →